Sony PlayStation VR:Immerse yourself in a vivid virtual world of gaming with this Sony headset for the PlayStation VR. Its 3D audio technology makes sounds sharper and clearer, while the advanced VR display creates an incredibly lifelike gaming experience. This plug-and-play Sony headset is fully adjustable for optimal comfort, even after wearing it for long periods.
With gamers in mind, PlayStation delivers new unexpected gaming experience through PlayStation VR. Play some of the most highly anticipated titles of 2016 like PlayStation VR Worlds, Golem, and RIGS Mechanized Combat League.
Just Plug and Play
Getting into PlayStation VR couldn't be easier. Just plug the PlayStation VR headset and your PlayStation Camera* into your PlayStation 4 system*. You're ready to go.
Advanced VR Display
The feeling of 'being there' starts with what you see. Seamless visuals keep you connected to the virtual world through an expansive 5.7" OLED 1080p display running at up to 120 frames per second.
3D Audio Technology
3D Audio means that you'll be able to pinpoint sounds above, below, and all around you. Instinctively turn your head to the source of a single footstep and be able to judge its distance, just as you would in real life.
Industry Leading Design
The PlayStation VR headset was engineered to be balanced, comfortable, and completely adjustable. It's designed to feel like it's not there - keeping you free from distraction as you explore new gaming worlds.
Move With Purpose
The LEDs around the PlayStation VR headset, on the DUALSHOCK 4 and the PlayStation Move controllers are tracked by the PlayStation Camera, providing an incredibly precise capture of your natural movement in virtual space.
Superior Design and a Great Game Catalog
Posted by: Sinjin from: on
While technically inferior on paper when it comes down to raw stats and specs, the PlayStation VR vaults effortlessly over and ahead of its PC cousins when it comes to consumer friendliness, comfort, and game selection, despite many of its launch titles having already established their virtual roots on the PC. PSVR makes a great first impression with its somewhat accessible price point of $399. Admittedly, we’re talking about a peripheral that costs more than the system that runs it, but we are also well below the price of either of the VR options for PC, and PSVR doesn’t require an expensive PC to run it.
The first thing I noticed about the PSVR was just how comfortable it was. I wear glasses (bifocals actually – even worse for VR) so I have been in a constant state of struggle with both the Rift and Vive for the past six months trying to maintain some level of comfort and functionality – usually moving my glasses low and keeping the headset high on my face, but the PSVR was intuitively easy and effortlessly flawless in not only fitting my face but presenting a crystal clear image with relatively no fuss. A button on the back of the headset allows you to stretch the headband open and a wheel on the back lets you crank it down as tight as you need. A button on the underside of the front of the headset allows you to freely telescope the eyepiece away from your face if you need to look around the room to find your controller or answer your phone.
The cord running off the headset is rather short; meant to connect to the longer multimedia cable via the breakaway connector, which reduces tripping hazards. An inline control box toggles power to the headset as well as controls the volume to any earbuds or headsets you choose to plug into the standard audio jack. While you can still enjoy up to 7.1 surround sound on your existing home theater, the only way to get authentically processed 3D sound relational to what you are seeing is through the headphone jack of the PSVR headset.
PlayStation VR doesn’t throw you into some magical VR world or crazy interface the moment your turn it on. It’s business as usual with a virtual giant screen version of what your TV is showing, allowing you familiar access to your PlayStation content using the standard menus. I immediately downloaded The Playroom VR app and proceeded to lose the next two hours of my life.
I was totally captivated by the content found in The Playroom VR; a free download that I encourage every PSVR owner to download and play immediately; especially if you have friends over, because these games offered some of the best party-style, game-night experiences I’ve had since Sports Champions on the PS3. These are the same style mini-games you might remember from the original Playroom that came with the PlayStation Camera – you remember those crazy little flying robots. Well, they are back and in a big way as you play inspired VR versions that will have you ghost busting, monster rampaging, shooting villains in the Wild West, rescuing robots in a Mario style 3D world, and even trying to collect some cheese while avoiding an evil feline. The fun factor is off the charts, and all but one game actually requires multiple players. Instructions will tell you how those others will interact. Sometimes they will take the controller while you interact with your head, and other times players will have to shout out instructions based on things they are seeing on the TV that you can’t see in your virtual view. I guarantee, this will be your go to game whenever family and friends want to check out your new VR setup.
