We’ve come a long way in the virtual world of technology. Thinking back to the days of the Virtual Boy, there really hasn’t been a console device that has tested the waters since. It’s been decades. So not only should we give Sony Interactive Entertainment kudos for attempting to present us with a satisfactory device, we should also commend them for creating one of the most interactive virtual reality devices to ever hit the consumer market. This is no gimmick ladies and gentlemen. I’m here to tell you that the PlayStation VR is the real deal. But don’t take my word for it – try it yourself!
I got the opportunity to try out the PSVR a few months prior to release and I had some mixed feelings to be honest. I really enjoyed the demonstration, but I had some doubts when it came to light emitting from the bottom of the headset, as well as some blurred images while playing. Little did I know, that the headset needed to be adjusted a bit more and my experience would have been perfected. Once I was set up, I no longer had these problems and noticed an immediate difference and quickly realized that this device was the next big thing.
The headset itself was very easy to set up thanks to the detailed quick start guide included in the box of the PlayStation VR, as well as detailed videos on PlayStation’s YouTube page. Once set up, one of the key steps you will need to do if possible is to dim all lighting in your room. Doing this helps the experience tremendously. The PlayStation VR uses the PlayStation 4 Camera to track your head movement in association with where you are located on the screen. It’s a simple concept, but the way Sony has utilized its existing technology in order to optimize maximum sustainability throughout the entire experience is truly remarkable. It also has full 360° head tracking as well, which means you can rotate your body around completely and still be immersed in the three dimensional world.
“I’m here to tell you that the PlayStation VR is the real deal. But don’t take my word for it – try it yourself!”
The headset itself is fairly lightweight and comfortable. It can be adjusted to fix your head, and the OLED lens can be moved accordingly to help focus. It fits comfortably with, or without glasses. Once the headset is on your head, and adjusted to your eyes, it can be tightened to help secure the fit. This helps form an even more comfortable fit to your forehead and the back of the head as well. Headphones are recommended as well (noise cancelling such as Bose or Beats By Dre work best for a full immersive experience).
While the PlayStation VR gives us virtual reality to consoles, it doesn’t come at a cheap price. Sure, it is one of the more affordable VR experiences available on the market currently. But if you do not have the PlayStation 4 Camera, and PlayStation Move controllers, this device will set you back by about $500.00.
If money isn’t an issue you still may be hard pressed to hide your cords neatly upon setting up the device. PSVR has a lot of cords. Let me repeat that: PlayStation VR has A LOT of cords. There is an HDMI cord that connects to the television to the processing unit. An HDMI cord that connects from the PlayStation 4 to the processing unit. A USB cord that connects to the PlayStation 4. A cord that connects to the PlayStation VR headset. The headphones that connect to the PlayStation VR. You get the picture – this thing is #CordCity.
The games on the PlayStation VR are what you would expect at launch – games that immerse you into the experience – but leave you with wanting more. However, each and every single game on the demo disc included in the PlayStation VR gives you an idea of what PSVR can really do. All of the launch games do an amazing job of giving an expectation of what you can look for in the product as well. Unfortunately each of the are relatively short and will leave you with the feeling of wanting more out of your experience. They’re all very good and an excellent tease of what this device can rarely do. Hopefully Sony will support the PSVR, and we can we it excel into the future.
“You get the picture – this thing is #CordCity.”
I was not a true believer of virtual reality prior to playing the PlayStation VR from the beginning. But I can tell you now, after extensive playthroughs that this device truly is the future of the PlayStation brand. It does have a few shortcomings as I have mentioned in my review here, and the game lineup could be a little bit better. But there is no doubt that the potential for greatness awaits, and the future has truly arrived for PlayStation. If you are on the fence, I urge you to find the nearest kiosk and experience PSVR yourself. You won’t be disappointed. PlayStation VR retails for $499 (Bundle), and $399 (Core) and is available now.
What We Loved:
+ A true VR experience for console gamers
+ Easy setup & detailed instructions
+ Nice introduction of titles that showcase what the device is capable of
+ Amazing potential
What We Didn’t Love:
– Price is a little steep for technology that hasn’t solidified itself in the industry yet – still a lot to prove
– Launch lineup leaves the player wanting more from the experience