The PS4’s VR Capabilities

The PlayStation VR Headset
The PlayStation VR Headset

VR for the PS4 is an affordable way to enter the new world of Virtual Reality. Sure, it has its problems, but I’d bet you other VR systems do as well. With the technology still very much in its infancy in terms of mass market usage, there are bound to be some problems that need ironing out.

There are some big things planned for PlayStations VR over the coming year, with more and more developers either remastering titles we’ve played a thousand times and bringing it to VR. Yes Bethesda, that was a poke at you. There are also entirely new titles that will scare the pants of you.

The bad news is, we don’t have too many details on them, so we’ll save that topic for when we do.

PlayStation’s work with VR has made the system more compatible and easier to dive in to. Previous iterations for PCs are often very expensive and also require an equally expensive machine to run them. With PlayStation, all that mess and part of the cost has been taken care of.

Now, this isn’t to say that the VR system for PlayStation is cheap either, but it’s a whole lot cheaper than it would be to, first of all, have a PC capable of running VR to a good standard, and then buying the hardware itself.

Before we dive into the whole mess of PC VR, let’s look at the finer points souring the PS4s VR capabilities.

VR for PlayStation is sold in a couple of varieties. The basic package will include the VR system itself, that’s the headset and the cables required, but it also includes some headphones. For this setup, you’re looking to spend around $399 / €399 / £349 / AUD$549.

The PlayStation VR Launch Bundle
The PlayStation VR Launch Bundle

The other option is the PlayStation VR Launch Bundle which will include S VR system, PlayStation Camera, two PlayStation Move Motion Controllers, and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds for $499 / £390 / AU$655.

So now that you’ve saved your pennies, and bought your VR system, it’s time to look at which PS4 is best to run the thing on. Now, I probably don’t need to tell you that you actually need a PS4 to plug the thing into before it will work, but for the purpose of mass backlash, I’m going to.

It would be obvious for me to say that the PS4 VR is going to work best on the PS4 pro, but I’m going to say it anyway. The Pro will not only make your experience look better, but will also improve the frame rate as well as other small things like loading times.

The problem here lies in the fact that I told you that PlayStation’s VR was an affordable way into the VR world. Now, if you now have to go out and buy a better console than the one you already have, well that just increases the cost to something comparable with the PCs VR.

The good news is that the PS4 VR is compatible with all versions of the PS4, including the slim version. Expect that results will vary in terms of quality, but if this is your first inroad to the VR world, I highly doubt you will have any complaints when playing on a PS4 slim.

So now that you have your console and you have you VR headset, what games are you going to play?

For you none squeamish folk out there, I would suggest Resident Evil Biohazard. I would challenge even the bravest amongst you to be scared at least a little bit when playing this in VR.

Biohazard Is tense, action filled and cinematic to the point where you almost feel like you’re actually there. This is VRs strongest suite I feel, the emersion you get from this device is like any other experience on the market and it’s something I urge all serious gamers to try once.

If you’re not a fan of screaming then there are plenty of other games currently released for PS VR.

This VR system is great and it’s something PlayStation deserves recognition for. No other home console system comes close to competing currently. But for all its good points, there are still some slight negatives I feel I should explain.

The system doesn’t come with all the accessories required. As I’ve stated, there are two versions available, and the more expensive option feels like the experience everyone should be getting with the system. The motion controllers make a big difference with some games and it feels slightly cheating to sell the device without them.

That said, the motion controllers themselves are not great. They’re often frustrating to use and it also feels like the tracking is not quite there yet. This could be down to a number of things I admit, either I’m just not used to this method of gaming or indeed, the tracking is poor. Being the down to earth guy I am, I have to go with the latter.

The headset that comes with the VR is great by all accounts except one. Blocking out light is an issue here. It’s not great at doing so, and can often be distracting and immersion breaking. This is something I’m sure they will improve in the future and I’d also like to go on record saying I have quite a small head, so this could also be the problem. I have spoken to fellow users about the leaking of light though, and most seem to agree with me.

To me, PlayStation has given users a fantastic introduction to a new world of gaming and despite its flaws, the good far outweighs the bad here. PlayStation’s VR is affordable, has great graphical qualities and has the games to play too. If you haven’t got one already, get saving as a new dawn for video gaming is rising.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.