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Up close with Sony's PlayStation VR headset (pictures)

Take a look at Sony's PlayStation VR headset, an upcoming add-on to the PlayStation 4.

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Here, we're putting on the latest prototype of Sony's PlayStation VR headset.

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It uses magnifying lenses to stretch a smartphone-sized screen across your field of view, letting you see a virtual world.

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Putting on the headset is easy: you just pull back on the rear portion of the band, then pull it over your head like a baseball cap.

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Then, you twist the clicky dial around back to cinch it up. Just like a bike helmet.

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There's a button underneath the front of the headset, too. Push it, and you can slide the optics toward your face or away from it to accomodate glasses or take a breather.

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The PlayStation VR headset has a host of bright glowing blue LEDs which get tracked by the PlayStation Camera to help determine which way you're facing in the virtual world.

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You can look up, down, left, right, over your shoulder and anywhere to see a corresponding view of the virtual world.

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LEDs around back keep your head visible to the system even if you turn all the way around.

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A closer look at the side of the headset.

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A closer look at the front of the headset.

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Some games use controllers, but other ones simply rely on where you're looking at any given moment.

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The PlayStation VR headset doesn't yet have any built-in headphones, so we had to plug in external ones for the demo.

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