Ever since Sony announced PlayStation VR in early 2015, I’ve been excited to finally get my hands-on the final retail unit and see how it performs in my own living room. There are some definite shortcomings, but there is one thing that I’m certain of: this is the future of gaming. PlayStation VR provides the most immersive gaming experience that’s ever been possible with home consumer technology.
Let’s start with the setup, which for people who primarily play games on a home console, could be a little daunting at first. The PlayStation VR experience centres around a new PlayStation VR processing box which essentially looks like a mini PlayStation 4. This box is the device that outputs the imagery from your PlayStation 4 to your TV and the PlayStation VR Headset. Sony has been kind enough to include the necessary extra HDMI cable needed to run from your PS4 to the processing box as well as a pair of earbuds which will provide immersive 3D audio. They’ve also included a cleaning cloth which you’ll need to hold onto as the unit will need to be wiped down after each use. Not included in the box and something that you will need in order to use PlayStation VR is a PlayStation Camera which has recently been redesigned. It’ll set you back $89 so it’s important to take that into account in your purchasing decision.
The headset is really easy to put on which is incredibly important as people are initially usually a little fearful of breaking the device. You have a button on the back which allows you to easily extend the device to put over your head, a button on the front underside of the device to pull the actual viewfinder towards or away from you to ensure that you’re able to perfectly focus on the screen, and a tightening screw at the back which secures the headset to lock into place. Simply push the button at the back to release the headset and pull off over your head. I wear glasses and am incredibly surprised with how easy it is to put the headset on and take it off, but also how comfortable it is to wear for extended periods. The unit has removable rubberised blockout flaps on the inside to ensure that minimal light gets in and it does a pretty good job.