With the EB Expo been and gone, I was inundated with an abundance of fantastic games. But there was one piece of equipment at the Expo that I was very keen to try, having never tried this type of media before. I was (in my opinion) understandably sceptical about how virtual reality (or VR) would work or whether the technology was really far along to properly immerse me in the experience. After all – these experiences live or die based on how well they manage to pull you into their world.
Through a combination of shameless loitering, puppy dog eyes and some intense and yet deeply compelling stares, I was fortunate enough to be able to try both the demos that Sony were showing during my attendance at EB Expo. While they were absolutely fantastic, there are a few questions that need to be answered before I am fully convinced. However, for the most part, the technology behind Playstation VR has singlehandedly made me more of a believer than I ever could be in the experiences.
I spied the infamous Kitchen demo on the Playstation 4 Home Screen during my session but were unfortunately not permitted to give it a go. Thankfully, we did get some time with both the of the London Studio demos; The Deep, which is a largely exploratory experience and The London Heist, a totally-not-but-probably The Getaway inspired action set-piece.The headset itself is surprisingly stylish to look at, at least when you are talking about a Virtual Reality headset. All of this equipment is bound to be geeky and awkward looking but in terms of appearance and looks Sony’s offering is easily the best in terms of aesthetics. It looks futuristic but at the same time seems aesthetically appealing enough to be sold as a protoype. I can only imagine how hideous the original prototypes might have looked.