As always, the main objective of video games is to immerse a player in a virtual environment. With the release of VR, the concept of immersion in video games is much more real because now a gamer can truly interact with the virtual world of video games with virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Sony’s PlayStation VR which is releasing later this year. Originally announced as Project Morpheus back in 2014 as an accessory for the PlayStation 4 to play select games in VR. The PlayStation VR only requires a PlayStation 4 to work and it is praised by many people who tested it in various electronics and gaming conventions. Following is all you need to know about PlayStation VR.
Design of the PlayStation VR
Just like any other VR headset, the PlayStation VR can be worn on your head. But the main difference between the PlayStation VR and other headsets, is that it is designed to be more comfortable and to reduce claustrophobia when it is being worn. PlayStation VR can also be easily worn by people who wear glasses and we mentioned in our review of the Oculus Rift. The PlayStation VR has a quick release button system so that you can put it on and take it off very easily.
Just like how the PlayStation 4 is designed to look futuristic with its parallelogram design, the PlayStation VR sports a futuristic look with its elegant curves with black and white colors about which most people are likely to say that it looks better than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, not that those headsets are bad. There are really nice LED lights around the edges of the headsets which help the PlayStation Camera in tracking the movement of the headset.
PlayStation VR Features
The PlayStation VR will come with a processor unit which will connect with the PlayStation 4 to make it work. The PlayStation VR will be compatible with the PlayStation 4 without any restriction and will work with your PS4 out of the box. You can also connect this processor unit to your TV so that someone else can take a look at what you are playing.
Inside the visor, the PlayStation VR features single 5.7” display with a 1920×1080 resolution which is further split into a 960×1080 resolution for each eye. The PlayStation VR is capable of rendering video games at 90 to 120Hz providing an immersive life like experience, which is considered rather advanced than its VR headset counterparts for the PC.
As mentioned above, the PlayStation Camera tracks the movement of the PlayStation VR through LEDs which is located at different points of the headset. Some games can be controlled by the DualShock 4 controller, while some games will work with the PlayStation Move controllers.
Release Date and Pricing
The PlayStation VR will be released worldwide in October 2016. There will be two bundles releasing. The standard one will have the PlayStation VR along with its accessories to connect with the PS4 which will be available for $399 in the USA and £349 in the UK. The Launch bundle will have the PlayStation VR, PlayStation Move controllers, PlayStation Camera and VR Worlds game which will be available for $500 in the USA. The PlayStation VR is available for pre-order on Amazon, BestBuy and many more.
Sony has announced that around more than 230 different developers and game publishers are developing games for the PlayStation VR and over 50 games will be available at launch. Some of the launch titles include EVE: Valkyrie, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Eagle Flight and VR Worlds.
So, this was all you need to know about PlayStation VR which is releasing October, 2016. The main advantage of the PlayStation VR is that it is the cheapest since it does not require a very high-end PC to make it work. The VR headsets being released for gaming this year are truly the biggest innovation and revolution in gaming in a long time.