Plastation Virtual Reality was first mentioned in early 2014, however these murmurings were long forgotten about with the launch of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, it was originally known as Project Morpheus and people have been hyping a lot about it. Many people believe that its lower price point means that it wont be able to compete with the Oculus or the Vive, however having tested the hardware personally I can attest that it is more than capable of doing so. In actual fact, I would go as far to say that it is actually the VR headset to look out for this year. Particularly if you are into PS4 Jailbreak software and the like. There are already millions of playstation 4’s available for the public to purchase and soon there’s going to be just as many virtual reality headsets too. We got to test the Playstation VR headset out that Sony’s 2016 game developer conference in Wisconsin and now know that it will only set consumers back by approximately three hundred and fifty pounds – yes, you read it correctly, £350.
This is considerably cheaper than the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive and so this alone is likely to tempt many consumers away from those models. In terms of actual performance, we will say that the screen, or goggle quality that the Playstation 4 VR has is not quite as good as the Vive, nor the Oculus. However, for £200 less, it’s definitely not significant enough to put you off. I would personally say that it doesn’t really matter which one you go for in this regard, as they’re all fairly similar. Although it would definitely be useful to have them all side by side so we could test them on an individual basis. We only managed to test them one at a time and so it was difficult to see the intricate differences between them.
The goggles themselves use a 5.7 full HD OLED and it has an effective resolution of 960 x 1080 for each eye, the goggles have a 100 degree FOV and so that is absolutely plenty for any game, you won’t find yourself complaining that you can’t see the screen, that’s for sure. The headphones themselves don’t actually come with any sort of headphones for sound, so it’s probably worthwhile ensuring that you have a decent pair at home to fall back on. These are truly required if you are searching for an immersive gaming experience as I’m sure you all are. Although, this probably makes the Playstation VR much more social than being locked into a game with no peripheral vision, nor sound to speak to people. I’m not sure what the future will hold in this regard but it will be certainly very interesting. Unfortunately the Playstation VR does not offer the see through technology that the Vive has, but you won’t complain about that, because the Playstation VR has no movement sensitivity so you don’t actually need to stand up and walk around, simply look around as you would in real life.