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GameStop will start shipping PlayStation VR headsets this fall, CEO says (update)

Is that a delay?

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GameStop will start selling Sony's PlayStation VR headset this fall, said Paul Raines, the retailer's CEO, in an interview on Fox Business' Mornings with Maria yesterday.

Asked about GameStop's interest in virtual reality, Raines said the company is "right now preparing for the launches of the major VR products," and cited three: the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. GameStop is currently "in discussions" with Oculus VR and HTC about selling their headsets, according to Raines. But he confirmed that GameStop would stock PlayStation VR, saying, "We will launch the Sony product this fall." You can watch the interview below.

It's unclear if Raines meant that Sony would launch PlayStation VR this fall, or if he just meant that that's when GameStop will start selling the headset. If it's the former, that would be a delay — the last timing Sony gave any indication of release timing for PlayStation VR was March 2015, when the company said the headset would be available in the first half of 2016.

Of course, that was almost a year ago, and things may have changed since then. We've asked Sony and GameStop for comment, and will update this article with any information we receive. As for the other two major VR headsets coming out this year, Oculus will start shipping the Rift on March 28, while HTC will begin taking pre-orders for the Vive on Feb. 29 for a release scheduled for April.

Update: Reached for comment, a GameStop representative told Polygon, "To clarify, Sony has not officially announced a release date for PlayStation VR. Whenever it launches, we are excited about how the technology will change gaming."

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