October is almost here, which means of course that we are getting closer day by day, to the release of PlayStation VR. It will arrive on October 16, 2016 and when it does there are thousands of people who will have been waiting expectantly. To help you survive the remaining wait, we've got all the details that you didn't know you needed.
It works great with your PS4
Now PlayStation VR essentially works as an add on to your existing PlayStation 4 console. This means that so long as you already have a PS4, you don't need to worry about picking up a new console. However, if you don't already have a PS4, you will need to go out and purchase one in order to be able to use PlayStation VR.
Also, no, you don't need to wait for a PlayStation Neo.
It's affordable, even if you don't own a PS4
One of the first questions that folks ask after they get a look at PlayStation VR is how much it's going to cost. It's a fair question too, especially when you consider how much the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift cost to pick up. Thankfully the console version of VR is quite affordable comparatively. You'll be able to pickup PlayStation VR for $399 which is an awesome price point several hundred dollars under it's PC competition.
Now plenty of folks have gotten used to the bundles available for consoles. Well, have no fear, there is in fact a PlayStation VR bundle that will be available for purchase. It'll run you $499, and for only a hundred dollars more than the base unit, you get a fair bit. The bundle comes with two motion controllers, a PlayStation camera, and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds. If you don't already have the controllers, this is a great way to save a little bit of money while making sure you're really ready for the PlayStation VR experience.
There will be tons of games available at launch
When it comes to games for a new console or game system, everyone is always on the lookout for awesome new games they've not yet had the chance to go ahead and try out. Well PlayStation VR is no exception to the rule, and they've already got a pretty serious list for folks to comb through.
You'll find games from existing franchises, like Batman and Resident Evil, along with completely new games. Sony has told us that by the end of 2016 there will be 50 titles for you to choose between when playing with your PlayStation VR and they cover most genres. There are even some small add on VR experiences for upcoming games like Final Fantasy XV.
You're going to be moving a lot
Not all VR is the same, as anyone who has spent time with both Gear VR and HTC Vive can tell you. While there are certainly games that you can play while sitting down, you aren't really kept from moving. When you get up and move around the room while in VR, PlayStation VR tracks you so there is no need to just sit in your favorite spinning chair while playing.
Unique display tech makes the headset quite capable
PlayStation VR has plenty of games to play at launch, and it's several hundred dollars cheaper than it's PC competitors. The next question of course is how it holds up against those VR headsets, which means it's time to check out the specs. PlayStation VR is rocking a 5.7-inch OLED screen, 1920x1080 resolution and 110 degree FOV.
It's important to point out these specs definitely don't beat out the competition. However, it comes pretty close, and the big area where you are losing out is in the resolution. Considering that PlayStation VR is a much more affordable VR experience, they did a damn good job with their specs.
It's the most comfortable VR headset available today
With any VR headset, you want something that will be comfortable. It doesn't matter whether you're just jumping into VR for five minutes or if you're settling in to play for more than an hour. That's one of the places where Playstation VR really manages to shine. The headset is super comfortable, and easy to use whether you have glasses or not. One of the best features of the headset is that most of the weight sits on top of your head, so you won't have that uncomfortable pressure on your nose while playing.
There are so many accessories
There are in fact a few accessories that have already been announced for PlayStation VR. Some games will let you use a controller to play, like Eve: Valkyrie. However, you can also take advantage of PlayStation Move controllers to deal with some things in game. There is also a brand new accessory built for shooters in VR, the PlayStation Aim Controller. This will help with immersion when within games that require you to shoot, and looks pretty awesome. Sadly we don't yet know when it will be released, or how much it will run you when it is.
You can try it out all over the place
While it is true that preorders for PlayStation VR have sold out here in the US, don't be entirely dismayed. PlayStation has demos going all over the place, and there might be one quite close to you. You can look them up by zip code. So take a look and see if there is a demo in your area, so you can see what we're all so excited about.
Plenty of us here at VRHeads have had a chance to try out demos of the system and it was a blast. It works well, it's a lot of fun, and we're all quite excited about it. Even those of us who didn't previously own a PS4 have jumped on to this bandwagon.