Hey, Gamer Friends!
Is virtual reality the future of gaming?
PlayStation seems to think so. Thanks to them we get to experience it in our own living rooms with their new virtual reality headset. Luckily for us, it’s just an add-on. I was worried at first that we might have to be buying a new system altogether. Though they do suggest buying the new PlayStation 4 Pro console when it hits the store in November. The Pro improves frame rate and image quality for the PSVR.. but, truth is the headset will put quite a dent in your pocket book, costing around $400.
So…it ain’t cheap folks!
(But, do keep in mind it is still compatible with the regular PS4 as well.)
Is this new virtual reality experience worth it?
Let’s find out…
It was said that this would be the big year for VR, and some companies have held up to that rumor. The Oculus Rift & HTV Vibe were the first two high-end consumer VR products on the market. They arrived this Spring and sold out in minutes, including pre-orders. Since then, though, the market for these has been on the decline, due to both products not being able to produce an app large enough to hold VR margins.
Google and Samsung also came out with their versions early last year… yet the PSVR is what we’ve heard most about. Especially these days. PlayStation is always on top gaming technology, and it’s not unlike them to want to put their mark on this genre too, I’m sure they have considered all this and their product will be a significant step above the rest.
PlayStation VR is their way of bringing this technology to the PlayStation 4 console. Their headset is simpler to use than the other VR equipment I mentioned earlier.
360-degree gaming has become even more mainstream this year, but real VR gameplay may be a bit out of reach if you don’t think you can drop $400. Wouldn’t we all like to be able to, though.. lol. No worries, though, as the hype dies down so will the price so keep that in mind. Your dreams of VR gaming haven’t been squashed just yet. Either way, the money may be worth it anyway so don’t blame yourself if you break down and get it. If you have the console already, it’s probably a great investment.
PlayStation has been working on this since 2014 and first announced it as “Project Morpheus.” That’s plenty of time for them to have worked out most of the kinks.
Sony’s design is much sleeker than other versions, with clean white lines, and a 60’s science fiction appeal. Very retro! It’s appealing to look at it and despite if that matters or not, it’s eye catching enough. The truth is, we like things to look nice even if it’s not really that important. The external camera tracks movement with an array of blue sensor lights, 6 in on the lining of the edge of the mask, two in the back, and then one right in the middle of the front panel.
Sony kept comfort in mind and made their headset very easy and comfortable to wear. It straps on like a ski mask, just be sure not to strap it on too tight, this may be the only thing that causes discomfort… Other than that, it’s pretty cozy. It’s easy to adjust so that it fits you good and snug, even if you wear glasses.
PlayStation really thought of everything when creating the design.
PSVR isn’t only competing with other VR headsets. Samsung VR is in its third generation, and with Google’s first Daydream headset they have cornered the market on mobile VR, leaving the playing field pretty much open for Sony. Mobile headsets hardly have the same appeal, they lack things such as positional tracking and graphical performance. But they create great fun on the go, I suggest giving it a whirl.
Unlike other headsets, the PSVR includes some interesting extra features. There is an in-line remote found on the tethering cable that controls the power, volume and the built-in microphone and even a jack for plugging in your favorite set of earbuds.
Unlike The Rift or The Vine, the set up for the PSVR is super easy. There is no third-party software to download, just a quick guide to help you get set up painlessly and walks you through any necessary updates. The best thing about this system is that it is so user-friendly. It’s easy to share with your friends, even those who never knew they would love VR gaming so much.
I am sooooo… looking forward to checking this out.
Do you think this will bring on a new era of gaming? Or do you think it’s just another fad? Are you planning on trying it? Have you already? Comment and let me know your experience with it if so…
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