Sunday, November 6, 2016

Playstation VR - Review, Specification and Price on Amazon

The PlayStation delivers a new world of unexpected gaming experiences through the new PlayStation VR, built with gamers in mind. The 2016 has really been living up to expectation with the lunch of some high tech virtual reality device and now a new contender (PlayStation VR) appears, with an established brand and a gigantic install base.

The PlayStation VR, was made available on the 13th of October 2016, and the headset represents the cheapest of VR currently available in the market and seems like the only option to console gamers for now, representing the most accessible path to VR.

You'll need an extra outlet to power the PSVR's processor unit and one of the PS4's two USB slots also needs to be devoted so that it can talk to the console. The PlayStation VR unit is about the size of three CD jewel cases stacked on top of each other this of course needs a place to live as well.

The whole setup process can take about 10 minutes to connect for the first time. The instructions process is quite simple and easy to setup, but when everything is done and dusted, you are left with lots of cords and cables and you have to be hardwired into your PS4 in order to use the VR headset.

To re-center the picture to where you are standing physically all you need is to just hold the option button. Whenever you done playing, you just disconnect the main VR cable from the headset, put the headset away and tuck the long main cable away. When you are ready to play again I just plug the headset back in and go, its that easy!

In the Box
  • 1 x VR headset
  • 1 x Processor unit 
  • 1 x VR headset connection cable
  • 1 x HDMI cable
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x Stereo headphones (with a complete set of earpiece)
  • 1 x AC power cord
  • 1 x AC adaptor
The design of the PlayStation VR looks good, feels good, and is very comfortable, the sleek white edging, the black fascia and the cool lights to allow for motion tracking. Designed to allows you to wear it with glasses. The PlayStation VR is a lot lighter than you think and it secures your head with a halo type band that stretches and goes around the top of your head which can be tightened by a little wheel on the back.

The biggest piece that covers the eyes can then slide back and forth (helps when you may need to see outside the VR world to find controllers very quickly or see what's physically around), you can just push a button, slide the view piece back a little and see what you want, then slide it back when you are don and continue the game. The design is awesome.

PlayStation VR - Pros
  • Very easy and comfortable to put on and works well with glasses
  • Tracks position easily when moving around a reasonably large area.
  • Easy to re-center with just the touch of the 'options' button to fit your position to play.
  • Amazing VR demos, games, videos already comes with it.
  • Lets you play regular games and watch movies on a big virtual theater screen 
  • Can play games privately when the TV is in use by someone else.
  • Using AMOLED screens means nice inky black levels with that fantastic contrast ratio
  • No driver troubleshooting needed, its really a "plug and play"
  • 3D Audio Technology

PlayStation VR - Cons
  • Visuals not as sharp as competitors
  • Plenty of visible aliasing/jaggies in some games/applications.
  • If your camera isn't positioned well, it loses track of you
  • Wires suck and really limit how far you can move around.
  • Does not support HDR
  • Processor unit needs to be unplugged to power down
PlayStation VR - Quick Tips

You can get started by downloading the free games and apps available in the store. There are tons of free games and apps there, so they'll be ready to play once your PSVR headset arrives.

DO NOT place the PlayStation VR unit where it will come into contact with sunlight. The lens on the headset will collect the sunlight and focus it onto a single point on the screen inside and if it continuously get exposed to sunlight, it will leave a small spots on the screen that will ruin your experience with the system.

Its is not advisable to start your VR experience with games that involves a lot of motion like DriveClub, Eve, Valkyrie and others. This will make your motion sick. To get the best experience, you start with a less intense game and demo and work your way up so you won't have any problems.

Take off the headset right away anytime you get motion sickness. Do not try to power through like some people will, because the moment you start feeling sick, the longer you stay in the headset, the longer the sickness will last. Just take it off and have a beak and come back after some time. Maybe try an easier and more comfortable game first.

If the vision blurry during the playing, try this: go to Settings - Devices - PSVR - Measure eye to eye distance. Make sure you're 70cm from the camera when doing the setup. Doing this will help the vision.

PlayStation VR - Specification
  • Release Date: October 13, 2016
  • Display Method: OLED
  • Panel Size: 5.7 inches
  • Panel Resolution: 1920 x RGB x 1080
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz, 90Hz
  • Field of View: Approximately 100 degrees
  • Sensors: three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer
  • Connection Interface: VR headset: HDMI, AUX, Stereo Headphone Jack.
  • VR headset: Approx. 610g (without cable)
  • Processor unit: Approx. 365g
PlayStation VR - Price

It is priced at  $399, £349 or AU$550 View PlayStation VR on Amazon
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