Update: 06-13-2016 Sony announced that the Playstation VR would be available from 10-13-2016. The recommended price of the device will be €399.
The Playstation VR is the Virtual Reality HMD from Sony. The headset was first announced at Game Developers Conference 2014 as Project Morpheus.
September 2015 the final name of the device was released.
The headset will be available, starting October of 2016.
The biggest difference between this device and the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive is that this headset can be directly connected to your Playstation 4. You will not need to buy expensive hardware to make the connection between Playstation and Playstation VR possible, something you do need to do for the the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
The Playstation VR
Of the ‘Big three’ at this time, the Playstation VR is in our humble opinion, the most elegant and stylish option. The device breathes comfort and is much less intimidating than the Oculus or Vive.
The design is without a doubt beautiful, the led lighting just gives it that extra touch.
Although the weight has not been listed anywhere, it has been said this headset is the lightest of the three.
The Playstation 4 comes with at least one Dualshock 4 controller, out of the box. Move controllers can also be used but these
will have to be purchased separately.
The Dualshock controller will provide haptic feedback whereas the Move controller will give the sort of controls we also see with the Oculus or Vive.
The Playstation VR is fitted with a 5.7 inch OLED screen at a resolution of 1920×1080. These adds up to 960×1080 pixels per eye, which means it has a slightly lower resolution than the Oculus or Vive. (Those other devices both have a resolution of 2160×1200 pixels.)
The field of view is (FOV)100 degrees, this is ten degrees under that of the other two HMD’s. The Playstation VR’s refreshrate is 90HZ.
All considered the graphics specifications are just below those of the other devices.
The Playstation VR of course also supports headtracking and positional tracking.
The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive may use brand new systems to do this, the Playstation VR falls back to an old and trusted way. The Playstation Camera does all of this for you.
At this moment it does not look like the camera will be packaged with the Playstation VR.
Tracking of the headset and Move controller is done through LED’s which are incorporated in the devices. The camera sees those lights and based on that information pinpoints your exact location. The HMD also has an Accelerometer and Gyroscope onboard for further fine-tuning of tracking.
Without the camera the headset can still be used, however the content will be limited.
Without it the Playstation VR can basically only be used to watch movies.
We won’t get into listing tons of titles, there are many resources that are kept up-to-date constantly that also hold this information. We can however name some titles that have been exclusively made for the Playstation VR and are already very popular.
Some of the titles that Sony has already confirmed are: London Heist, Eve: Valkyrie, Final Fantasy XIV, Gran Turismo Sport and Golem.
For a complete and up to date list we would wish to point you to the Sony PSVR wiki page.
Of the ‘big three’ the Playstation VR is definitely the cheapest, with a recommended sell price of €399 (excluding the Playstation Camera)
That price is €300 under that of the Rift and even €500 under the price of the Vive. It is true that the performance of the PSVR is somewhat lower than that of the other two but for the price you are paying for it you get a very good and high-end Virtual Reality headset that can be hooked up to your PS4 easily.