PLAYSTATION VR VS “THE REST”
•ROOM SCALE: There is no denying how much better VR is when you can move around, even within a small area. The PlayStation camera is woefully ill-equipped to handle any movement beyond leaning side to side or thrusting your head forward. Spreading your arms out or even standing up is enough to trigger a pop-up warning that you are out of camera view.
•MOTION CONTROLLERS: Vive still has the best controllers on the market but that claim will be challenged when Oculus Touch arrives in December. PlayStation VR falls back on last-gen tech with its PlayStation Move wands that rely on problematic camera tracking. When the tracking works it’s great but when it fails and you are forced to constantly hold down the Options button to recalibrate or re-center your view the immersion is lost.
•CONTENT: PSVR has at least 20 titles available now with another 30 coming in the next ten weeks. While this may pale in comparison to the 500+ games of the Vive keep in mind most of those are nothing more than tech demos or proof of concept experiments. If you want to count actual games that people will keep coming back to play PSVR has this locked at launch and will only cement its success in coming months.
•SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Any PC VR solution is going to require a meaty PC costing upwards of $1000, and while Rift and Vive are technically superior on paper the proof is in the viewing. Resolution might be lower but Sony is cranking out an impressive 120Hz refresh rate that makes any PSVR game a joy to play and not one trace of motion sickness. While the verdict is still out on whether the PS4 Pro will enhance PSVR, rest assured that even on an original system or the newer slim your VR experience will be exceptional.
•AUDIO: I didn’t even realize the PSVR headset had a hidden microphone until we played a few of the Playroom VR games that digitally processed my voice into some chipmunk version of Godzilla. As far as 3D audio, you are free to hook up buds or headphones to the inline jack and enjoy immersive 3D audio. The included buds sound great but the uneven cable length was problematic as they kept getting tugged out of my ear.
•EASE OF USE/INSTALLATION: All three VR solutions were super-easy to install thanks to amazing step-by-step instructions that walked you through the process. The only difference for me was I have easier access to my PC than my home theater setup so digging around behind my PS4 and hooking everything up was a bit more of a chore. PSVR is simple to use for anyone who is remotely familiar with the PS4 interface. In fact, nothing has changed really. The processor box outputs a high quality 1080p/4K pass-through signal for non-VR games and a compressed lower-quality video for mirrored VR content. I did notice some compression blocking and artifacts on a few games, like watching a low-quality YouTube video, but they always resolved themselves. The headset is the linchpin of the whole setup. It is easily the most versatile and comfortable headset on the market, great for passing around to multiple players and easy to wipe down if things get too sweaty, unlike the absorbent spongy foam seals on the competition.
•PRICE: PlayStation VR is the most affordable VR system at launch, coming in at $399, with Oculus Rift coming in second at $599 followed by the Vive at $799. Also keep in mind you only need a $300 PlayStation to run the PSVR while the other two options require a $1000 PC. So for roughly $800 you can dive into the world of VR with the confidence of an existing library of games and the backing of a major player like Sony.
The PlayStation VR has several things going for it; superior design, a great and growing game catalog, ease of use, an established user base, and the backing of a company with a focus on gaming. The Vive and Rift were made by hardware people, and you are at the mercy of third-parties for the quality and quantity of the content. Sony is bringing you amazing first-party titles and collaborating with all the major players in VR game development to bring you the largest library of quality VR titles of all the available platforms.
VR may or may not be the future of gaming, but it’s a fantastic way to explore new worlds and new gaming possibilities and a definitive step forward in the evolution of entertainment.
79 out of 81 found this review helpful.
I'm going to go with a big ol GOOD
Posted by: worldsenemy3x7 from: on
The launch titles are WEAK . they are fun for about 1 or 2 hours... because that's about all they last. i honestly went to best buy looking for new vr games... and was disappointed with the launch titles... much like i was when the ps4 came out. of course this will all change with time... and only time will tell if the vr has lasting power. with that thought in mind ... remember this is a 600 dollar investment. you also need the camera and for SOME games you need to motion controller (i think) well, there are some games you can use a ps4 controller for sure .
again... just like i said about the ps4 pro... unless you're a hardcore gamer (like myself) this may be something you wait out on until the tech improves and more games are released
it's all up to you... but if there are any parents reading that don't know much about games... i am just trying to help you out.
one last thing... the experience is awesome. but it's a short, expensive experience... and that's up to you to decide if 600 dollars is worth it.
hopefully i helped somebody out there!
