What is PlayStation VR?
Basically, it's a way to supercharge the gaming experience on your PlayStation 4 by using a headset that makes you feel like you are in the game. Just sit in front of your TV like usual, put on Sony's futuristic-looking headset, and enjoy being able to look in every direction and see the whole game universe around you.
It really is a new kind of gameplay. You can be racing and look up to see out of your rear view mirror, peer around corners in first-person shooters, and when using the PlayStation Move controllers you can actually reach out and grab weapons and accessories with your hands. PlayStation VR is all about putting you deeper into the games you love, and so far it works really well.
This will work with my existing PlayStation 4?
Absolutely. Sony has made it clear that this is an accessory for the PlayStation 4, and will work with the existing PlayStation Move and PlayStation Camera accessories to create the virtual environment. This includes the original PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim, and the more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro. They all work with PlayStation VR out of the box, all you need is the camera and controllers.
If you already have the PS4, PS Camera, and PS Move controllers, you'll only need the headset to get the complete experience. If you don't have any of the accessories and only the PlayStation 4, You can grab a PlayStation VR Launch Bundle and get everything you need.
Should I upgrade to the PlayStation 4 Pro?
With an increasing focus on 4K and HDR television, Sony needed to release a console that would take advantage of those features. PlayStation 4 Pro features slightly more capable internal hardware to address these needs, and some of those enhanced graphics will make their way to PlayStation VR. Not every PSVR game will look or feel better when played on a PlayStation 4 Pro, but some will and that number will increase over time.
Sony has made it clear all PlayStation 4 consoles will always be compatible with all PlayStaion VR games, but if you want the best possible PlayStation this will be the one to get.
Do I use my normal DualShock 4 controller?
Yes. Every PlayStation VR game allows you to use the standard PlayStation 4 controller, and in fact many games use it as the default way to play the game. You may occasionally be asked to stand or move around or even wave your controller around, but in most cases you can play like you would a normal PlayStation game.
You will encounter PlayStation VR games that are more fun to play with the Move controllers, but in almost every game you'll be fine to use what is most comfortable for you. The PlayStaion Move controllers are great to have around, but not a requirement.
How much room do I need to use PSVR?
PlayStation VR includes experiences that allow you to stand up, move around, and wave your arms about. As a general rule, you want to make sure you have enough room to take a single step in every direction with your arms outstretched. As long as you can move around that much without hitting a wall or your television, you will be fine for most games. If there are experiences that come out later with more detailed requirements, they will be clearly labeled before you buy the game.
What games are available for PSVR?
We know of 55 games currently planned for PlayStation VR by the beginning of 2017. Many of the titles are ports from existing VR platforms, like Adr1ft or Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Other games are from Sony's list of usual exclusives, like Dynasty Warriors 7 VR and Final Fantasy XV. We also know Batman: Arkham VR is one of the better launch games you can have if you're a fan of the franchise.
There's a healthy mix of indie games in the list as well, which is great news for Sony fans and keeps in line with the mix of content Sony has been working hard to deliver on the PlayStation 4 already.
Is this actually better than using my television?
Using the head-mounted display is going to offer much greater immersion than you could ever get on your television. You can look left and right in the seat of a race car and feel like you're actually driving, or enjoy being able to step to the left as an enemy lunges with a sword and behead them with a swing from your actual arms.
It's a futuristic experience, made all the more impressive by the special 1080p display Sony is using in the headset.
Will this be comfortable?
For some people, PlayStation VR may be the only headset that feels comfortable. Where Sony's competitors focused on strapping the headset directly to the face, Sony's design takes the pressure away from the eyes and instead rests the display just in front of your face with a clever head mount no one else is using. There's still some potential for eye strain, and if the PlayStation VR ever drops below 90FPS in a game there's a very real chance the wearer could experience nausea, but so far this hasn't been an issue for anyone we've played games with.
This sounds incredible! Where can I get a PlayStation VR?
Just about every electronics store currently carries both the standalone PlayStation VR and the PlayStation VR Launch bundle. There's a $100 difference between these bundles, so if you only want the headset you'll be looking at $399.