PlayStation VR: A PC Gamer's Perspective

PlayStation VR: A PC Gamer's Perspective

The 3 main VR systems are Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and the PSVR. There is a lot of speculation on which is better and the bigger question, can you really run VR on a console. That is the question I will answer today.

Ergonomics and Price

The PSVR fits snug on the head with 2 buttons and a spinner to adjust the headset. The PSVR works
with any PS4 and connects with ease and can be started up in no time. While playing games like Job Simulator, Resident Evil VII, and Surgeon Simulator, I felt no discomfort and the visual quality is quite good. It is comfortable for about an hour (which you would probably be done by then) before it begins to annoy me. Keep in mind, your results may vary. The PSVR's price with the PS Move controller and camera (in late 2017) is 400$ USD. It is marginally cheaper than buying a fancy VR ready graphics card or even a new PC and then buying the Oculus or HTC Vive. The PSVR is cheaper, but remember, you get what you pay for.

Games

Image from Job Simulator
The Game lineup is nothing short of disappointing. Steam offers way more VR games. PSVR users get some popular title like RE7 VR and Job Sim, and that's about it. There are little to no indie titles, and your game options are limited. PlayStation is really lacking in this field, which is more or less and make or break situation for the system as a whole. Although the games they have are undoubtedly fun, the experience is shortened by the lack of games. So please, PlayStation, have more indie game titles and longer games especially. Lot's of the games are fun, but most are very short and quite a few of them are just plain boring.

Conclusion

PSVR, to me, seems like an entry level VR system. If you aren't interested in buying an expensive headset, then this device is for you. If you plan to use it a lot and have a serious intent to play many games for it, you really should buy a nicer headset. I hope, soon, PlayStation will add more titles. Fortunately, DOOM and Skyrim VR are coming soon for the PSVR, perhaps that's a start. But for now, I wouldn't recommend this to any serious gamers out there

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