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Anyone here been thinking about pre-ordering the PlayStation VR? I've been looking at it today, it certainly seems like an interesting option.

Things I like:

  • The price - it's £349 which is a lot cheaper than the HTC Vive. However you also need to buy the PS Camera too, which is currently £43.90. Still a cheap option as VR solutions go.
  • It has built in speakers which give virtual surround sound, so you don't have to wear headphones (unless you want to). There's also an integrated microphone, but that's less of a concern for me.
  • You can use the existing controllers with it (including the Move controllers) so no need to buy new ones
  • It uses to PS camera to track movement, which doesn't need to be permanently attached to the wall.
  • There will be plenty of games for it, including a Star Wars Battlefront game :D

However one of the major things that I don't like is that most of the games I've seen seem to involve a lot of moving around, unlike the HTC's blink locomotion. I think it would make me feel really ill after a while :cry:



It's out in October 2016, so not too long to wait :thumb:
 
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Reviews are starting to pop up, and it's interesting to see what they have to say about the PlayStation VR.

Good Stuff:
  • Ridiculously comfortable
  • Accessible and (relatively) affordable
  • Some good, low-key launch titles
Bad Stuff:
  • Substandard motion controls
  • Piecemeal system can be confusing
  • Needs more risky, ambitious VR experiments

http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/5/1...-ps4-psvr-virtual-reality-headset-controllers

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-designed
  • Decently immersive VR
  • Solid lineup of launch games
  • Cheaper than rival VR headsets
Cons
  • Lower-res and narrower field of view than competitors
  • PS4 hardware isn't as fast as typical gaming PCs
  • Still expensive for an untested market

https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/05/sony-playstation-vr-review/

FOR
  • Affordable
  • Near PC-quality performance
  • Good selection of games
AGAINST
  • Doesn't come with required accessories
  • Poor job sealing out light
  • Spotty motion controller tracking
http://www.techradar.com/reviews/gaming/playstation-vr-1235379/review


My main concern about the PS VR is motion sickness, and reading through the reviews there are mixed thoughts on the matter.

That being said, I'm sorely tempted :) Might see if I can try one out first though!
 

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Another interesting article today about the PSVR - this time saying that it doesn't need a 'killer app':

PlayStation VR doesn’t have a killer app, but right now virtual reality is its killer app, and as we said in our full PSVR review, it has nailed the experience. People who are looking to purchase a PlayStation VR headset before Christmas will buy it to get their first taste of VR, and they probably don’t know what they want. None of us really do. The experimental nature of virtual reality, comparatively low ($400) price point, and varied game library will sell the PSVR as much as any one popular game would.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/virtual-reality/why-psvr-will-succeed/
 

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Sounds pretty darn cool. I think I will just read about it for now and wait till all the bugs have been ironed out, there are always bugs. Be nice if you could try before you buy in a shop. :cool:
 
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