- Console VR Advantages
- Console VR Disadvantage
- Popular Console Virtual Reality Headsets
- What Else You Will Need
- Typical Pricing: ~$399 to ~$549
- Prerequisites: Ownership of a PlayStation 4 (~$299) or PlayStation 4 Pro (~$399) and a PlayStation 4 Camera (~$41)
- Experience: Mid to Lower High End Range; 180 degree motion tracking, hand tracking
Console VR Advantages
If you already have any version of the PlayStation 4 then the PSVR is a solid mid-level experience and considerably better introduction into VR than any smartphone VR. This is because of the much more powerful processor, the external tracking of the headset, the games are more advanced than phone-based VR (such as Resident Evil 7), and there are more ways to interact within the environment. The PlayStation 4 Pro provides a slight increase in graphics on VR games and faster loading times.
Console VR Disadvantages
Currently the only console with VR available is the Sony PlayStation 4 but Microsoft is working on a headset as well for the Xbox. It is also possible that in the future the graphical and performance differences in VR between the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro will greatly increase but Sony has already said that all PlayStation VR games will always be playable on either console. If you do not already have a PlayStation 4 but do have a good computer then you might want to consider spending a bit more and go with a PC VR setup.
Popular Console Virtual Reality Headsets
There’s only one: the PSVR.
What Else You Will Need
PlayStation VR Specific Accessories
- PlayStation Move Motion Controllers (~$97): if you want hand tracking in the games you will need these controllers otherwise the games are played with the standard PlayStation 4 controller.