2016 is looking like the year where VR is finally possible. We’ve got three different major VR headsets slated to make their debut this year: The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and the PlayStation VR. But where will you be picking them up? GameStop is hoping that you’ll head to one of their stores for your virtual reality needs, and their announcement has an interesting bit of information in it.
Yesterday, GameStop’s CEO Paul Raines did an interview on Fox Business’ Mornings with Maria. During the interview, he mentioned that the company was “preparing for the launches of the major VR products.” These of course being the Rift, Vive and PS VR. He went on to mention that they are in talks to get the Rift and Vive into the store, but that they had already locked down an agreement to get the PlayStation VR onto their shelves.
While this might not be all that interesting, he noted that they “will launch the Sony product this fall.” Now, Sony has been fairly quiet about their forthcoming headset, but what they have stated is that it is supposed to launch in the first half of 2016. Raines’ statement sounds an awful lot like a delay, to me.
It’s possible that Sony will be launching their device earlier, but GameStop won’t be getting it until the fall. However, it’s far more likely to think that Sony has pushed back the date for their headset. After all, the device was absent at CES this year, where both the Vive and Rift were shown off to the masses. And the last time that they even mentioned a release date was nearly a year ago. Hopefully Sony will be able to clarify their current intentions for the headset in the near future.