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PlayStation VR

PS VR is the latest addition to the VR frenzy -- and in typical Sony fashion, they make up for their delay with quality. The PS VR offers the highest visual qualities and the lowest price between its main two competitors. The biggest downside however, is the fact that the VR device only works on PS4 and its lack of a unique controller.

Price and Release date

While the originally stated price of the PlayStation VR was $399, it was later discovered that the device would not function without a PS Camera and two PS Move controllers which closes the price gap somewhat on the other competitors. The pre-order bundle that includes the headset and everything you'll need to use it, is going for $500, and as such this bundle will be the one we'll refer to from henceforth. (Note that if you already have a PS Camera and two Move controllers, you'd just need the VR bundle to start enjoying it)

The release date is quite unclear as of yet, but all signs point to an October release this year. However, it is unclear the amount of time shipping the devices may take.

Hardware and included items
  • VR headset
  • Processor unit
  • VR headset connection cable
  • HDMI cable, USB cable
  • Stereo headphones
  • AC power cord and adaptor
  • PlayStation VR Demo Disc
  • PlayStation Camera
  • 2 PlayStation Move motion controllers
  • PlayStation VR Worlds Game Disc
Speccs and pre-requisites

The most obvious requirement would be a PlayStation 4 console and quite possibly a screen (I cannot confirm whether the PS VR will work without one at this time)

The PS VR offers a full HD 1920x1080 display, with a 5.7 inch OLED custom built screen, and a whopping 120 Hz refresh rate, which is the highest in the market. It also features motion tracking, and allows for both front and rear viewing, if that’s ever needed. The refresh rate should more than makeup for the lower resolution (in comparison to Rift and Vive), but that also depends largely on the FPS and the game you're playing.

Game and software library

As for the gaming library, PlayStation announced 50 titles that will come to PS VR during the year. Eve: Valkyrie, Star Wars: Battlefront VR. and The Deep are some of the more interesting ones. All in all however, considering the device will only come out on October at best, it will certainly be lagging behind the competition in content.

It does however, have backward support for all non-VR games, and most likely other content through its VR Cinematic mode.

Bonuses
  • Works on a PlayStation
  • Cheapest in the market
  • Likely to have many PS VR exclusive content
Ad-bait

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Short and Sweet summary

Because of its late release date, PS VR is in kind of a unique position; it'll have its obvious charms for console gamers who don't want to make a move to the PC but also want a real gaming VR device. This is doubly true for those who already have a PS4 and a large library of games. However, a lack of a unique controller, the lag in content, and the lack of some of the features that its other competitors have handily, make PS VR more of a conundrum. The real choice however, is only for the VR fans who have both a PS4 and a gaming PC, and if you are one of them, then my advice is just to wait and see what else PS VR might have on offer.

Published Apr. 27th 2016
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