Sony PlayStation VR headset sits comfortably on your head and gives you a good lag-free gaming experience. You will not feel nausea due to 18ms latency. But you can use it on PS4 only. There is a light leakage problem and frequent disconnections occur during game because of the movement. The TechSeer will give it a 7.8 out of a solid 10.
Oculus Go and HTC Vive have revolutionized the PC Gaming with the introduction of featured VR headsets. Now its time for Sony to launch their very own PlayStation VR headset specifically made for PlayStation games. You will need a Sony camera and a PS4 Original, Slim or Pro along with DualShock 4 or Move Controllers to connect your PS4 VR headset. Read our Sony Playstation VR headset review to find out if this is for you.
Sony PlayStation VR headset review
- Sits comfortably on your head
- Almost no nausea feeling
- 18ms latency with no lags
- Light leakage
- Need lots of accessories
- Disconnects during gameplay
- Limited area to play
Availability and Pricing
The PS4 camera and VR headset are available worldwide. You can purchase them from eBay or Amazon or from your local vendors. It has a starting price of £229 in the UK which came down from £349. In the USA the same package cost around $220 while in Australia, you can purchase it from AU$400. The package will include PS4 camera and VR headset along with a small VR unit and earbuds.
How does PlayStation VR work?
How does this happen?
Think of it this way, you cannot watch a cricket match with only one camera. They have dozens of cameras on the spot to give you an amazing experience.
So a better option here is just to sit or stand stationary. Sitting is better for some players who have a problem of motion sickness during VR gameplay. But you cannot always sit on your ass. You need to get up for some of the VR games out there if you really want to enjoy them.
What actually is VR and why so much hype about it?
Sony Playstation VR headset Features
You can play 1080p games on PlayStation VR on a 5.7 inch OLED display featuring 920xRGBx1080 resolution. The refresh rate actually depends on the games. You can play games at 90Hz or even 120Hz. Most of the gaming laptops today are coming with up to 144Hz. A 120Hz means that image refresh itself 120 times in one second. The more it is; the better the gameplay will be.
There is one other thing which we need to specify here, the latency or response rate. While the competitors haven’t really talked about the response rate; Sony has claimed that its response rate is locked at 18ms. This means you will notice much less lags comparatively.
One of the main edge Sony has over its competitors “HTC” and “Oculus” is its already established market and fan following. Console gamers usually go for Sony PlayStation or Xbox. We’ll keep Nintendo out of the equation at this time because let’s be honest here; their primary audience is kids only. Anyway, so normal console gamers would prefer going for Sony PlayStation VR because it has a name, good reputation and some of the top developers work for them plus they already have many gaming titles out there which are specifically made to play on VR.
We’ll soon update you with our top VR games for this year. They range from first and third person to shooting, arcade and adventure games.
PS4 or PS4 Pro?
If you are new to console gaming and eager to play VR games; then you would think about which console to choose from. PS4 or PS4 Pro?
PS4 Pro is more powerful in terms of graphics. In short, it is more capable than PS4. We felt minor changes when we compared both consoles side by side and played VR games on them. PS4 Pro had more detailed graphics, a better texture, and smooth lag free experience.
Build and Design
We won’t go fancy here but the build on PlayStation VR is remarkable. It is finished with white and black matte plastic. There are seven blue lights on the front which PlayStation camera use to track your body and head movement. There are two extra blue lights on the back in case you want to turn back for some games.
The comfort is the main thing here which competitors lack. The headset is wrapped around your head and has various options to adjust according to your liking. It has a thick cushion layered around the headset from inside so you won’t feel uncomfortable when wearing. The comfort level is better than its competitor. Why? Because most of the weight is on your head, unlike other VR headsets where some of the weight is on your nose and forehead hence making you uncomfortable after a while due to increased pressure.
Light Leakage: You can literally put on this headset for more than an hour and won’t feel uncomfortable. All headsets come with seals to avoid lights from outside. Due to more pressure on your head and less on your nose and forehead; there is a space left between the nose and forehead hence you will experience a light leakage problem on PlayStation 4 VR headset. This is one of the major drawbacks of PS4 VR since you cant focus properly on your game and that is the main objective of using a VR headset.
Not a wireless headset entirely: It is not entirely a wireless VR headset and unlike others, you need to sync it with your system all the time. You can use the attached cord to change the volume or turn off the headset. This cord is attacked with the PlayStation VR’s processing unit. You can find a headphone jack there to use your old school headphones with it.
Cheap earbuds: We found cheap earbuds from Sony when we were unboxing our unit. I won’t recommend you to use it since the quality and build is pathetic and I felt like using 5 dollar earbuds purchased from eBay. I recommend you to go with any good quality headphones here.
Extra processing unit: You will get an additional small unit with dimensions of 5.6×1.4 x5.6 inches. It’s not here to boost your graphics performance. It is responsible for assisting in 3D audio processing, to enable Cinematic mode, helping in social screen TV output and HDMI cable management. So you will have to manage an extra box along with your other accessories on your gaming shelf now.
Oculus and HTC are coming with new VR wearables soon. But this Sony VR headset is not behind. The main difference between these headsets is that you can use both of the competitors’ headset on your gaming PC but PS4 VR is especially for PlayStation 4. You can play games with maximum settings on HTC and Oculus. We hardly found any lag considering we were playing on a GTX 1080 which is one of the most powerful graphics units out there.
Cinematic Mode: You can use cinematic mode to watch 2D movies and shows in the VR. I’m not sure whether you would want that or not. A 1:30 to 2-hour movie can really have an impact on your eyes in long terms especially for teens. It won’t transform your movies from 2D to 3D but you can enjoy a supersize virtual experience on your VR headset.