PlayStation VR Pre-Orders - Should I go for it?






PlayStation VR Launch Bundle Pre-Orders Start Tuesday


So Sony's VR headset has finally gone on pre-order for under $500 (+/- R 7700). The pre-orders have started already and will only be shipped in October to their buyers.


The current requirements for the new peripheral with the headset are:
  • 2 PS Move controllers
  • 1 PS4 Camera
  • 1 PS4 (obviously) 
Currently there are to packages one can opt for:



  • ·         PlayStation VR Core Bundle ($399.99 MSRP) -  29 March  amazon
This is a stand-alone headset THAT DOES NOT WORK OUT OF THE BOX because it does not come with a camera nor does it come the move controllers


  • ·         PlayStation VR Launch Bundle ($499.99 MSRP) - 22 March amazon
This is a full bundle which includes the headset, the ps4 camera and the two move controllers, as well as a set of VR Games on Disc (PlayStation VR Worlds).




Now the question is whether or not it’s worth it?

Price

PSVR    - $499

Oculus  -  $599

Vive      - $799

Requirements to run


PSVR             

- PS4  = +/- R6000
   



R6000 ?



A PS4...nothing more, nothing less (if you take the launch bundle of course)


Oculus + HTC Vive    

- PC capable of running VR devices - >R10000




R20000 ?


You're looking at a setup with at least an Intel i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD 290 graphics card, according to Oculus. 

Quality

In comparison to the other headsets, the PSVR offers the lowest resolution. PSVR features a 5.7 inch, 1920 x 1080, OLED display split vertically to deliver a resolution of 960x1080 to each eye. Oculus Rift's resolution is 2160 x 1200, over two displays, so that's slightly more pixels per eye which can really make a difference. It has been though, that in game people of tend to forget the lack of hi-res shaders and lighting and just enjoy the game being played. PSVR offers better latency and less frame skipping which would counters the motion sickness etc issues many experience with the PC based VR headsets.

Issues

Already evident issues are the use of the outdated move controllers in tandem with the headset. The controllers were never the most well received devices and they quickly fizzled out with hardly any game support. Many people who've tried out the full PSVR experience have been quick to point out the lack of usability and responsiveness of the controllers especially when comparing them to the controllers made by HTC and Oculus. The lower resolution also seems to be a turn-off for many people who want the highest possible quality. 



According to a Sony spokesperson, Oculus is superior to the PSVR. Having said this, he backed it up by stating that this is a cheaper and more consumer friendly product that's easier to setup and acquire. In light of the fact that you'd need a PC worth a minimum of R10k, he words rang true. This device is made for the simple household gamer who just wants to enjoy shooting that guy, teabagging his teammate, in a friendly game of Call of Duty, from the comfort of his lounge.


My brother and I feel like it would be an awesome addition to our little game room and are amped to tackle the core bundle pre-order when it comes out this month on the 29th of March. Hopefully they ship to South Africa...




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