Playstation VR Experience Review | Infinite Grenade Launcher Podcast | Level 227
The PlayStation VR went on sale earlier this fall clocking in as the third tethered VR headset to arrive this year. The experience is less immersive overall than previous options on the market place, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, yet the PSVR is very compelling. It’s cheaper for one thing, with prices starting at $400 (compared to the Vive which costs a whopping $799).
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About the System:
PlayStation VR, known by the codename Project Morpheus during development, is a virtual reality headset developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, which launched on October 13, 2016.
It was designed to be fully functional with the PlayStation 4 home video game console. In certain games and demos for the VR, the player wearing the headset acts separately from other players without the headset. The PlayStation VR system can output a picture to both the PlayStation VR headset and a television simultaneously, with the television either mirroring the picture displayed on the headset, or displaying a separate image for competitive or cooperative gameplay. PlayStation VR works with either the standard DualShock 4 controller or the PlayStation Move controllers.
The PlayStation VR has a 5.7 inch OLED panel, with a display resolution of 1080p. The headset also has a processor box which enables the Social Screen video output to the television, as well as process the 3D audio effect, and uses a 3.5mm headphone jack. The headset also has nine positional LEDs on its surface for the PlayStation Camera to track 360 degree head movement.
UPDATE: As of February 19, 2017, PlayStation VR had sold 915,000 units.
Mainly, the best benefit of this system is that there’s a ton of the content for it! PSVR launched with 30 compatible games, and Sony has promised to offer 50 by the end of the year, including major franchises like Batman and Resident Evil. Finally, the PSVR is very comfortable to wear, which is not for nothing when you’re playing for long periods of time. Our IGL hosts will continue to offer gameplay via Twitch for the Playstation VR, then give you the scoop on the experience via our podcasts. We love VR on IGL Podcast!
Kyle Duncan Graham
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