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PlayStation is late to the VR party but may win anyways (The 3:59, Ep. 11)

Ben and Roger's latest podcast hits on Sony's VR headset, Instagram's move to curate its feed, and a movie called "Hardcore Henry."

Ben Fox Rubin Former senior reporter
Ben Fox Rubin was a senior reporter for CNET News in Manhattan, reporting on Amazon, e-commerce and mobile payments. He previously worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Roger Cheng Former Executive Editor / Head of News
Roger Cheng (he/him/his) was the executive editor in charge of CNET News, managing everything from daily breaking news to in-depth investigative packages. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade and got his start writing and laying out pages at a local paper in Southern California. He's a devoted Trojan alum and thinks sleep is the perfect -- if unattainable -- hobby for a parent.
Expertise Mobile, 5G, Big Tech, Social Media Credentials
  • SABEW Best in Business 2011 Award for Breaking News Coverage, Eddie Award in 2020 for 5G coverage, runner-up National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for culture analysis.
Ben Fox Rubin
Roger Cheng
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With virtual reality heating up in 2016, Sony this week revealed more about its plans to come out with its own VR headset.

The PlayStation VR, which will cost $399 and come out in October, will hit the market later than VR headsets from HTC and Facebook's Oculus. But folks may think the wait is worth it. While the other headsets need a pricey desktop computer to work, the PlayStation headset can be used on the PlayStation 4 gaming console, a device millions of folks already have, so the PlayStation VR might prove a more popular option.

We also talk about Instagram's new plans to switch to a curated feed, with the social network surfacing pictures it thinks will be more relevant to you. Last, we discuss a movie called "Hardcore Henry," which is getting some notice at the South By Southwest festival. The flick was shot in first-person with a GoPro camera.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng and CNET Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin.



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