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You absolutely need to pre-order PlayStation VR – here's five reasons why


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OPINION Games Editor, Brett Phipps, is convinced PlayStation VR is a hit in the making. Read why.

When the Oculus Rift arrived in the TrustedReviews offices I could barely contain my excitement. Having enveloped myself in all the hype surrounding virtual reality, I couldn’t wait to see what was truly possible once you donned the headset.

My first experience in VR was, I imagine, like many of yours: whimsical. You look around whichever world you’re in with that goofy expression, amazed by the idea that you can lean, turn, move and the environment reacts.

Eventually I got to take the Rift home, and I played everything. From EVE: Valkyrie to Project Cars to Henry, I wanted to try them all. However, as the weeks went by, the amount of time I spent in the Rift grew shorter and shorter.

Setting up the headset proved a pain. My living situation meant that after each used I had to tidy up all the cables and pack away everything as there’s simply no space to house the headset, so when the thought of unboxing and setting up the Rift for a 20-minute race in Project Cars pops up, I realised that setting it up simply isn’t worth it.

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Then there’s the fact it’s on PC, a personal gripe of mine. If you don’t turn on your PC every half-a-second there’s some update or something that no longer works or some jiggery-pokery that needs doing to make what worked the previous second continue to do so. I once spent an entire day trying to get the Rift to work, the myriad updates, bug fixes, troubleshooting and sheer soul-sucking effort proved too much. So I gave up.

Before the PC-brigade jumps in the comments, I know this won’t be the same for everyone, but for somebody like myself who just wants the simplicity of plug and play, I imagine the notion and experience will be shared.

This is why I’m completely sold on PlayStation VR. There are so many reasons why PSVR can become the shining beacon of virtual reality above its competitors that it boggles the mind. Many expected the lower visual fidelity and narrower viewing angle to impact the overall quality of the headset, but each time I’ve got to try the kit at demo booths I’ve preferred it over the Oculus, and by some margin.

Having tried to get into virtual reality via the Oculus and failing, I’m throwing all my chips into PlayStation once again, and I believe that PlayStation VR will far and away be the best virtual reality headset. Here are five reasons why.

1. It looks and feels great

Firstly, just look at the headset, the thing is absolutely gorgeous. Its rivals, on the other hand, definitely look like the first entry in a new piece of hardware. Sony’s PSVR looks not only like a great piece of kit, but a futuristic piece of tech.

Not only that, it’s comfortable too. Unlike the Oculus and HTC Vive, which strap onto your whole face, the PSVR instead sits on top of your head. Rather than use cumbersome and tatty straps, it uses a plastic bar which can be extended according to head size.

For added comfort there’s leather-like padding around the inside of the headset, coupled with rubber supports for the bridge of the nose.

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The Rift, however, has multiple Velcro straps which feel cheap and no matter how you adjust it, it isn’t a comfortable thing to wear. The fact that it uses sponge for padding to sit on your face also means you’ll quickly get very hot and sweaty under it, and it can be tough to clean.

Oh and you can wear glasses while using PSVR, thanks to it not strapping onto your face.The fact the weight is resting on your forehead means those with specs can wear them without too much discomfort.

The PSVR is far and away the best looking headset of the three, and it helps that it’s also incredibly comfortable to wear.

2. It has better games

While Project Cars and EVE: Valkyrie are amazing in Oculus Rift, they aren’t exclusive and as yet, Oculus doesn’t have a killer app to make it stand out from the crowd. On PC, the Vive is certainly the winner here, thanks to its paddles it can support games like Hover Junkers and Arizona Sunshine (though Rift is getting paddles in the form of Oculus Touch).

However, PS4 boasts a plethora of exclusives, and each of them that I’ve played have been great fun. Batman Arkham VR is immense, Rez Infinite was mad and Resident Evil 7 is absolutely terrifying.

In terms of games, Sony has done an excellent job of making whomever decides to shell out the cash for a headset feel spoiled for choice with excellent offerings from big names.

3. It’s easier to use

Again, to use the PSVR I simply plug it into my PS4 and it works. People have often asked how VR games perform on the console, what with the impending launch of the PS4 Neo it’s fair to wonder if PlayStation VR is only truly achievable on Sony’s newer, more powerful console. But each time I’ve played a VR game it’s been on a standard console, and it’s worked like a dream.

Now, of course, once these games go from being vertical slices to full releases, that could change, but I doubt it. It’s fair to assume that PSVR will perform better on a more powerful machine, but that doesn’t mean it’ll run perfectly well on your current PS4.


