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Sony PlayStation VR PS4 Review

时间:2018-02-13 16:02来源:www.senvon.com 作者:科讯 点击:
The Sony PSVR virtual headset is an impressive looking device but is it worth adding to the aging Playstation 4? Read on to find out.

I'll admit it, when Sony last year announced plans to release their own virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 -- a five-year-old console -- I was skeptical. 

The announcement left me with several burning questions: first, how would an aging console support such demanding technology? After all, the other two virtual reality offerings, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, required fairly muscular PC systems to run games. Second, would gamers be willing to pay hundreds of dollars -- in fact, roughly the same price as the console itself -- to acquire a virtual reality device from a company, Sony, that's never made any substantial waves in building VR technology? Third, would game developers make titles for a device likely to be marginalized by such a steep price tag or the processing power of an aging console?

PSVR headphones

When Sony's PSVR hardware finally went on sale last fall, these questions left me uneasy about the product and I held off making a purchase. But slowly it became clear that this wasn't just a stunt; in fact, early reviews were surprisingly positive. While many early adopters acknowledged that PSVR games' graphics were demonstrably less impressive than a those on a 4K television, fans insisted that the VR gameplay more than accommodated for this problem. In fact, the overwhelming reaction of PSVR users seemed to be that Sony had just introduced some truly "next level." 

As the positive press regarding PSVR continued to roll in, I finally decided to purchase a unit in early 2017. It took some time, as many stores in my native Southwestern Ontario, Canada, had already sold out. Eventually, thanks to Amazon, I was able to secure one of Sony's PSVR launch packages, which includes the headset, earbuds, move controllers, demo disc, VR World (a game bundle featuring a handful of short VR "experiences" and all the necessary hookups. Total cost, minus taxes: $699 (a whopping $200 more than the price available to Americans).

First Impressions

Out of the package, the PSVR headset is an impressive looking device. Visually, with its white, blue, and black colors, lights that flash on when the device is powered, and outer space aesthetic, it screams Sony -- no gamer would ever confuse this for a Nintendo or Microsoft product. 

Slip the headset on and you'll be surprised by just how comfortable it is to wear. Although it's recommended users take breaks every hour or so, the PSVR headset is comfortable enough to wear for several hours at a time. Of course, this depends on how much you move while wearing it -- keep still and everything should be fine, but the more you move your head, the more likely you'll be to bump up against the lenses, leaving marks that can only be wiped away after removing the headset entirely. 

If there's one major complaint about the PSVR headset's design, it's definitely the fact that this thing isn't wireless. In fact, it packs quite a few wires, with the longest and thickest one reaching from the console to the headset. Generally, this isn't a huge problem -- after all, most of Sony's VR offerings require the player remain seated. However, if you find yourself playing standing or more movement-oriented games, such as Superhot, Holoball, or Arizona Sunshine (all of which I recommended), that wire is going to drive you bonkers at times. Will it cause you to stop playing altogether? Absolutely not. But there's no doubt that the first VR device that effectively does away with the headset wiring will have a huge leg up on its competition, including this version of Sony's PSVR.

Resident Evil 7 PSVR

So, how do the games look and play? Obviously, the answer depends on the game in question, but we can make a few conclusions nearly a year into the PSVR's lifetime. For one, you will notice a significant downgrade in the graphics department, particularly if you've gotten used to playing 4K titles on your PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, or PC. And some games look better than others: several of the titles found on the VR Worlds disc packaged with the launch bundle suffer from bland colors, crude textures, and 90s-ish pop-in. But for every title that looks like garbage, there are at least a few that downright impress, from the masterful Resident Evil 7 (easily the best game available for PSVR right now), to first-person shooter Farpoint (which uses the extremely handy Aim controller), to Dirt Rally.

PS4 Pro or PS4?

When Sony launched the half-step upgrade for PS4, dubbed PS4 Pro there was much speculation that it wasn’t just an Ultra HD upgrade as promised. With at around double the GPU power, how could Pro not offer enhancements to PSVR. Will I get a significant bump in quality if I upgrade my PS4 to the new Pro model before buying a PSVR?

The answer is a resounding no… but maybe in the future? You see, you the added specs Pro provides PS4 really doesn’t add up if the software (game) isn’t designed to take advantage of the extra GPU horsepower Pro offers. So, really just let the game decide. So far, it’s a challenge to see any difference in existing games between how they play on Pro vs a standard PS4. But that’s not to say there aren’t games coming up just around the corner that won’t offer a significant boost to PS4 Pro users.

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