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Game Consoles Get 4K & VR Ready

Mari Silbey

While much of the tech world was focused early this week on Apple's WWDC developer conference, gamers had their eye on the annual E3 event.

In related video news, both Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) made big announcements surrounding their next-generation game consoles. Microsoft followed the release of its compact, 4K-capable Xbox One S (available for preorder now) with an unveiling of "Project Scorpio." "Project Scorpio" promises 4K gaming in addition to video, as well as support for virtual reality. Microsoft says the new product will be "the most powerful console ever created, with 6 teraflops of GPU delivering a premier console gaming experience including true 4K gaming and high-fidelity virtual reality.

The catch? It won't be available until late 2017.

Sony, on the other hand is moving faster on the virtual reality front with a promise to launch its PlayStation VR headset on October 13 of this year.

According to Variety, Sony is committed to making at least 50 VR games available at launch. The VR headset will cost $399 and must be paired with a PS4 console.

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— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading

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6/23/2016 | 4:24:49 PM
Re: Sony
It seems that Sony does want to get to the VR market first and best. They're previewing the new device shortly in Indianapolis at electonic big box stores before the official public sales begin. Those that join the VR marketing late might be left behind unless they've got a real blockbuster product.
User Rank: Light Sabre
6/18/2016 | 10:42:01 AM
I can see why Sony wants to be a frontrunner for VR. The console market is in flux and people increasingly are attracted to mobile devices. 

Virtual reality headsets could change that. If Sony corners that part of the VR market, it could be really good for them. 
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