195 out of 223 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Skyboxer from: WV on
First I'm an older gamer (50) and have seen pretty much everything so I am never overly critical (Other than glitches and lack of QA from devs) of most things.
So far it's delivered really more than I expected. Then again not really sure exactly what all I expected.
Graphically, no you will not be playing in super stunning visuals. I never expected as much though.. however it's not bad at all.
After playing the last couple days I can say that not only was it a good purchase for being able to experience gaming in a new way, it was a great purchase. God willing I'll be around for long enough to see the next few advances in the tech lol
Setup was a breeze and I've had zero issues with calibration .. none. If the screen, during play does get off center a bit all you have to do is hold the options button down and it re-centers. Done.
The camera and move controllers I kept over the years all worked fine so that's what saved me some $
I'm Using the Gold headset which fits fine over the VR. I also wear glasses and the VR fits over them with no problems.
I'll go through what I've played so far:
Tumble is what it looks like. Many different levels etc... of stacking different types of blocks to either get a certain height or a certain amount on the table. The last one I did was one called " Limbo" which is where you had to stack the blocks but in a way where they all fit under the back and forth bar. I believe 10 blocks got you gold.. which I finally got.
Surprisingly there was one where you placed mirrors to get certain light etc.. (Screen shot above) ..so there seems to be a few different types of things to do. The precision of the Move controller was great and had no issues.
VR Worlds: Luge -- The first possible nausea inducing game. First off (and I'm assuming this is the complaint with Drive club) the distance down the track is blurry. Not enough to not know where track goes, but blurry none the less.
The sense of speed is there and yes on the very first track I could feel some sweat starting but no real nausea.
I stuck with it and my plan is to only play games like that 20 minutes or so at a time and see if I can get brain used to it.
I did make it through the first 4 tracks (Failed on 1 ) without vomiting. Actually never got to feeling that bad. So, so far so good but I will take it slow.
Steering with the head was fine and better than expected. Had no issues with missing obstacles etc.. and was laughing at myself for actually ducking my head to keep from getting decapitated.. Lol
VR Worlds: Ocean Dive was an awesome experience. I ended up standing during this and kept reaching out thinking I could grab the rails or touch the fish. Won't go into it a lot (Only did the one dive) but it was pretty sweet indeed.
I've also played some of the demos like Job Simulator which was fun. I'll get into the full version later as well as Keep Talking and Rush of Blood.
I know 399.99 or the 499.99 is a bit of money but: 1: if you don't go in thinking you'll be playing a high def greatest ever visuals and
2: Are wanting to enjoy a different way of getting a gaming experience.... for me it's a great buy.
Looking forward to getting wife on it the next couple days.
Hopefully the games keep coming and get better and better.
Bottom line-- I'm VERY happy with it!
26 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Great buy for price point, very comfortable
Posted by: Tydaspy from: on
I have played the PS VR at multiple game shows and have played multiple games (farpoint, Rez, Batman, Worlds, Star Trek BC, WWT), my conclusion?
It's a BUY.
Seriously, the immersion is fantastic, and while the graphics aren't as good as some of the other competitors it's very easy to overlook the differences.
Honestly of the 3 front running VR experiences this one is my favorite for three reasons
Comfort (it's really comfortable compared to the others)
Cons? The game quality and video quality is not what we are used to on our tvs, and in some ways game design for the VR takes a step backwards, but don't view it as bad, just view it as different. I have never seen so many different, full grown people have so much fun playing a video game(like serious ear to ear smiling and laughing). When I was playing Batman I even had a fear response as I walked up to a ledge on a building, which was a wild experience!
Will the technology be better in 2-3 years? Yes,
But PlayStation VR is ready to take your gaming experience to the next lvl, so PLEASE, give it a try :)
88 out of 114 found this review helpful.
Great and affordable VR experience.
Posted by: SModfan from: on
$400 may seem like a lot of money for a peripheral device, but considering the current prices of VR it's actually one the most affordable and simplest VR experience on the market. VR devices for the PC or mobile phones can run near $1,000, and in my opinion don't look or feel nearly as good as the PSVR. The VR experience is extremely immersive and rewarding.
