After years of dreaming for technology to catch up with our wildest gaming fantasies, Virtual Reality is finally here. And it is amazing. Playstation VR launched in October 13, 2016, and since then the platform has built up a strong catalogue of games that utilize the VR technology. I picked up the VR Headset just recently, and I’m already in love.
The Playstation VR utilizes an AMD Graphics Processor and a 5.7-Inch 1080p Display inside the headset. This setup provides users with a 100-degree field of view, which isn’t as impressive as other VR headsets on the market, but has not hindered my in-game immersion. The graphics inside the VR Headset take a hit compared to what you’d see on a flat screen playing on a PS4, but playing Star Wars: Battlefront and Resident Evil 7, I was still finding myself blown away be the sights and experiences of the VR headset.
In my opinion, the design of the headset is incredibly sleek and sci-fi inspired. On top of the cool design, it’s also incredibly comfortable. One of my biggest concerns was how long I could stand to be inside the virtual reality set, but I’ve managed a few hours at a time. The only issue is how hot it can get pressed against your face, and the games that require you to move a lot can build up a sweat. This also causes issues with smudging, so the PS VR lenses require maintenance on that front. I haven’t worked up the courage to wear my glasses and the VR at the same time due to rumors of scratches, but supposedly the PSVR allows you to wear them during play.
The only major complaint I have with the design are the mishmash of wires that are required to hook up the device. The Playstation acts as an entertainment hub in my house, so we have it set up in the living room for movies, Netflix and games. The PSVR requires multiple plug-ins to be able to run the headset, but the system also requires a Playstation Camera for additional tracking. On top of that, the PSVR uses its own separate Move controllers, which are similar to Wii remotes, that require charging via a USB outlet. Currently, my only available outlet is the front of the Playstation, so all of the equipment causes a mess. For me, that’s a small price to pay for the virtual reality experience, but be warned to those of you who take pride in your wire management!
One of the cooler features for the device though, and this may be a plus for many, is the ability to play your Playstation or watch a movie while lying down or while your television is otherwise occupied. If you aren’t playing a VR game, the headset still works by displaying the Playstation’s screen in front of you like a giant television hovering right before your eyes. While this isn’t a selling point, it’s a really cool feature worth considering!
Gameplay is where the PS VR truly shines. It’s hard to explain just how amazing VR truly is, because while most games are viewed and experienced from a distance, PS VR is truly an experience. The first thing I did with Playstation VR was load up the Star Wars: Battlefront X-Wing mission. The game places you in the shoes of a rookie X-Wing pilot running your first mission, and I was immediately blown away. Within a few minutes, I was completely immersed in the game, to the point that I got emotional over the fact that I was living out my childhood dream of flying an X-Wing. This experience is possible thanks to the technology of the PS VR, which tracks head motions seamlessly. If there’s a delay in motion, I haven’t been able to notice it when it comes to head tracking. Battlefront only required the VR Headset and the standard PS4 Dualshock controller, so I was able to settle in comfortably for the experience. However, there are other games that utilize more motion and the Move controllers.
The Move controllers are incredibly similar to the Nintendo Wii’s remotes from a few years back, but they work excellently with the Playstation VR. When they work, they’re incredibly accurate and easy to use. When they don’t work, it can be a little frustrating. I would say that more often than not, the Move controllers give me no issue at all. But when you’re in a game that requires precision and every second means life or death (looking at you SuperHot), it’s beyond frustrating when the Move controllers don’t pick up on your movements. Despite this, it’s never been enough of an issue to turn me off from the VR, but if you’re susceptible to rage-quitting, keep this in mind.
Another issue to keep in mind is motion sickness. I personally have issues with it, including games that simulate cars and roller coasters, but the VR has not affected me at all during play. However, if you are prone to motion sickness, make sure to limit play sessions or you’ll probably be in bad shape.
The Playstation VR is an incredible piece of technology, and it’s the perfect fit for those who are interested in being on the forefront of VR technology and already own a PS4. It’s hard to sell someone on VR without experiencing it, because that’s exactly what it is: an experience. It’s made me laugh, sweat, given me chills and made me recoil in terror. The PS VR has been the coolest gaming experience I’ve had in years, and I would absolutely recommend it to any gamer. With an impressive growing catalogue of games, now is the perfect time to jump on VR.