What is PlayStation VR all about? PlayStation VR is a Virtual Reality headset which works with PS4. This headset, when worn, takes you to a Virtual world where you feel like being inside the game and playing it as the protagonist of the game.
PlayStation VR is a late comer in the VR market after the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive hit the shelves a few months back. Although it was a little late to the party, looks like it is going to stay longer than expected. This VR headset is relatively cheaper than the rest of the PC VR headsets and does not require beefy laptop specifications to work. All you need is your PS4 and the PS4’s GPU is good enough to get this VR headset working.
How does it work?
This VR headset works like any other, it produces two different images which when viewed from the VR headset gives rise to the illusion that you are in the game which is nothing but a computer simulated environment. The PlayStation VR headset has in total 9 LED lights, 7 in the front of the headset and 2 at the back. These are tracked by the PlayStation Camera which then makes the head-tracking by the VR headset possible.
The PlayStation Camera pretty much restricts the motion of the person wearing the headset so you want to keep that in mind while playing a game. The PlayStation Camera has been working fine with headset although the Move Controllers which are used during the gameplay might get a little annoying because of the jerks that can possibly get because of inaccurate tracking by the camera.
It is still not a deal- breaker but that can be a little annoying if it happens more than once in the same game. The overall working and the comfort level that this VR headset has to offer is pretty good when compared to the other fellas in the VR competition.
Design of the PlayStation VR
The VR headset has a really classy design and with the silver and blue color combination going on. The headset is lighter and the weight distribution on this headset is efficient. This allows you to game for really long hours even with the headset on. This headset is up to its game when it comes to comfort level.
Although the headset does have a great design and comfort, the gap for the nose is wider than it should be which allows light to seep in. In the case, you have glasses the problem is going to just worsen. This is the only setback which one could face when it comes to using the headset.The headset has provisions to adjust the eyepiece which makes the headset much more comfortable to use.
Will I still buy the VR headset? Oh, yes. I definitely would!
With all the games and Virtual reality promised together, there is no way I’m going to give up on this VR headset. It is coming from one of the best gaming brands and added to that, the content for this headset is only going to grow with time. Added to that, you are getting the VR headset at a lower price in comparison to the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. So, if someone is getting started with Virtual Reality then the first option they should look for is this VR headset (provided you have a PS4).
Specifications and all the Technology involved!
Display Method: OLED.
Panel Size: 5.7 inches.
Panel Resolution: 1920×RGB×1080.
Refresh Rate: 120Hz, 90Hz.
Field of View: Approximately 100 degrees.
Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system.
Connection Interface: VR headset: HDMI, AUX, Stereo Headphone Jack.
The VR headset has a lower field of view than the Oculus Rift, but the overall experience with this VR headset is pretty amazing. Shifting your gameplay from the Rift to the PlayStation VR might make you understand the whole lot of differences between the display qualities that they have.
The setup of the PlayStation VR is relatively easy however it is a wired headset and not as easy to use as the wireless ones (Samsung Gear VR). But with all the PC VR headsets wired, it is a little too early to expect this one to be wireless. The headset is pretty easy to use and with the list of games that have been launched alongside the PlayStation VR, things only get better.
The OLED screen with the resolution of 1080 pixels is good but if you go for a comparison with the Rift, then you may probably not find it that appealing. The Oculus is better in overall quality but there is one thing to admit here that the PlayStation VR headset looks way more promising and is a cheaper alternative to the Rift and Vive.
The other PC VR headsets require laptops with beefy specifications but the only thing that is required by the PlayStation VR headset is the PS4 which indirectly is a money saver because a VR ready laptop can cost you a fortune.
What do you get inside the box?
- PlayStation VR headset
- Processor unit
- PlayStation VR headset connection cable
- HDMI cable
- USB cable
- Stereo headphones
- AC power cord
- AC adaptor
- PlayStation VR Demo Disc
The PlayStation Demo disc has the demo versions of a few games which you can try when you first get the VR headset. Later on, you can go ahead to purchase and download the game once you have been convinced by the demo. Without any further ado, let’s look at the games that come with the demo disc.
- DriveClub VR
- Eve: Valkyrie
- Harmonix Music VR
- Here They Lie
- Job Simulator
- PlayStation VR Worlds
- Resident Evil 7 biohazard — Kitchen Teaser
- Rez Infinite
- Rigs Mechanized Combat League
- Tumble VR
- Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
- Wayward Sky
Motion Sickness with the PlayStation VR
Motion Sickness was seen in a few games, however, it is advised that you need to take a break in regular intervals in order to overcome this problem. Although it might seem something serious, but it isn’t that bad as it sounds. Once you start feeling anything unusual you need to remove the headset right away and get some fresh air.
Not all games will give you this feeling but there are a few titles which can cause you motion sickness. Resident Evil was the only one title which was famous for the motion sickness induced than the game itself. However, with the few developments, even this game has become way better than the demo which was seen at the E3 event.
The main reason that causes it is the change in frame rate and the fact that you are in a virtual world yet you aren’t interacting with it. There are many reasons but nothing which is a deal breaker. All in all, the fear of motion sickness should not stop you from buying this because it is really worth the experience and the gameplay.
Buying PlayStation VR Online
Buying the PlayStation VR online is as simple as it can get. The VR headset costs $399.99 but that is just for the VR headset. You would need the PlayStation camera and the controllers which is included in a launch bundle which will cost you around $550 which is still cheaper than the Oculus Rift and way cheaper than the Vive.
Is PlayStation VR a cheaper alternative to the other VR headsets?
Absolutely not. I think PlaySation VR has its quality and comfort level which is great. I think it really is a nice VR headset for all the PS4 owners since it saves a lot of trouble of having a Desktop which is VR ready(meeting the requirements of the Rift and the Vive). This VR headset has grabbed a lot of attention already and its sales and functioning are going way smoother than the time when the other VR headsets were launched.
I will consider PlayStation VR worth an investment, what about you?
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