It's important to note that the PSVR device goes beyond VR games, it can play / connect to any device that uses an HDMI cable. This means you could connect it to your computer, or even an an Xbox system! Games or videos that aren't optimized for VR will basically appear like you are in a movie theater. When watching / playing games non-VR games on the PS4 you have 3 viewing options:
Small: A smaller screen, that stays centered no matter what direction you look in.
Medium: A screen that appears like a movie theater, all 4 corners are visible, and when you turn your head the screen stays in place.
Large: Same as medium, except the display is so large you can't see all 4 corners.
43 out of 54 found this review helpful.
The future is here
Posted by: DannyR from: on
If you want to buy into VR, this is the cheapest, full featured way to do it. I got the VR yesterday and had a chance to test all the demos and PSVR Worlds. I did not get a chance to test the system prior to buying it.
I am very impressed. The system is very responsive, the headset is very comfortable (I wear glasses and no problems there either), and it is relatively easy to set up. The first thing that stroke me but did not surprise me was the reduce resolution and graphics of the games. Again, I was not surprised given that I bought into this expecting this. I am just wondering if the PSVR game graphics will benefit from the PS4 Pro power. For now, you just have to accept it. Also, some games did make me feel dizzy and nauseous. Hopefully, I will be able to get over this with time.
Other than that, there is no reason not to buy this if you have $400-$600 and want to get into VR.
41 out of 53 found this review helpful.
Tried the Demo, Love it
Posted by: HenryMHunter from: on
There are three things that differentiates VR from regular screen display.
1. Sense of scale which argument the sense of being there. Imagine when you watch the lord of the ring where Gandolf and the gang were in the great hall of the under ground dwarf city. The great hall was enormous. Yet the movie convey this sense of scale by making the fellowship of the ring super small.
In VR however, the hall would be as enormous as its real size because you yourself is the reference point.
2. Human eye adjustment to distance. Human eyes take a bit time to focus when you switch between far and near object. PSVR does a great job to make your eyes do that when you look far and close object. A normal screen won't do that, because all objects are actually rendered on the screen.
3. Intimacy of graphics. When a face hugger jumps on your face, it really does feel like that. Do you feel the same way when you are distanced by a screen?
44 out of 58 found this review helpful.
Posted by: juicemaster from: Asheville, nc on
I read review after review before deciding to purchase and the reviews don't lie. If you are interested in VR, this device is worth the price. There are several good games that came out with the launch and plenty more to come. Rush of Blood has been a fun and scary experience with a lot of great jump scares. VR World is a great way to introduce new people to VR. There are some issues with the motion controllers appearing on screen like they're shaking but I think over time with updates and possibly introducing new controllers (possibly) could make the experience better. Yes some people get the motion sickness feeling but have only experienced that with some games and this is prevalent with VR in general. If you are on the fence regarding PS VR, just go ahead and hop on over and buy the thing, you will not be disappointed.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Yay Virtual Reality!
Posted by: Puddy from: on
I was in the air about buying the PS VR. I read a lot about it and all of the other more expensive VR products. i went with the PS VR because I am not a hardcore gamer and did not want to spend an inordinate amount on VR. Plus I already had the PS Move controllers from my PS3. I am happy with the experience. It is fun and gets the job done. I experience the feeling of being high on the ledge of a building when playing Batman Arkham VR and that is just cool. I have decided that the complaints of dizziness that you may read about aren't saying that the VR makes you dizziness. I believe that these gamers are referring to the natural feeling you get when placed in the situations that VR puts you in. The only con is the video quality. The quality is not that of the PS4 games you are accustomed to playing. More like PS2 graphics. That is the only disappointment. It does not take away from the VR immersive experience. I have read that the VR graphics are better if you have the PS4 Pro.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: erik162000 from: Salt Lake City on
Don't let anyone fool you, VR is the future! Some people say that PS VR doesn't look as good as the PC options, but for the price, this is the easiest , most affordable, and most comfortable headset available.
Even though the unit comes with a bunch of cables, Sony made it super easy and labeled all cables with numbers and the device and the Processing unit are super easy to install. It took longer removing the cables from the box than it did installing the unit to the PS4.
The headset takes a little getting used to and to get the placement "just right", but once you figure out how to place it on your head, it becomes second nature.
I believe VR is the future of games and can't wait to see where we go from here.