Virtual reality is not only a gamer’s wet dream come true but a platform that has lately gained ground in front of more traditional approaches. And because we are so very much in love with everything related to VR gaming, we’ve prepared a special treat – an article about PlayStation’s virtual reality headset. More specifically, we will try out best to answer the life-long question – is the PSVR the best headset for VR gaming. Stay tuned to find out more about the pros and cons of playing games on PlayStation’s proprietary VR headset.
What’s Up With the PSVR?
As you well know, on the 13th of October 2016, Sony announced its intention of entering the virtual reality market. Thus, came the PSVR into being – a headset born to offer the ultimate PlayStation experience.
Of course, customers who got tired at hitting the price refresh button each time Oculus or Vive posted an update, flocked to Sony. The reasons are more than obvious – even if you don’t own a console, it’s much more affordable to buy a VR bundle (console and headset) than to buy a PC-compatible kit.
Still, does this make PSVR the best thing that could happen to VR gaming? Well, according to this comparison with a Oculus Rift, PSVR might have a limited library and usability, but, as we’ve said, it’s cheaper and very easy to use and set up.
PlayStation VR’s gaming library has always been an issue. Not that we complain about the quality of the titles, just the lack of diversity. Up to this date, there are only a handful of games that support full VR: Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Farpoint, Skyrim VR, Doom VFR, Star Trek Bridge Crew, Gran Turismo Sport, and a couple of newcomers like Dino Frontier, Superhot VR, Paranormal Activity the Lost Soul, and Archangel.
As you can see, even with the titles we’ve failed to mention, it’s not exactly what you might call the ultimate virtual reality gaming platform. Still, there is room for improvement.
Frankly, the real difference we’ve seen so far between PSVR and its PC counterparts is the play on classics. While Oculus and Vive strive to create unique games, PlayStation’s decision is to rely on reboots and triple-As.
What can we say? This brings nothing but joy to the gaming community who likes nothing best than to see what it’s like to return to a familiar Universe. Take Skyrim for instance. With so many modes and textures out there, you would think that the whole world has grown tired of hearing about it.
Well, as fate would have it, Sony’s take on this RPG has really managed to pump a little life into the game. And wouldn’t you know it, another of Bethesda’s games has received its very VR reboot. We are, of course, talking about Fallout 4. Sadly, the developer has yet to decide if the game should receive a PSVR version or not. But that’s a story for another time.
Is PSVR Really the VR Gaming Platform?
This answer will come to you as a shock: yes and no at the same time. All shall be revealed in a moment. We are inclined to say that that PSVR is one of the best gaming platforms because of specs reasons. Don’t underestimate PS’s VR headset.
Even though it’s not as potent as Oculus Rift, it still has a 5.7-inch OLED RGB display capable of rendering the image at a resolution of 1090 x 960 for both eyes. There’s also the matter of design. PSVR looks really neat and polished. Oculus’ design is more on the open-source side.
And a big no, because PSVR has yet to gain the popularity it deserves. In the end, it’s a question of numbers. PSVR’s gaming library contains 30 titles at best, while Oculus, Vive, and Steam have over a thousand games combined.
Still, if you want to try this new virtual reality thing, our advice is to stick with PS. Why? Because PC-dedicate VR is very expensive. The headset alone can cost you up to $800, not to mention the fact that you will need to have a VR-ready PC.
We came looking for answers, but instead, we're left with more questions. Well, we can say that with virtual reality, the answer’s never easy. PSVR has immense potential, but so do its PC counterparts. As you can see, the glorious battle between consoles and PC still wages on, no matter the battlefield and the moment.