Here’s why you should consider picking up a Playstation VR.
Why should you get a PSVR headset?
If you’re looking to play virtual reality games on a home console, the Playstation VR is your only port of call at this stage. What’s more, Sony’s experience in cultivating developer ecosystems has resulted in PSVR quickly amassing an impressively large library of polished content with strong production values. It took a lot longer for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive to have the kinds of confident and fully-fledged titles that Sony’s headset launched with out of the gate. What’s more, where its competition mostly exhibit shorter 1-2 hour “experiences”, Playstation VR is packing feature-length titles that offer a lot closer to what you usually expect from a full-price new release game in terms of length like Resident Evil VI and Farpoint.
Beyond that, price is probably the biggest selling point here. At $550 locally, it’s by far the cheapest of the big three VR headsets. You do already need to own a Playstation 4 in order to use it, of course – but considering the home console is worlds cheaper than a VR-ready PC, this actually works in the headset’s favor to a degree.
Aesthetically, you’ll either love or hate the Playstation VR headset. It’s either for you, or it isn’t. That said, in our opinion, the adjustable headband aspect of the Playstation VR headset is probably one area where it has a clear advantage over its competitors. It’s much quicker to pop the headset and far less hassle than both the Rift and Oculus Rift. Less straps, less worries.
Why shouldn’t you get a PSVR headset?
The other flip-side to the hands-on approach to virtual reality that Sony have employed here is that it’s much more of a walled garden than both the Rift and the Vive. The only things you can use the PSVR headset for are those that Sony wants you to. There’s no competing content stores and the price for VR content is a little higher as a result – which balances out the lower price point the headset itself hits. At least, to some degree.
In addition, the Playstation Move controllers that PSVR relies on for interaction are a bit less responsive and precise than the controllers used by the Vive and Oculus Rift. This isn’t a deal-breaker but it does contribute towards the PS VR feeling a little more thrown-together and less cutting-edge than its competition.
Finally, while the content available for the PSVR has been solid so far, the overwhelming majority of it tends to involve shooting stuff. Due to the reliance to go through Sony in order to get stuff into the hands of customers, you simply don’t get the same kind of experimental experience you find on the other headsets.
That said, if you already own a PS4 and aren’t particularly enticed by any of the content that’s currently exclusive to the PC-based options, this is still probably the VR headset you’ll want to get your hands on.