The gaming world is now stormed with the Virtual Reality headsets resulting in VR headsets for PS4 because with Oculus and HTC Vive in the picture, the developers of Sony had to come out with a PlayStation VR, codenamed Project Morpheus in order to have a stand in the cut-throat competition between the VRheadsets.
However, the VR headset for PS4 will not be released before the month of October this year and till then it will be leaving the market space to its competitors. The team did come out with its demo and a few featured games that would be launched alongside with the VR headset. Till now, it is confirmed that there will be around 50 games which are going to be launched alongside the PS VR.
The PS VR is one of the console oriented VR headsets and there has been a lot of demand for this VR headset than expected by the manufacturers. It is one of the fastest sold hardware at GameStop and that itself suggests that the PS VR has a very large target audience to reach.Without further ado, let’s get into the specifications of this VR headset.
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Display: 5.7-inch OLED
Resolution : 960 x 1,080
Field of view (FOV): 100 degrees
Refresh rate: 90-120 Hz
System requirements: PS4 and PlayStation Camera (not included in the box)
Release Date: 13 October 2016
What you get in the Core Headset box
Well if you order for a PSVR you should be expecting these accessories included in it.
However, one should note that the box doesn’t include PlayStation track camera to track your movements and the PlayStation Move wand controllers so that is an added expense(PlayStation Move being optional). But that is in the case of the core headset box which includes just the headset and a set of cables as seen in the picture above.The launch bundle, on the other hand, includes the contents of the core headset and the additional tracking camera with the PlayStation Move.(Both are available on www.amazon.com)
However, since it would work with the PS4 console so the headset will work with the DualShock 4 which comes along with the PS4 and you can buy the PlayStation Move for a room-scale experience(Optional), which would make the VR experience more immersive.
Quality of the headset
Moving to the headset it has a bit lower specs compared to the Oculus Rift, however, the experience is no less and it maybe not as great as the Oculus or the Vive, but it surely is amazing. When it comes to the price of the headset, it is less than the Rift, however, there is an additional tracking camera which needs to be bought for the headset to work.
- It has a 5.7-inch screen and the refresh rate is about 120 Hz.
- It is pretty comfortable to wear as compared to the other VR headsets and that could be a major advantage for a few of us who are planning on staying with their VR headsets on for a couple of hours.
- And yes, you are going to have resolution issues if you are used to using the high-end Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. But that is no deal breaker since we have to admit that both the Oculus and the Vive demand for beefy PC specs in exchange for a more immersive experience
- However, the headset is pretty good when it comes to tracking the head movements it does the job very accurately. It enables you to look around, implying that it is supported with 360 degrees head tracking system.
Sony decided to launch about 50 games along with its VR headset and a few of them being Valkyrie and Job Simulator, however, since it is compatible with the console I’m expecting the content to only increase with time. The PlayStation Neo is up for a release next year and by then the content would increase by multiple times.
This is pretty good gaming dosage for all the hardcore gamers. However, for the price of $399 and the added expense of the PlayStation camera and the PlayStation Move we need to wait and watch if it would be more than the price of the Oculus Rift or not.
Nevertheless, this VR headset is a much better option for all the PS4 console owners because nobody would go for the rift or the Vive as they would require a PC with high specs which would again cost something around $1000 and more.
Should I buy the Sony VR headset?
If you are a PlayStation addict and would want to get into the virtual world of gaming then I guess it is the perfect choice for you. There is no comparison here with the Oculus Rift or the Vive because once you look into the specifications of the laptop that you need to run them, you would find the PS VR a much better option. For all the PS4 console owners, the PS VR is definitely a much better option than the other two VR headsets in the competition.
If you look at the PlayStation VR headset, it surely is in the game of catch up with the other VR headsets like the Rift or the Vive, but what makes it different is that it only requires the PS4 console and people who already own it, should definitely go for this VR headset.
PlayStation VR compatible games
The VR headset developers have promised the release of 50 games by the end of 2016. Sony has been very strict on the games that are compatible with the headset and has reportedly not accepted to include any games that go below 60fps. This shows that even though the PlayStation VR is the last headset that is being launched among the three major VR headsets, the developers do not intend to leave any room for lagging or blurry frames.
The headset even includes a cinematic mode which gives the players the feel that they are playing their games on a big virtual screen. The PS VR does make the games look visually spectacular and the Resident Evil has to be one of my favorites among the 50 games that are to be released with the PlayStation VR headset.
The list of the games include EVE-Valkyrie,Resident Evil 7, 100ft Robot Golf, Ace Combat 7, Adrift, Albino Lullaby, Allison Road, Apollo 11 VR Experience, Aquarion Evol,Ark: Survival Evolved, Atom Universe, Bad Bird, Battlezone, Chernobyl VR Project, Classroom Aquatic, Crystal Rift, Cult County,etc.
Do check out the video to see how the games look on the PS VR and how immersive the experience can get.
The PlayStation VR headset is an ideal choice for a PS4 owner and it is in a way cheaper than the Oculus Rift. Even though the additional tracking camera and the move wands have to be bought, it still won’t as much as the Oculus Rift bundled with the Oculus Touch which is to be released by the end of this year.
The PS4 console supports only one VR headset at a time, so in multiplayer games, you can have two people playing the game on TV and one of them wearing the VR headset.With the release of the headset, there would be 50 games that would support the PS VR which is really a great start.
Coming to the cost of the headset, it is worth $399 and along with it, you would definitely need the tracking camera, Sony did not include it in the box since the tracking camera and the PlayStation Move have been around for a few years now and there might be many consumers who already own it.
So there are rumors that the VR headset would be bundled with the camera and the wand controllers or you could even buy them separately in order to make it easier for the consumers when they make their purchase.
Buy Sony VR headset
If you have opted to try out the Sony VR headset then you really need to wait till 13 October 2016 as that is when the consumer version would be available on their official sites. Till then all we can hope is that they have enough stocks and it does have a huge demand and supply difference.
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