With hundreds of games, videos, interactive material and offers that accompany it, PlayStation VR is by far one of my favorite VR headsets currently available on the market. I personally love the fact that it runs through the PlayStation 4 consoles, making it far more affordable if you already own one. Not to mention the attractive price compared to other VR headsets out there, making PSVR quite easy to buy indeed.
On this post, we cover some basic as well as more detailed characteristics of PSVR, pointing out whatever you need to know before buying one for yourself. Let us begin by firstly understanding what a PSVR headset is and how it works.
Very comfortable and handy, the PSVR headset works just like any other headset. It produces two 1080p high definition images stereoscopically, meaning a different image for each of your eyes in order to create that 3D effect you are after. This comes through a 5.7 inch OLED panel situated just in front of your eyes when you are wearing it.
The PSVR headset also comes with nine LED lights strategically positioned on its surface in order for the PS4 camera to be able to track a full 360 degree movement when needed. It uses a 3.5mm headphone jack that allows you to listen to high quality sound while playing your games.
As you may already know, PSVR needs a PS4 console in order to run to its full capacity. But you can use it with limited options by connecting it to your PC, too for example.
You can play alone or with your friends who will be able to see a static 2D image on your TV’s screen, allowing you to enjoy cooperative or competitive titles where two or more players can participate.
PSVR can work very well with standard DualShock 4 controllers, but in order for you to experience some console’s games that require shooting or the use of your hands, PlayStation Move controllers or the PlayStation VR Aim controller are advisable, and sometimes necessary.
We have to mention that you won’t be able to play wireless, like with Oculus Quest for example, but since your movements are limited to a certain play area with PSVR, and you are usually seated, it is not that much of a big deal overall.
Keep in mind that as of December 31, 2019, PlayStation VR has sold over 5 million units worldwide and the number is growing each day.
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A Short Review of PSVR
If you are a VR enthusiast or just someone new to the Virtual Reality industry who only wishes to enjoy the marvels of it without too much sweating or money investing, then PSVR was made for you.
With tons of stuff to do, by merely watching adorable short movies like Invasion, or literally losing yourself within the fantastic fictional world or Astro Bot, challenging your way through various levels of fun and entertaining game play environments, PSVR will keep you occupied for a long, long time.
The price is fair too, around $300, especially if you already own a PS4 console, and there are some pretty interesting bundles that come with motion controllers and some greatest games ever made for VR like DOOM VFR or Skyrim V.
Of course, with great power comes great responsibility, and since VR experiences could be powerful ones, one must comply with the health and safety regulations. This means taking regular breaks between gaming sessions, especially if you are completely new to VR (I mean seriously, you don’t want to get nauseous and lose all the fun now, do you?) as well as reduce the play hours at least for the first several times, until you get familiar with this whole new feeling.
Let us not forget that PSVR is not perfect, but it is one of the best VR experiences the Virtual Reality industry has to offer right now.
It Is All About FUN
Yes, yes it is! Expect to be excited, thrilled and generally speaking to have the time of your life. Especially if you are new to the VR industry, the first time you put on your headset it feels like nothing you have ever experienced before. A totally new, totally immersive, absolutely genius experience lies ahead of you.
I remember when I first got in touch with VR. It was astounding, to say the least. My very first game was VR Worlds, and my very first experience was the shark encounter. It felt so real but at the same time of course, you know it by the little details, or better, the flaws to deliver those, that this whole experience is a virtual one. Still, I had the time of my life and even today, after all this time, it never ceases to amazes me.
Take your time with this experience. Give it a go. And you will find out that THIS is the future of not only gaming, but the world itself, in many of its wonderful aspects.
It Needs a PlayStation to Run
Indeed, if you don’t have one, and you want to buy a VR headset, you should consider your budget first, among other factors. These factors include whether you want to be completely wireless, for instance. Many VR headsets offer wireless entertainment, although PSVR is not one of them.
Also keep in mind that a PS4 console is a fair investment of money, that is true. But buying an Oculus Rift for example, which requires an awesome PC to run on, which in turn means it will cost you a lot more money to enjoy what you are here to enjoy in the first place, is something you should consider before that final decision.
To Cut a Long Story Short
There are several very good VR headsets out there today, and PSVR is one of them.
Having many aspects that place it on top of its category, having others that can be surpassed by some of its competitors, PSVR is still a great choice. Not only for those of you who want to invest their money on VR, and do not know where to start from, but also for those of you who continue from where you already are in the VR universe.
For our detailed review of an affordable PSVR Bundle, click here.
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