Take the Oculus Rift, for instance: when I first got the headset I ran it on a PC far inferior to the minimum recommended specs. I had an Nvidia GTX 760 graphics and an Intel i5-4570 3.2GHz processor. I plugged in the headset fully expecting performance to be terrible, but it wasn’t. In fact, it was fine.

Framerates of course are tantamount to comfort in virtual reality. If you’re yet to use it, if a game doesn’t run above a certain framerate it can leave you feeling very sick. Even on the low-performance PC the framerate was fine, instead the game simply ran at lower graphical settings. Basically everything looked a bit murky, but I could still get it to work.

4. It’s better to play

Each time I’ve used the PSVR, I’ve found it more comfortable than the Oculus Rift. Not in terms of the headset, but how the games perform. I’m not sure if this is because the games run at a slightly higher framerate, or if it’s because the graphics aren’t as high fidelity, but the whole thing is just more enjoyable.

That’s not to say games on the Oculus aren’t fun to play, far from it. Project Cars is amazing, as is Valkyrie, which remain my two VR standout titles to beat, but I’ve just found PSVR that little bit better.

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Perhaps it’s because they are purpose-built for the console, and don’t have to worry about the different hardware people could potentially be playing the game with.

5. It’s the cheapest

An easy point to score, but a valid one: PSVR is the cheapest virtual reality headset, even with the camera and Move controllers thrown in.

The visual fidelity may be lower, but it isn’t like you’re pressing your nose against a CRT TV. I’ve played some great-looking games in PlayStation VR, Driveclub in particular is stunning. To have virtual reality, with amazing games and in an ecosystem I know will be easy to use all for around £500, consider me sold.

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September 2, 2016, 6:21 pm

I hate reading these kind of thing. You are either paid by Sony or just a really PC hater person.

1: About the space the rift use... seriously??? that thing has 1 single wire, included headphones and use a wifi xbox controller. If you think that takes too much space and need to be unplugged and put back in the box every time then you have to move from the closet where you freaking live. It piss me off just to read you!!! I use a toilet paper holder on the side screw to my wall to put the rift when I dont use it and it doesnt take more than 6 inch by 6 inch. SO BULL$HIT

2: PC having to update 30 times a day... bouahahaha again seriously???. I have my Windows 10 it update itself once in a while (like once every 2 weeks)only during the night and the rift installation was a breeze. The oculus Home update itself and its game automatically... What freaking updates are you talking about. Everything works right away and ALWAYS. If you are too "noob" to use a computer... I dont think you should be reviewing for a tech site!!!

3: I have never tried the PSVR but I can do hours of Oculus session and it is very comfortable. The Velcro doesnt need to be adjust every time... its a one time thing then you strech and put on and the headphones are right there ready to be used.

4: PSVR is better on how games performs... Of course if you tried your 760 to play oculus games you will get bad performances. It felt not bad because Oculus use ATW to compensate for your low end $hitty video card.

5: PSVR is not exactly the cheapest. I dont have a PS4 but I do have a good PC with a 970 and an Intel CPU. SO for me it was 600$ VS 450 for the PS + 400 for the headset. SO its all freaking relative. Most people have a PC with a good CPU but a bad video card. A new 1060 from Nvidia or the new Radeon card cost around 250$ and can run the rift very very well. Again, get your freaking fact straight.

What a bias and bad article that was. I think I -Edited- didnt like reading this.

That was MY opinion on Your Opinion.

David Lazarek

September 2, 2016, 7:01 pm

I have one pre-ordered, but have been tempering my enthusiasm for it. I have been skeptical, but wanted to give VR a shot. I tried google cardboard: it's okay, but a novelty. My gaming PC is just a little bit under the Rift requirements, so it really wasn't an option. The Rift is also a little too pricey for me as well. I finally got to demo PSVR this week, and it was very impressive, and fun! Looking forward to October 13 now. :)


September 2, 2016, 9:56 pm

More peasantry written by a console peasant. "If you don’t turn on your PC every half-a-second there’s some update or something that no longer works"....I mean wot???


September 2, 2016, 11:32 pm

No thanks....dont want watered down vr, the whole package, neo, plus, camera, plus move controllers, plus vr helmet is gonna be around a 1000.00 ....nah, if iam gonna pay that much might as well get the better vr, like vive or oculus

Art Sin

September 3, 2016, 7:04 am

Completely retarded article.

I don't like gimped VR, I like my high end, PREMIUM vr experiences via oculus Rift + touch controllers.


September 3, 2016, 9:13 am

Oh the PC master race are FURIOUS!

Listen to all these little bitches...

