PlayStation VRby Sony

  • PlayStation VR
  • PlayStation VR
  • PlayStation VR
  • PlayStation VR
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
83%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • It's an affordable tethered VR system.
  • Quality of the VR experience is surprisingly good.
  • Game selection is respectable.

CONS

  • Some weird tracking issues sometimes plague gameplay.
  • On the PSVR, you need to unplug the headset to power the system down.
  • The field of view isn't as wide as on other VR systems.
Originally known as Project Morpheus, Sony's PlayStation VR is the most affordable and user friendly of the various tethered virtual reality systems. Many reviewers had muted expectations for a system at this price point, but the headset has proven to be comfortable to wear, offers respectable graphics performance, and tracks your head quite well (with some occasional glitches). The PSVR connects to a PS4 and does HTC Vive-like room tracking at a fraction of the Vive's cost, with a respectable library of games already available.
NamePlayStation VRRiftViveGear VRHoloLens Development Edition
ManufacturerSonyOculusHTCSamsungMicrosoft
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List Price$400$599$799$100$3000
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Despite the futuristic looks, though, it’s extremely comfortable. Unlike other headsets on the market, Sony has decided to forgo the standar…

Despite the futuristic looks, though, it’s extremely comfortable. Unlike other headsets on the market, Sony has decided to forgo the standard head-strap and goggles approach, and instead use an adjustable headband with the screen floating in front of your eyes like a visor.

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100%

Against the Vive it may not offer the level of detail and immersion, but is pretty darn close and doesn’t require the installation of additi…

Against the Vive it may not offer the level of detail and immersion, but is pretty darn close and doesn’t require the installation of additional sensors in your home and will not demand as much space for many games, either.

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90%

But, as it turns out, the PS4 is more than capable of displaying two surprisingly crisp images, that may not offer the most amazing, mind-bl…

But, as it turns out, the PS4 is more than capable of displaying two surprisingly crisp images, that may not offer the most amazing, mind-blowing fidelity, but are more than adequate for the vast majority of games.

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84%

The PSVR launched with 30 compatible games, and Sony promises that number will grow to 50 by year's end. And that includes some major franch…

The PSVR launched with 30 compatible games, and Sony promises that number will grow to 50 by year's end. And that includes some major franchises too, including Batman and Resident Evil.

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80%

The effect on poor tracking when playing originally plagued us - until we took our camera from its natural position of sitting under a mount…

The effect on poor tracking when playing originally plagued us - until we took our camera from its natural position of sitting under a mounted flatscreen TV and moved it into the corner of the room. Up to that point, any of the games we played had a strange shifting motion, even when we were stood still.

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80%

On the other hand, many games work within the console’s limitations and showed little to no sign of pixelation. These games tend to be small…

On the other hand, many games work within the console’s limitations and showed little to no sign of pixelation. These games tend to be smaller in size and scope.

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70%

Setting up either of the two existing PC-connected VR rigs isn't pretty. The same goes with the PSVR. It's not an overly complicated process…

Setting up either of the two existing PC-connected VR rigs isn't pretty. The same goes with the PSVR. It's not an overly complicated process, but the interconnected wired web that results isn't necessarily something you can tuck away out of sight.

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60%

At times there’s a little bit of wobble to the image. It’s not always there and when there’s action on-screen you won’t notice it anyway, bu…

At times there’s a little bit of wobble to the image. It’s not always there and when there’s action on-screen you won’t notice it anyway, but if it happens while everything’s still it can be jarring, particularly when playing a standing game such as Arkham VR. It feels a bit like being drunk, but without the fun drinking bit. You won’t notice it often, but it’s something to be aware of.

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The success of even one of those HMDs will serve as proof that all of them can make it. Keeping in that spirit, one of Oculus VR’s top figur…

The success of even one of those HMDs will serve as proof that all of them can make it. Keeping in that spirit, one of Oculus VR’s top figureheads recently congratulated SCE regarding its PlayStation VR lineup.

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The only downside to Sony's Project Morpheus is that it's still at least six months away from completion. Still, from what I've seen so far,…

The only downside to Sony's Project Morpheus is that it's still at least six months away from completion. Still, from what I've seen so far, Sony has made a convincing case for going its own way in virtual reality, if only because it already has all the controllers and camera sensor technology readily available to help round out the overall package.

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Whereas the Oculus Rift and ViveVR headsets require a gaming PC for the best performance, PlayStation VR will play directly off the PS4 you …

Whereas the Oculus Rift and ViveVR headsets require a gaming PC for the best performance, PlayStation VR will play directly off the PS4 you may already own.

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PlayStation VR is poised to take the console market by storm as the first virtual-reality system to be released from any of the three major …

PlayStation VR is poised to take the console market by storm as the first virtual-reality system to be released from any of the three major home-console manufacturers. Rather than the typical competition of Microsoft and Nintendo, however, Sony Computer Entertainment must focus on challengers from the PC side of the industry.

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New patents have surfaced, but were filled in May, showing Sony has plans for a VR headset that works with your phone. There are patents for…

New patents have surfaced, but were filled in May, showing Sony has plans for a VR headset that works with your phone. There are patents for two different devices – one that is like a full headset that you slip your phone into, and another which looks more like a pair of glasses than a traditional VR headset.

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Last night I had the chance to try out the new PS VR for a couple of hours, and holy wow, I can’t wait for this thing to arrive in October. …

Last night I had the chance to try out the new PS VR for a couple of hours, and holy wow, I can’t wait for this thing to arrive in October. The potential for greatness is apparent.

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There's also a lack of delicacy with the ergonomics of the PS Move controllers. Both Oculus Touch and the Vive controllers do a good job of …

There's also a lack of delicacy with the ergonomics of the PS Move controllers. Both Oculus Touch and the Vive controllers do a good job of feeling like you really have hands inside virtual worlds. PS Move is too thick and remote-like to fill that role – it can only feel like a hand with a large pole in it.

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The headset itself felt refined in a way that only a company like Sony can deliver. Everything felt comfortable, futuristic, neatly designed…

The headset itself felt refined in a way that only a company like Sony can deliver. Everything felt comfortable, futuristic, neatly designed, from the way the headset slipped onto your head and tightened with a dial built into the back of the headband, to the ability to pull the 5.7-inch OLED display away from or against your face while playing.

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Earlier this week a list of over 50 confirmed PSVR demos, dedicated games and games which will support the device was posted online – showin…

Earlier this week a list of over 50 confirmed PSVR demos, dedicated games and games which will support the device was posted online – showing the wealth of what PSVR will have to offer. Among the biggest games coming to PSVR are Battlezone, RIGS and Gran Turismo Sport, which will support VR.

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One of the fun things Sony’s experimenting with is positional audio — when you move objects around that generate sound, like an in-game cell…

One of the fun things Sony’s experimenting with is positional audio — when you move objects around that generate sound, like an in-game cell phone, the sound moves around in your headphones.

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