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Sony's aggressive headstart in the VR race

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>> First came Facebook's Oculus Rift. Then HTC Vive and Samsung's Galaxy Gear. Now Sony are jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon with PlayStation VR. I'm Rosanna Philpot, reporting for Reuters in Sony's London Headquarters, immersing myself in their new VR headset. It's hoped to be the first mainstream and affordable device of its kind.
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But that all depends on whether the gamers are happy to buy into this new kinda reality. But the end of the year, you'll be able to buy 50 VR titles, including Star Wars Battle Front and Batman Arkham. Players won't need to exert themselves. This is suppose to be the first VR focused around sitting and you can game against other the players.
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Sony releasing its headset at midnight in New York as well.>>
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>> Outside, a long queue forming. Some gamers have waited for this for a long time.>> Well, I decided to leave work a little bit early to get here. I didn't know I'd be first, but I'm definitely glad I am.
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I've been waiting for a VR headset since I was a little boy, and I do have a Playstation so, it all makes sense.>> Its' release comes nicely timed for Christmas. But it's safe to say, this will be no stocking filler. The head set alone will set you back 350 pounds.
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You need to have a Playstation already and buy games and special controllers on top of that. But Oculus and HTC are almost twice that price and so NE hopes to outsell them. They're the first gamer to launch a VR headset for its flagship gaming console. And just to be sure they're launching two new PlayStations.
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They're also banking on the fact that over 43 million PS4 consoles have been shipped worldwide. Giving them an aggressive head start in the VR race by being cheap, and in some ways first.