Well well well, the time has come to do a formal review of the PlayStation VR. I’m sure you’ve read countless of reviews by now, but this is a special review as it’s from us :).
Many of you might ask how I was able to get the VR system since it was sold out. Well, I have a little secret to share. One of my friends has a neat little trick when it comes to Amazon. It’s literally called “Take a day off work” trick lol. Basically he was able to secure two systems, one for himself and one for my review.
Upon setting up the VR system, I noticed how many wires needed to be plugged into the system, into the outlet, and into the VR headset. The setup will literally take you 30+ minutes to set it up properly. Once setup, you’ll need to go to Settings—> Devices—> PlayStation—> VR, and check how to measure & adjust your eye-to-eye distance. What this does is eliminate the blur you get during your experience. We had two people try it, one person who does not require glasses to play and the other person who needs glasses. In both cases the game was blurry. For example, if a player picked up a piece of paper from the ground and read the sheet, they wouldn’t be able to read the text on the paper as it was blurry. Fixing the settings to capture true eye-to-eye fixed this issue. Of course there’s the usual suspect of dirty lenses, but who makes the lenses dirty on the first day?
Once all of that is done, you’ll need to auto-adjust your controls to make sure the reader connects to the controls. This is easily done as the system walks you through the steps on screen. Once everything is setup you’re good to go!
-Please read this over and over again till you understand.
The VR set is very fragile. What I mean by this is that you just can’t put it on and take it off as you please. There’s specific sequences you need to take in order to put on or remove the head set without breaking it. I mean it won’t break with just a flick of a finger, however, if you forcefully remove the headset you can crack it (it has already been reported by a few reviewers). I have taken a two step process that I use personally, and in no way recommend or advocate this process. Using the process below is completely at your own discretion and I won’t be held responsible for anything that might break.
Step 1: There’s a solid top part of the set. I always grab the top part while using my other hand to slide the front goggle out. See picture below:
Step 2: Again, I start by holding the solid part at the top, then move onto adjusting the back of the headset. See picture below:
Again, you need to figure out on your own how to put on the VR set and how to remove it. These are the two steps I personally take and works for me. Once you have put on the headset properly, you can tighten the back and adjust the front to be closer to your face. Now there has been review where people say they can still see the bottom of the ground, but this is because A). they did not adjust the front properly, or B). They wear glasses (yes, you still need to wear glasses as if you’re watching TV) and need to touch-up the plastic rubber protectors to point “downwards”. Now I tried the VR without glasses and I was fine (eye-sight wise), and the VR set fit like a glove. I didn’t see any open spaces and it was just totally bad ass. However, this might be compromised slightly if you wear glasses as mentioned above.
Now onto the gameplay! At first you’ll notice that the graphics are not up-to-par with what we’re use to now. However, it sort of brings you back to the PS2 days. Some games have pretty decent graphics, but in general you won’t get the kind of graphics you’re use to on your PS4 or Xbox One (however, playing Resident Evil 7 blew me away and the graphics were insane). Sorry, I went off topic. So my first impression is WOW! You really feel like you are in the “creepy room” in the game, or talking to some in first person. When you look left or right, or even BEHIND YOU you’re able to see a full world. It’s quite incredible. When you look down you’re able to see your “virtual” self. As well, you’re able to see your arms if you expend out (of course you need the VR accessories for this).
Despite what some people say as “inaccurate readings” from the VR controllers, I had the opposite experience. I was able to blow away enemies when I pointed to them, I was able to reload and move my arms and never noticed a delay/lag. Looking left and right also had no delays. I was quite impressed given that the only other motion-controllers I ever had was the Nintendo Wii LOL. So a big improvement and very fun to use. You’re also able to use the regular ps4 controller (not the two sticks) which is also smooth and easy to use. No complaints about that.
There is also a cool safety feature that pops up and reminds you to take a break from the VR system as you can’t really play more than 1 hour as you’ll get tired fast. But that wasn’t the case for me hehe. Once again, I’m not health & safety specialist and only recommend doing what the system tells you.
Overall my experience has been excellent. I would definitely recommend this to a friend. The games that will be coming out are mind boggling, and the VR already has some awesome games in their line-up. Definitely an experience you can’t miss!
Click here if you want to buy your own PSVR. I see sellers are actually listing them lower than what they paid, probably hoping to get a bidding war in place.
VGA PlayStation VR system review based on first impressions.