Playstation 4 PSVR

You're probably already thinking: "Ugh, virtual reality? How many times has this tech been tried, and how many times has it failed? I have zero interest in anything VR-related, thanks and bye." But before you go, let me assure you, dear reader: The reason VR has failed time and time again is a lack of content. The PSVR does not suffer from this issue.

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Playstation PSVR is one of the best VR headsets accompanied by a console. The PlayStation VR was introduced back in 2016 and has been one of the best headsets on the market ever since. One of the best things about this VR headset is that it does not require an expensive computer. All you need is a PlayStation 4 and the (headsets sold separately), and you're ready to go. One interesting thing about the PlayStation VR is that it uses only one camera to track about nine points of light. This makes tracking movement while walking around a little bit off. The PlayStation VR has a 5.7-inch OLED panel, with a display resolution of 1080p. What are the pros of the system is that the response rate hovers around 18 milliseconds? This is faster than most games systems on the market. Some of the features of this unit are the 3D audio technology, which gives you sound from a 3D environment — the advanced display allowing you to play 1080p games. And the PlayStation move controllers which help bring an immersive tactile experience to your gaming. Some of the pros of this headset are the ease-of-use, it's plug-and-play design makes it very easy to start and get into your gaming. The comfortability of the system, the inner lining in the overall balance of the headset is adequate and comfortable on your head. The great display, make the system an excellent choice for VR Gaming and immersive movies. One con of the system is that it could use another USB port to help accommodate all of its peripheral systems. Price around $220 the PlayStation VR is an excellent system for anyone who likes console gaming and already has a PlayStation 4.

First, PlayStation VR is relatively accessible. Of course, it's way more accessible if you already own a PlayStation 4, which itself costs about $250 right now, but if you already have that game console, buying into PlayStation VR costs as little as $200, and it often goes on sale. That's pretty cheap as far as entry-level VR systems go.

To the second point — VR needing to justify wearing a dumb-looking headset that blinds you to the rest of the world — PSVR offers more than just the games themselves. You can play anything on your PlayStation 4 in the VR headset, including other games, and apps like Netflix and Hulu! Though the picture isn't super-sharp, it still makes it feel like you're watching your content on a big movie screen.

 

What's cool is you can also re-align the "center" of the screen in your VR headset at any time, which makes it so you can play games while laying down, or facing toward the ceiling, if you'd like. This is something you can't do with the PlayStation 4 by itself, so the PSVR adds a unique value if that's something you're into.

The games I've tried for PlayStation VR include "Skyrim," "Tetris Effect," and "Astro Bot: Rescue Mission," but I've spent the vast majority of my time in the latter two games. While I appreciate being able to experience "Skyrim" in virtual reality, the graphics and the odd speed of movement made me feel dizzy. The other two games, "Tetris Effect" and "Astro Bot: Rescue Mission," are much better designed for VR.

"Tetris Effect" is like normal "Tetris," where puzzle pieces fall slowly onto a playing field and creating solid horizontal lines makes them disappear, which makes more room for more puzzle pieces to fall. But "Tetris Effect" takes advantage of VR: the environments shift and become more lively as you progress. In one level, you start playing in a quiet ocean environment; by the end, you're playing as dolphins and fish jump to the beats of the music playing in the background. It's a thrilling experience I wish everyone could try.

VR has been around for about 50 years, the reason it's failed before is because it couldn't satisfy the above requirements for it to be worth it to a reasonable person: It wasn't cheap, it didn't justify wearing a dorky headset, and the games weren't better than what you could play elsewhere. PlayStation VR changes all of that, and it's an easy recommendation to make for any PS4 owner. If you want a taste of the future of gaming, or a novel experience to entertain friends and family, this is it.

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