Is PlayStation VR Worth It?

Sony jumped into the world of Virtual Reality, or VR, with high standards to meet.

HTC/Valve and Oculus have already made amazing products in the Vive and Rift available: they offer low-latency, high-res displays and incredibly accurate tracking, and can safely be considered to have set the benchmark for consumer grade VR technology.

It is simply not reasonable to expect the Playstation VR, or PSVR, to hit that high a mark, especially when 1 takes into account the price point of the headset. But Sony had to ensure it delivered a remarkable experience anyway –why would anyone be spending US$500 on a game accessory that was only mediocre?

Thankfully, Sony has delivered in the form of the PSVR. The company has assembled a very inspiring piece of hardware that ends up complementing its game console superbly.

If you are already the owner of a Playstation and the world of VR interests you, the PSVR is a wonderful way to start exploring this new technology in your own home.

A Well-Designed Headset Delivers the VR Experience

Sony’s platform provides a secure, easily adjustable, comfortable-to-wear head-mounting mechanism. Their headset is also by far the best-designed one in terms of people who need to wear glasses, thanks to the mechanical relief system and the manner in which the visor hovers in front of your face.

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The panels which Sony has developed for the PSVR are astonishingly clear and crisp. Thanks the RGB subpixel arrangement it is difficult to ascertain whether the display resolution is lower than what the Vive or Rift offer, but Sony has proven that resolution is not the be-all and end-all.

The technology within the headset clearly plays an enormous role in determining the clarity of the HMD’s image.

Is the PSVR Worth the Purchase Price?

If you are able to buy a PSVR, then by all means do so –we do not think the hardware will disappoint you. Just make sure to manage your expectations in terms of content, it’s still early days.

Developers are still trying to figure out what works and what does not when it comes to VR, and, for now, we are bound to see much shorter VR experiences.

If you already own a PS4 console, then you have the most inexpensive path to premium VR available to you, and, if you don’t, Sony remains the most reasonably priced high-end VR platform available right now. The Rift and Vive may be a notch above the PSVR, but the latter’s value is undeniable.

The Pros and Cons of the Playstation VR

The pros for the PSVR:

  • It is priced within many players’ means
  • It is comfortable
  • It has the best HMD for players who need to wear glasses
  • Its display is vibrant

The cons for the PSVR:

  • It mechanical adjustment are fragile
  • The bundle SKUs are confusing
  • The content is still expensive

The Sony PSVR is a wonderful product to get players into the high-end VR scene for a far more acceptable price-tag than PC-connected options.