Gaming giant Sony has officially launched the much-awaited PlayStation VR in the UK at a very attractive price of £349. The virtual reality gaming console provides its users with a rich, immersive and unmatched experience.
The PlayStation VR headset consists of a 5.7” OLED (organic LED) screen which renders high contrast, high definition images at 120 frames per second. The 360-degree view of PS VR ensures that you feel like a part of the game, inside the game. The 3D audio feature lets the gamer accurately perceive the direction and distance of sounds that are coming from different directions. The built-in mic allows for chatting with friends online and to discuss gaming tactics, thereby enriching the experience.
The PlayStation camera tracks the position of the nine LEDs on the front, back and sides of the PS VR headset.
While Sony has been aggressively pursuing the virtual reality technology to grab an early share of the market which is expected to reach $22.86 billion by 2019 and double the following year to $40.26 billion, its homeland competitor Nintendo is adopting a cautious approach. Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the extremely successful franchises such as Donkey Kong, Mario, and The Legend of Zelda was quoted as saying,
We’ve been looking at the technology, but we should also see how it fits into our products that are designed to use for the long term and how parents would feel about their children mounting VR devices.
Regarding this, Sony has issued an advisory that children under 12 years should be barred from using the device. It also said that some people may experience motion sickness, nausea, disorientation, blurred vision or other discomforts while viewing virtual reality content, in which cases, the gamer must remove the VR headset immediately.
Sony’s VR gaming offering does not disappoint as it currently supports some of the most popular games such as Farpoint, Batman: Arkham VR, EVE: Valkyrie, DRIVECLUB: VR, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, and many more. A host of other games are due to be added by the end of this year.
The £349 PlayStation VR is significantly cheaper than the competitors’ products. Facebook’s Oculus Rift is available for £549 in the UK, considerably higher than $599 (£461) in U.S. HTC Vive costs £749 in the UK. So, Sony’s PS VR is a no-brainer in terms of pricing.
Here is a simple video explaining all the components of PlayStation VR.