By: Brian T.
Ever since virtual reality first started becoming a possibility, many different companies have been competing for the highest end, most affordable, most mainstream VR headset. Starting with Oculus and their Oculus Rift, if was built off crowdfunded money. After that the phone maker, HTC partnered with game developer Valve to create their own VR headset called the HTC Vive. After seeing all these different individual successes in the VR market, Sony has stepped in to with their very own PlayStation VR.
Sony has had it’s sights set on the virtual reality market for a while but only on March 18, 2014, did Sony announce that they were developing a VR headset. After two and a half years of development, Sony is finally releasing the PlayStation VR on October 13. The release of the headset has already been paired up with many VR games releasing on the same day so buyers of the headset will have plenty of to play the day of release. Some of the many games accompanying the PlayStation VR launch are Batman Arkham VR, Battlezone, and, Farpoint. The headset can also be paired up with the PlayStation Move controllers to provide a much more immersive VR experience.
The PlayStation VR is a head-mounted display unit (HMD) that has a 1920 x 1080 HD screen resolution, and a 120Hz refresh rate. Having a very high refresh rate is especially important on VR equipment because if the refresh rate is too low, it can make people get motion sickness. The Oculus and HTC Vive headsets only have a slightly better resolution and refresh rates, but are a lot more expensive. The headset also has rubber around the edges so that no light will get in and there will never be any glare from other light. The PlayStation VR is also incredibly easy to set up with very few but detailed instructions.
A very disappointing thing about the PlayStation VR headset, which may put off buyers, is that the headset can only be used on a PlayStation 4 which can be upwards of $400. The games for the VR also must be bought, adding even more on the overall price tag. You will also need the PlayStation Camera to track your movements, and a pair of PlayStation Move controllers to play most games. These items together cost around $1000 not including the games, and that could be very expensive for some people.
Overall, the PlayStation VR is a good product, but when you step back and look at the overall price tag, you could potentially buy higher end VR equipment if you already have a computer. The PlayStation VR currently seems only good for people that already own a PlayStation 4, because having to buy a PlayStation 4 would be too much for some people. In conclusion, the PlayStation VR is a very excellent piece of technology, but with it only being able to be used with a PlayStation 4, it could very well put off many potential customers.