If you’re looking for that trippy psychedelic fun without (or with, depending on your preference!) consumables, then maybe virtual reality could be your drug of choice. This is where Sony’s PlayStations VR could come into play. The latest Sony product will be released on October 13 and is already turning heads thanks to its design and power.
PlayStation VR is a powerful headset with a 5.7-inch OLED screen inside the visor that splits a 1920-by-1080 pixel image in such a way that each eye is able to sees 960-by-1080 pixels. Sony’s product is also way cheaper than any of the competitors with a $399 price tag against Facebook’s Oculus Rift ($599) and HTC’s Vive ($800) combined with a high-powered PC can run you will into four-figures.
PlayStation VR needs only to be paired with a Sony PlayStation 4 ($299) along with the PlayStation Camera ($59) with the two Move wands ($99) being optional, though for optimal use you really want to have them. Users can employ the basic but boring PS4 controller but the Move wands are recommended for "real" interation just as the Wii-like wands to allow you to interact with virtual objects using your hands.
What PlayStation VR offers as that its higher-end counterparts cannot is the Sony gaming catalog. Sony has a long standing relationship with most gaming developers thanks to being a console king for nearly two decades. They plan on offering offer 30 games as part of the launch with plans to expand to 50 by year’s end.
“Ever since we unveiled PS VR during the 2014 Game Developers Conference, we’ve received a tremendous response from gamers and developers alike,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
While virtual reality is still in its early stages, and some gamers might not quite be ready for it now, it is expected that more tech and gaming companies will be venturing into this new space in the near future.
For those who can't wait, the Playstation VR will be available September 13. While it may be tempting, be sure not lose sight of the real world once the new toy has become a part of your household.