Sony Playstation PSVR Virtual Realty Experience Arrives This Week: What Does it Mean for VR?
Sony’s PSVR Virtual Reality will be available to the world starting this Thursday, bringing another huge leap forward to the VR community amidst Google’s recent announcements about it’s Daydream platform and hardware.
One of the most significant things about the PSVR Virtual Reality experience is that unlike Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or other HMD’s which need the processing power of a robust computer to run, PSVR works with your existing Playstation 4 console. According to Wired, over 40 Million have sold since the launch several years ago. That is a huge built in addressable market and we’re excited at SpaceoutVR to see advances that make Virtual Reality experiences more available to the world.
Another thing that is exciting is the schedule that Sony has planned for PSVR content. There will be tons of gaming expereinces available right at launch from major developers like Harmonix, Valve and others. Because the console is instant;y connected to the Playstation Store, not only is PSVR launching, but also a huge new distribution channel for Virtual Reality content. SpaceoutVR has plans to work on our own experience for PSVR in 2017.
The Playstation PSVR starts at a fairly competitive price of $399 and while the specs aren’t as highly detailed as an HTC Vive or Oculus experience powered by a PC, Sony has plans to release tons of content along with launch. Here are some of the most important specs for the PSVR headset as announced by Sony:
- Product Name PlayStation®VR
- Release Date October 13, 2016
- Display Method OLED
- Panel Size 5.7 inches
- Panel Resolution 1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye)
- Refresh Rate 120Hz, 90Hz
- Field of View Approximately 100 degrees
- Sensors Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
- Connection Interface
- VR headset: HDMI, AUX, Stereo Headphone Jack
- Processor unit: HDMI TV, HDMI PS4, USB, HDMI, AUX
- Processor Unit Function 3D audio processing, Social Screen (mirroring mode, separate mode),
Other than this, there is not much detail about the system’s specifications. The initial reports on the 5.7-inch OLED display mention that the experience and resolution is nothing like Oculus or HTC Vive. There also isn’t much info yet on the motion sensors embedded in the headset that help a Playstation PSVR Camera track it in space or an external processor that helps display your VR experience on the TV, which simultaneously allows non-VR players to play alongside a PSVR user.
In the meantime, if you aren’t a Playstation owner, don’t plan on getting PSVR, but want to dive into VR experiences right away, there are a number of great mobile VR experiences available right now. Download Spaceout.VR for iOS or Android which you can access for free using your smartphone. Pair it with the SpaceoutVR Premium Virtual Reality Viewer for the ultimate, immersive mobile VR experience.
Overall, it will be interesting to see what the future has in store for PSVR. What we’re most excited about is simply that so many more people in the world will learn about VR and have access to it. Even if Sony’s first leap into VR needs improvement, the whole space at large is new with many more exciting years of innovation and growth to come.