Review Sony PlayStation VR: virtual, real

Review Sony PlayStation VR: virtual, real


For some, the purchase of virtual reality helmet from Sony may turn into a regret about the money spent, while others will experience are already half-forgotten delight of meeting new technology, bringing digital entertainment to the next level. We have tried to make this overview most elaborate and available today VR-gadget, virtual reality glasses, Sony PlayStation VR helped the reader to understand in advance, even without parting with at least 30 thousand rubles, which group he is.

PlayStation VR – design, features, connection


PlayStation VR virtual reality helmet, designed for use with the PlayStation 4 console, PlayStation Eye camera and a DualShock controller and the Move – looks great, Sony designers have worked on glory. He doesn’t look like the invention of the mad scientist-sadist, rather Recalling the standard equipment of the Navigator of a starship. If you can pretend this thing is from the future, then that future seems pretty bright.

Although it appeared on the market before alternatives are designed to work in tandem with a powerful PC Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, look not so stylish, from the point of view of technical possibilities, they are more advanced. PlayStation VR one 5.7-inch OLED screen that provides a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, per eye you have a rectangle of 960 x 1080 pixels. The maximum angle is 100 degrees. Both competitors each eye gets an image with a separate screen with a resolution of 1080 by 1200 pixels, and the maximum viewing angle reaches 110 degrees. But PlayStation VR can display the picture not only with the frequency of 90 Hz, like the other helmets, but at 120 Hz, which, given the current field of view of the user generated intermediate frames. In theory this should make the gameplay more comfortable and realistic.

To play some games with the PlayStation VR, you’ll need a pretty impressive Arsenal of accessories. Of course, you need a PlayStation 4 (original version, Pro or Slim, with some Pro games provide a better picture). Can not do without the PlayStation Eye camera — it reads the position of the luminous elements on the helmet, the tracking position of the user’s head in space and the direction of gaze. Need a controller: you can do a regular DualShock, but in many titles, providing tracking of the player’s hand, fully not play without a pair of PlayStation Move. Finally, connect the helmet to the console and TV will be using a special module — a rectangular box with a separate power supply, multiple connectors, and led indicator.

It looks like the system connected properly with the PlayStation VR, console and TV

Although a lot of cables tangled in them, if only to lazy to read the instructions. Each marked with a sticker with a number, and the connection process painted on the steps. Another thing that will have to think twice about how and where all these cobwebs to hide: the spectacle in its original form is not only able to ruin the whole Feng Shui in the living room but even for the lair of the bachelor looks wildly.

PlayStation VR experience


So, everything is connected (from helmet is ONE cable – learn, HTC!), waited for the update, worn. Design sound: hold down located at the right of the eye button to move the part with the screen and optics forward, place on the head soft hula Hoop, move the screen to the eyes (goggles can be worn, checked: they will fit) and then to find the position of the Hoop to the picture was as clear as possible. After that, the wheel at the Hoop, located in the neck, to lock more reliably.

The idea is that helmet Sony should lose in convenience competitors: it weighs 610 grams, that is 10 percent more HTC Vive (555 g) and is 20 more Oculus Rift (470 g). But the design is so successful that the weight is distributed evenly, as a result, the vast majority of users vestibular system get tired of games much sooner than the muscles of the head and neck will get tired from the weight of the helmet.

The owner of a PlayStation VR or any other VR helmet, still need one essential accessory without which experience would be Kood worse than it could be, it… high-quality microfiber cloth. Just not for 20 rubles of goods in the supermarket — and the dust from the Cabinet really does not wipe, there is a special to clean the screens of mobile devices or points, cost from 100 rubles and more. Here’s exactly what you need — wipe the lenses of the helmet, which will inevitably gather dust and get dirty from contact with the skin:

So, what are your impressions of PlayStation VR? If you’ve never seen virtual reality, even a copy of Google Cardboard on Aliexpress ordered, stunning wow-effect is guaranteed, especially when paired with 3D sound in high quality headphones. PlayStation VR pretty good, better than smartphone VR headsets to cope with the creation of immersive. Most importantly, the rubber gasket is well coincided with the face, not missing the light — otherwise, the “dip” is very relative. I, for instance, was not able to achieve complete isolation.

For those who have tried the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or at least the Gear VR with Samsung PlayStation VR no revelations will bring. The picture is not perfect, you can easily see the individual pixels, and for a 100-percent immersion in virtual reality will require, probably, a strong sensibility, honed the skills of self-hypnosis, or changing perceptions of a substance. “This monster could really scare me, if it is not sticking to the corners of the pixels” — the thought slips regularly. Some games (the most interesting, in my opinion, VR titles for the PlayStation I will discuss below) can, intentionally stylizing the graphics to retro or simplifying gameplay to achieve more impressive results. But on the photorealistic image in the VR at the current level of technology while speech can not go.

PlayStation VR – best games


Sony did all that already at the start of sales of the PlayStation VR was plenty to choose from. To date in Europe are available about eight dozen titles that support virtual reality helmet Sony. Demo 18 of them written to carefully put in each box with the PlayStation VR disk, a couple of trial versions you can download for free in the PlayStation Store, the developers other games offer users to pay money for pasted colorful promotional materials bags swarming with cats there of unknown quality.

Here are some of the games aroused the strongest emotions I have personally:

Rail (literally — the player moves through the virtual world on the truck, as in the attraction “House of horrors”) shooter-horror game Until Dawn: a Rush of Blood into the entourage of hell’s circus and forced to shoot from bloodthirsty clowns and other infernal creatures. Highly recommended Move controllers as gripped in both hands pistols with one DualShock I was not able to survive even to the end of the short demo.