The PlayStation 4 (PS4) will be receiving a new hardware upgrade on Oct. 13, 2016, with their new PS virtual reality (PS VR) headset. According to Wareable, the new VR headset accessory is easy to set up. Simply connect the camera first, a required element to play the game, then follow the instructions for the Processor Unit.
Gamers need to remember that the cables become a pass-through for the HDMI. One goes from the television into the unit, the other from the unit to the PS4. It does not affect the HDR performance on the TV.
Unlike the commercials, PlayStation suggests gaming with the VR hardware while sitting down. There is not a need for room mapping. The recommended distance is around 5 feet from the camera, allowing enough room on both sides for lunging, ducking, and turning.
The PlayStation VR has blue lights that act as head tracking points and a padded crown section on the forehead. It weighs 610g and does not feel like it will slip down the player’s face. There is a pass-through camera that allows the gamer to see the real world. However, there is a button on the bottom of the headset that slides the screen back and forth.
Comparing the Systems
Google’s VR headset, the Daydream View, costs $79 and comes with a wireless controller. Furthermore, the company also introduced the first Pixel phones, starting at $649. It runs Andriod 7.1 and has built-in VR support. The View is shipping in November, as reported by The Verge.
The PlayStation VR baseline cost is $399. However, the PS VR bundle is $499. It comes with a tracking camera and two Move controllers. The PS VR starts shipping in October.
The Facebook-owned Oculus Touch hand controllers start at $199. The controllers allow players to use their hands to manipulate simulated environments. Moreover, the company announced the Oculus Earphones will cost $49. The Oculus Rift is priced at $600 bringing the grand total to $799. The Rift will begin shipping in December.
The HTC Vive features a headset with a field view of 110º. It has 32 sensors with a resolution of 2160 x 1200 and a 90 Hz refresh rate. It is priced at $700 and was released in April 2016.
Questions & Answers About the PlayStation VR
- What is needed for the fullPlayStation VR experience?
Most of the PS VR games allow the gamer to use the DualShock 4 Wireless Controllers. However, many of the games allow the gamer to enhance their experience with the PlayStation Move motion controllers.
- What is VR?
VR stands for Virtual Reality. It is the simulation of an alternate reality created by designers and programmers. The PlayStation VR system delivers a VR experience for players’ eyes and ears. This happens through a combination of the 360º, 1:1 tracking of the gamer’s head, the wide field of view, stereoscopic images with a refresh rate of 120Hz, and the binaural 3D audio. The combination causes the brain to think it has been transported to another world.
- Can non-VR games and video content be played on the PS VR?
The PlayStation VR has a Cinematic Mode. This feature allows the user to watch content in 2D, which includes PS4 games and movies. Users can watch the content while wearing the VR headset.
- Can the hardware be pre-ordered?
The three separate waves of pre-orders have concluded.
- Can other people experience what the player sees?
Yes, the PlayStation VR displays what the gamer is seeing, in 2D, on their television set. This is a feature called Social Screen, which allows others to observe and sometimes play alongside the person wearing the headset.
- Is there an age range for the PlayStation VR?
Yes, ages 12 and up.
- What is the Processor Unit (PU) and what does it do?
The PU is a small box that comes with the PlayStation VR and connects to the user’s PS4 and television. It enables Social Screen TV output, 3D audio processing, and Cinematic Mode.
- How many games are currently ready for the PlayStation VR?
There are approximately 50 titles ready to launch before the end of the year.
- What games are available for the PlayStation VR?
The PS VR is brand new but its game lineup spans across genres. Games include shooters like, “RIGS Mechanized Combat League” and “Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.” Puzzle games like, “SuperHyperCube.” Racing games, such as “Driveclub VR,” and horror like, “Resident Evil 7 Biohazard,” that are scheduled for release in 2017.
- How will the user now what games are PlayStation VR compatible?
PlayStation VR compatibility will be shown on the front of the game case. It will say whether or not the Move Motion Controller is needed.
The PlayStation VR Will Dazzle Players
The vibrant, rich, and immersive display of the PlayStation VR has little visible lag, thanks to its less than 18m latency. The Vive is a higher end VR headset, therefore, if the gamer has used this headset before, they will notice the difference with PS VR right away.
Another bonus includes live streaming to Twitch, software like “The Playground,” and the up and coming, “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.” Owners of the PlayStation VR can expect some non-gaming content, in the form of shorts and VR films. Also, there will be a Hulu App available in the U.S., plus movies, such as “Invasion,” “The Martian,” and “Allumette.”
By Tracy Blake
Edited by Jeanette Smith
Wareable: Sony PlayStation VR review
PlayStaion Blog: PlayStation VR: The Ultimate FAQ
Stream: HTC Vive
USA Today: Oculus unveils Touch controllers, hints at standalone headset
The Verge: First Click: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or PlayStation VR?
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