PlayStation VR – A winner all the way
PlayStation VR, known by the code-name Project Morpheus was first announced at The 2014 Game Developers Conference.
Few days back, on Oct 13th, Sony launched PlayStation VR. Here’s everything you need to know about PlayStation VR: Tech, Specs, Best Games as well as Price and availability.
External Dimension – VR headset: Approx. 187×185×277 mm (width × height × length, excludes largest projection headband at the shortest) Processor unit: Approx. 143×36×143 mm (width × height × length)
Mass – VR headset: Approx. 610g (excluding cable) Processor unit: Approx. 365g
Display – 5.7 inch OLED display
Resolution – 1,920 x RGB x 1,080 (960 x RGB x 1,080 per eye)
Refresh Rate – 120Hz, 90Hz
Field of View – Approximately 100 degrees
Sensors – Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
Connection – VR headset: HDMI, AUX, Stereo Headphone Jack
Interface – Processor unit: HDMI TV, HDMI PS4, USB, HDMI, AUX
PlayStation VR at a glance:
- Sony’s virtual reality headset compatible with all PS4 systems
- Price of $399 not including required PlayStation Camera and highly recommended move controllers.
- 50 VR games to be available by the end of 2016
- Significantly cheaper than other rivals like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
PlayStation VR is Sony’s virtual-reality head-mounted display, which requires the PlayStation 4. But, what is VR?? Well, it makes you feel like you are somewhere your body is not. It attempts to fully immerse you into a virtual environment. It’s a virtual world that gives you the experience of being somewhere else in a different time, at a different place, all without ever leaving your home.
For those who are wondering how PlayStation VR works, here is the official explanation:
“PlayStation VR (PS VR) is a headset that displays a stereoscopic (a different image is in each eye) view of Virtual Reality (VR) content generated by the PS4 system. The headset contains blue LED tracking lights and motion sensors that are used in conjunction with the PS Camera to track the position and orientation of your head in real-time. VR games and applications use this tracking of your head to render immersive 3D visuals and audio that put you into a virtual world. The PS4 and PS Camera also track DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move motion controller, and PlayStation VR Aim controller to allow you to interact with this virtual world.”
Why do I need a VR headset ?
Interesting question, but a simple answer..
The main reason you’re looking to get a VR headset is to play games. At the launch PlayStation VR has some impressive games and moreover Sony has promised more than 50 titles by the end of 2016. Survival-horror, action/adventure, FPS and other genres will cover a lot of experiences you can expect to experience with PS VR.
Do I get any demo ? Can I experience it a bit before shelling out my money ?
When you get PlayStation VR, you get a demo disc which has all the ready-to-play titles. The demo disc is also available on PlayStation store for free download.
You can play these demos and then go for the titles you love. Here is the list of some of the best titles available for you to buy now:-
- Job Simulator – The game takes place in a highly interactive future world where players can try their hands at a mix of menial and skilled jobs with the opportunity for mischief along the way.
- EVE: Valkyrie – EVE: Valkyrie is a multiplayer dog fighting shooter set in the EVE universe. If space is your thing then go for it without blinking an eyelid.
- Rez Infinite – The ultimate version of Sega’s psychodelic rail-shooter adventure Rez, with its unique blend of shooting, rhythm and action.
- VR Worlds – VR Worlds includes five games: The London Heist, Danger Ball, VR Luge, Worlds Scavengers Odyssey and Ocean Descent. It’s included in the launch bundle.
- Battlezone – Strap yourself in the Cobra Tank and enter the explosive chaos of a neon-bathed far future Earth and face tanks, turrets, drones and mechanical swarms as you fight for the survival of the planet.
Friends and family can watch you as you game thanks to Social Screen TV – which displays a 2D version of what players are seeing in 3D on your TV.
Compatibility Issues ?
All the games available on PlayStation 4 are compatible with VR but only in 2D “Cinematic Mode”, which simulates a large cinema screen inside the headset. For instance, playing Black Ops 3 Zombies on a huge screen. Sounds cool, right? Furthermore, you can also enjoy Netflix hits like Narcos on the cinematic screen without leaving the comfort of your home.
PS4 and PlayStation Camera are necessary for PS VR whereas Move controllers are optional. But for the complete VR and 3D experience, Move controllers are highly recommended. The PS VR Aim Controller, unveiled at Sony’s E3 2016 press conference let’s you aim and take fire in your immersive world. However, there’s no news on its pricing or launch details.
PlayStation VR is designed to be fully functional with PlayStation 4. If you’re starting from scratch, you’re spending $800 for a PlayStation 4, PS VR headset, PlayStation Camera, two PlayStation Move Motion Controllers, and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds. Whereas if you own a PlayStation 4 the complete kit (Launch Bundle) will cost you around $500. In either case, it’s cheaper than Oculus Rift($600, without necessary controllers) and HTC Vive ($800) which require high-end PC’s that already cost more than $1,000. Get your hands on the Launch Bundle as soon as possible as it’s already out of stock with the major retailers.
I am in India, when do I get it ?
I knew this question was coming 🙂
Indian customers in particular the one’s looking forward to get their own PS VR headsets may have to wait a bit longer. According to Sony, Indian launch date will be “Confirmed in due time”.
We will surely keep you posted on the news!