The war of virtual reality has really began to start, as Sony’s joining into the pit with the PlayStation VR.
The main question people tend to ask me, how much did you pay? Is it worth all the money?
Well, in this review I will try to give you guys my opinion on the new system from PlayStation.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COSTS?
You must have a PlayStation 4 system and the PSVR camera (PlayStation 4 camera works as well) to be able to use the VR headset. So how much money do you need?
Well the PSVR is priced at around 557 Euros here in Norway, and the PlayStation 4 camera is priced at 65 Euros. You do not need move controllers to get the VR headset to work, but this does work best to gain full experience. Move controllers priced at around 103 Euros (can find cheaper somewhere else).
So to sum this up:
PlayStation VR full experience – 725 €
(Own PS4, no games included)
PlayStation VR full experience – 1074 €
(Buy PS4, no games included)
IS IT WORTH THE MONEY?
If I compare the PSVR with the rest of the “pit” (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive) you will find out that the PSVR is significantly cheapest. If you go buy the full experience from PlayStation, it would still be cheaper than the Oculus Rift headset alone. But is this a good thing?
Let’s get into the specs, the PSVR does have the lowest display quality compared with the “pit”. A 1080p 5.7 inch OLED screen compared with Oculus and Vive’s 2.160 x 1.200 on each eye. There’s only one big thing with this. In certain features or games, if you don’t have the specs right in front you,I’ll bet you don’t even notice the difference.
One spec that the PSVR has, that the rest of the pit hasn’t is the ability to render games from 120Hz to 90Hz. This means a more smoother experience, and motion sickness less likely to happen.
Because of the rendering ability, I got myself to play even longer and more comfortable than I’ve used to from Oculus.
As well as playing games that are specific for VR, you can also play regular PS4 games as Destiny or FIFA. This is because of the cinematic mode in the headset. It’s incredible fun and impressive feature, but with a small image quality sacrifice.
DESIGN AND COMFORT
The VR headset alone is beautiful to look at. It looks expensive and makes you happy about it on the shelf the when not in use.
The white edging and black fascia inside makes the headset more “futuristic”, and all the blue lights that make the motion works, looks almost taken from an sci-fi movie.
The headset is very sizeable, you can press a button at the back to extend the plastic band and then place it over your head, it will then automatically adjust to fit. If you still feel like it’s loose you can tighten it up with the dial behind.
The headset feels very comfortable to use, it doesn’t feel like the headset is gonna kill your head by gripping. The weight is evenly balanced between the front and the back of the headset as well. One big bonus is that people with glasses will have no problems with this headset. It fits!
But not everything is shiny and beautiful. There are a lot of cables in the work, two HDMI cables, one USB cable, power adapter for the processor, thick USB cable for the headset and a small USB cable from the headset as well. This means there’s a lot of wires in the way if you don’t find an solution hiding it. The cables ain’t a issue after you have connected and hidden a few cables.
I personally think that the PSVR is worth your money now. The VR experience and line up with games are incredibly good and affordable for normal people. The comfort and design is pretty sleek and it’s incredibly fun to use.
The PlayStation VR is the best experience on the market for now, and the gameplay is more comfortable experience than the Oculus. There are a lot of cables in the works but not an issue.
- Beautiful design
- Better value than Oculus and Vive
- Comfortable to use
- User friendly
- Need more USB ports for charging on the PS4.
- PlayStation camera sometimes struggle to locate the VR headset
A few blurry moments on graphics on different video games (not that noticeable)