PlayStation VR is the most accessible VR yet
PlayStation VR is the most accessible VR yet
3:57

PlayStation VR is the most accessible VR yet

Gaming Accessories
[MUSIC] 2016 is the year that VR broke into the mainstream. Full motion VR like what Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive offer are really expensive. Getting setup with one of those from scratch will likely set you back well over $1000. And now there's another option, Playstation VR. This is the most accessible full VR out there, and it's also the cheapest. Even if you don't already own a PS4, which you do need for PSVR, the entire package will run you around $800. Now if you do own a PS4, and there are over 40 million of them sold, it's even more affordable. So before I show you how to set this all up, let's look at what you need to use PSVR, and what comes in the box. The standard PSVR that sells for $400 gets you just the headset and the wires needed to connect it to a PS4, but you'll also need a Playstation camera and two move controllers to be completely set up. If you don't have any of those laying around, Sony offers a $500 PSVR bundle that packs everything in Except, of course, for a PS4. The whole set-up process doesn't really tell you how much space you'll need to play, but the included manual says that you'll need roughly a ten by six foot area. Now I don't have that kind of space in my apartment, but I was still able to get it to work pretty well. Now because PSVR only has one camera for tracking movement, I found it doesn't always give you the sense of freedom that the HTC Vive does. I've also found that steps engaged when you're wandering out of the suite part of the camera and also I experience issues when I completely turn around. Some games also don't tell you whether or not to stand or sit, but I found that if you stand to play most games, it's a safer bet. Speaking of games, there are a handful of titles hitting PSVR at launch. [MUSIC] We played Batman [INAUDIBLE], Super Hyper Cube, Job Simulator and a bunch of others. Over all the game play experience is solid even if a lot of these games are less substantial than a regular PS 4 game. [MUSIC] But wearing the headset can be awkward and getting it to fit right can kinda be a pain. But also feels a bit cheaper than totally comfortable with Which is another reason why you may wanna opt for a stand to sit it on when you're not using it. I've also found it's tough to play PSVR for more than 30 to 45 minutes at a time. Not that I'm getting dizzy or anything like that but just because wearing the headset that long starts to get uncomfortable. So how does it all compare to HTC Vibe and Oculus Rift? Well let's talk to the guy who helped reviewed them both for CNET. [MUSIC] Oculus Rift and HTC Vive both connect to more expensive gaming PCs. Each of them does full motion tracking in a room. Vive has it already with it's controllers and Rift will get that by the end of the year. Now if you want phone based VR like this Gear VR on my face, it doesnt do any hand tracking. All you can do is move your head around, which is not great for gaming. [MUSIC] At the end of the day, PSVR can get you pretty close to what's available in the super high-end VR offering. [INAUDIBLE] out there. Now when you consider the price and the attractiveness to someone who already owns the PS4 it's definitely present a compelling proposition. Of course there's also PS4 Pro on the horizon which would likely improve the graphics and performance of this entire thing, bringing it closer to what's possible with the high end PC graphics card I'm very curious to see how that affects PSVR. Especially when you consider that for just $100 more you may include the overall experience substantially. We will update our review when we have tested PSVR with the PS4 Pro

Up Next

The PlayStation VR 2 controllers revealed
psvr-v1-sb-00-01-33-18-still002.png

Up Next

The PlayStation VR 2 controllers revealed

AMD reveals new Radeon 6700 XT graphics chip
amdstill

AMD reveals new Radeon 6700 XT graphics chip

Razer's CES 2021 concept pieces are a smart mask and the world's craziest gaming chair
ces-razerconcept

Razer's CES 2021 concept pieces are a smart mask and the world's craziest gaming chair

Infinity Game Table puts board games on demand
nda-gametable-2

Infinity Game Table puts board games on demand

Essential PlayStation 5 launch accessories
ps5-accessories

Essential PlayStation 5 launch accessories

Sony shows new look at DualSense controller for PS5
sonycontroler

Sony shows new look at DualSense controller for PS5

How Ring Fit Adventure rhythm dance game is the workout I need
nintendo-ringfit-adventure

How Ring Fit Adventure rhythm dance game is the workout I need

Ring Fit Adventure is a real workout
ringcon-squat

Ring Fit Adventure is a real workout

Trying out the Nintendo Switch Lite actually surprised me
p1022565

Trying out the Nintendo Switch Lite actually surprised me

Nintendo Labo VR hands-on: This virtual reality gets weird
nintendo-labo-vr

Nintendo Labo VR hands-on: This virtual reality gets weird

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Humane AI Pin Hands-On: Tiny Wearable Phonelet Beams Light Like R2-D2
humane-ai-pin-thumb2

Humane AI Pin Hands-On: Tiny Wearable Phonelet Beams Light Like R2-D2

OnePlus Watch 2 Review: A Big Battery, But Falls Short in Other Ways
240223-site-oneplus-watch-2-v2

OnePlus Watch 2 Review: A Big Battery, But Falls Short in Other Ways

Samsung Galaxy Ring: Our First Glimpse of Samsung's Health-Tracking Wearable
samsung-galaxy-ring-00-01-28-12-still002.png

Samsung Galaxy Ring: Our First Glimpse of Samsung's Health-Tracking Wearable

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Motorola's Rollable Concept Phone Wraps on Your Wrist
240225-site-motorola-rollable-concept

Motorola's Rollable Concept Phone Wraps on Your Wrist

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Motorola's Rollable Concept Phone Wraps on Your Wrist
240225-site-motorola-rollable-concept

Motorola's Rollable Concept Phone Wraps on Your Wrist

See Adobe Lightroom on the Apple Vision Pro
adobe-lightroom-00-02-58-03-still006-1

See Adobe Lightroom on the Apple Vision Pro

This $400 Cane Has a Built-In Phone
p1022441-mp4-15-35-32-23-still001

This $400 Cane Has a Built-In Phone

Apple Vision Pro: Unboxed and Set Up
vlcsnap-2024-01-29-14h38m03s627.png

Apple Vision Pro: Unboxed and Set Up

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Latest How To All how to videos

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips
superbowl-tv-settings-thumb1

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips

How to Use a Quest 3 Like the Vision Pro
240202-site-spatial-computing-on-meta-quest-3

How to Use a Quest 3 Like the Vision Pro

How to Make a GPT in ChatGPT-4
howto-createyourowngpt-clean

How to Make a GPT in ChatGPT-4