Art Sin

September 3, 2016, 12:08 pm

The PC master race usually own ALL consoles too (although, apart from the a handful of Nintendo exclusives they are hardly used and gather dust) . Owning everything, we know the real difference and how much BS this article is.


September 3, 2016, 12:17 pm

I swear I just heard a little bitch whimpering something.

Art Sin

September 3, 2016, 12:30 pm

Must be your momma calling you. . Reading your pointless contribution to the topic she must be calling you to stay off the internet.


September 3, 2016, 12:38 pm

That might be the most cringe-worthy comment I've seen this year.


September 3, 2016, 12:48 pm

All this hate aside, I have never seen an article so dismissive of both the Rift and the Vive. I am certainly excited to try out the PSVR. It should be immediately apparent whether this author is just towing the console line or if the VR experiences that Sony has coming up truly compare to what is being offered. I certainly hope the PSVR is a solid purchase. I certainly regretted my Eye Camera and Move purchases with my PS3.


September 3, 2016, 1:50 pm

Will the PSVR Seem the same fate as the Kinect did.


September 3, 2016, 2:34 pm

Every time I turn on my PS4 it needs an update. Often one that changes the Ts&Cs in very detrimental ways but if I refuse then hardly anything will run.

Doesn't happen with PCs.

Admittedly if you rarely turn your PC on then it will want to do a bunch of updates when you do, but it's rare that anything will refuse to work until you update.

So both machines need updates if you only use them occasionally. I'm guessing you use your PS4 a lot more often than you use your PC which is why you can a distorted view of this.

Sticky Notes

September 3, 2016, 2:50 pm

These comments aren't real. The touch controllers arent even out yet.

Ethan James Trombley

September 3, 2016, 3:18 pm

I have a GTX 1070 Msi gaming X and I'm still going with PS VR. However, not for all the reasons he listed. His first point about space...they are pretty comparable. Adjusting straps everytime? Not really unless your sharing it with others. Comfort, yeah PS VR wins there. Graphical fidelity, we don't even need to discuss this one. All things considered though, my friends will mostly be on PS VR and PS VR is pushing multiplayer a bit more. I think the exclusives will be better for it as well. Is that to say I won't get a Vive? Eventually I will, I have problems with buying every tech lol.

Art Sin

September 3, 2016, 6:02 pm

They have been with developers for months now and the retail ones will be even better.


September 4, 2016, 5:39 pm

Oh! OK! Let me get my wallet out and rush to get a pre-order!!!!!!! What?!!!! On the three waves for pre-orders America only got a combined of 16 minutes. Eight minutes on the first day, for minutes on the second day, and 4 minutes on the third day, and they were finished until launch. Thanks Sony. You gave all the venders in the United States 500 pre-order vouchers combined, and then decided to launch worldwide on the same day instead of staggering the launches to produce enough headsets for people to actually get one.FUNK U SONY!! FUNK U, or at least the Wii U.

alan green

September 5, 2016, 12:49 pm

Terrible biased article. Lists PSVR has better exclusive games and lists RE7 as one of them when it has been confirmed it is on PC/Oculus/Vive too.
Says Oculus has no great exclusives totally ignoring Damaged Core which is getting great reviews.
I'll admit the PSVR looks pretty cool and it looks more comfortable (my rift cv1 gets a bit uncomfortable after an hour or 2, nothing a swift head massage wont sort out)
Then there's the talk of Oculus taking up too much room with too many wires?!?!?
PSVR isn't wireless. It has the same amount of wires?!?!
And what is he talking about when he says PC's update every half second so things dont work when you switch it on??? What?!?!? That's never happened to me, in fact i never notice my PC updating at all as that happens in the background.
I probably use my PS4 once every couple of months and nearly every time I do it says I HAVE to install the latest update to play online or use PSN features.
Also it will be interesting to see how much free stuff is available for PSVR when it arrives. There's loads of small games and tech demos that are entirely free on vive/rift.
I love VR tech and really want all devices to do well. PSVR does indeed look good but this article is written by someone who either doesn't know what he's talking about or he's being paid by Sony.

Tom Synderson

September 5, 2016, 3:41 pm

except you can't preorder it...idiot

James Friedman

October 4, 2016, 8:37 am

Not sure if you were referring o the Rift or the Vive on that long setup. I literally unboxed my rift and set the sensor on my table and that's it. I am positive that PSVR is going to have you run through a setup process more often than not because of the sub-par tracking of the playstation camera. Every game you are going to have to setup before you play like your taking a sobriety test with pink and blue wands in both hands.

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