VIRTUAL Reality headsets promise a new dimension for gaming. PlayStation:VR lets you fight in ‘RIGS’ and race cars in ‘DriveClub’ from the comfort of your sofa.
However, more expensive competition puts Sony’s ‘cheaper’ headset through it’s paces.
At £349.99 PS:VR can hardly be called cheap for essentially a console ‘add-on’. Costing more than the system needed to run it, PS:VR appears flawed to anyone new to virtual reality.
Sitting pretty in-between VR-enabled phones and the top end HTC: Vive, Sony’s new headset may actually be the cream of the crop.
Vive’s higher resolution provides crisper images – Sony’s new RGB pixel format reduces screen door – resulting in a lesser drop in visuals than expected. Sony’s 1920 x 1080P screen will never look as good as the TV when its an inch from your retina’s. However, it does a fantastic job and your immersed within minutes, forgetting the real world exists at all.
PS:VR offers the most comfort by a mile, resting it’s entire weight across your head. Oculus and HTC both adopt ski-mask like designs, lashing the device to your face with Velcro. Sony have really flexed their excellent product design arms, making PS:VR takes the crown for best looking and most functional of the current devices.
The inevitable draw-back comes from the PS4 Camera. Probably still sat using your TV stand as a grave, your constantly reminded of PlayStation’s rich history of rubbish add-on’s and forgotten devices.
This is where it gets tricky.
PS:VR relies on the very same camera. Once set up, this means you have limited movement if you want to keep the headset working. It can also struggle to pick up the headset tracking lights in sunny conditions. Leaving you to become a sweaty, nerdy hermit enclosed behind masses of blinds and curtains. Relic PS Move controllers also appear for a second outing. Despite negative reaction, the move controllers offer intuitive VR hand tracking. Infact, maybe Sony had bigger plans all along with the move controllers. Dualshock 4 and VR headset also use the same light bars.
Now that the drawbacks are covered, here is perhaps the best point; the games.
PS:VR is housed by PlayStation which happens to have the most first party developers of any console manufacturer. They have huge deals with most third party developers too meaning that of all current VR headsets, PlayStation already have the best games. This will continue through the products life-cycle and should produce weird, wonderful and whacky games for all ages.
Playstation:VR is truly the first mass market virtual reality system. It merges fantastic design with great tech specs and is available to any of the over 40 million PS4 owners world wide. It is the easiest to set-up and the fastest to get playing. With a decent install price and a swamp of amazing launch games, it is hard to criticise Sony’s valiant effort.
VR is here and I couldn’t be more excited!