PlayStation VR

A virtual reality (VR) headset by PlayStation for a comfortable and fully immersive virtual gaming experience.

Specifications

Display5.7in OLED
Resolution1920 x RGB x 1080 (960 x RGB x 1080)
Refresh Rate120hz, 90hz
Field of ViewApprox. 100 degrees
MicrophoneIntegrated
SensorsAccelerometer, gyroscope
ConnectionHDMI, USB
Headset Dimensions187×185×277 mm
Weight600g
Processor unit Dimensions150 x 39 x 114mm; 300g
Processor Unit Function3D audio processing, Social Screen (mirroring mode, separate mode), Cinematic mode

Overview

Virtual reality has the power to create simulated environments through computers. It is capable of improving efficiency in industries like education, training, and therapy as it provides better outcomes for a fewer cost. And while VR headsets can also deliver a fully immersive gaming experience, they often require an expensive gaming computer to run. Aside from not enough games or content, most people cannot use VR for extended sessions as most would feel disoriented for more than 1 hour of usage.

Sony offers a virtual reality system through its PlayStation VR (PS VR). The experience requires a PlayStation console rather than an expensive gaming rig. It uses move- and camera peripherals that leverage existing PS technologies. It can be used as a Seated VR or a Standing VR with its positional tracking feature.

 The balanced and comfortable PS VR headset is completely adjustable. The lens distance from the eye is also adjustable, allowing interpupillary distance adjustment. The external processor provides an immersive 3D audio experience, levitating the illusion of reality in the virtual space. Moreover, one user can play using the PS VR headset while another uses the PS controller for playing a game on the TV—allowing friends to use a single PS4 simultaneously.

Design

OLED Display

PSVR has a 5.7” OLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz or 90Hz at a resolution of 1920 x RGB x 1080 (960 x RGB x 1080. It has a field view of ∼100 degrees and a 360-degree vision. This custom OLED screen and its smooth 120 fps visuals completely immerse players in the game.

3D Audio and Built-in Mic

The 3D audio technology offers a new dimension to sound, where a user can pinpoint the sound’s direction and distance. The device also has a built-in mic for chatting with friends, discussing game tactics, and strengthening the overall immersion into the virtual world.

PlayStation Camera

PS VR has dual lenses and sensors with 3D depth, tracking the locations of the headset, the PS Move controller, and the wireless controller DUALSHOCK 4 at every angle. These cameras work for accurate one-to-one tracking while replicating VR actions for incredible immersion. PS VR recommends a 9.8 x 6.2 ft measurement with the PS camera position about 2 feet away.

Precision tracking

PS VR has 6 degrees of freedom for head-tracking. The PS camera tracks a total of 9 LEDs located on the front, back, and sides of the headset to ensure accuracy in pinpointing locations from all over the room. The device boasts Sony’s Sixaxis, a motion-sensing technology composed of a three-axis gyroscope and accelerometer.

VR supported Games

PS VR supports games in the new PS5 by simply connecting it to the PS5 console. It also enjoys backward compatibility as PS VR can play a back catalog game on a PS5 console. Players can further enjoy selected PS VR games with smoother frame rates.

Controller

PS VR’s wireless DUALSHOCK 4 gives a new dimension to PS4 precision control as it is compatible with every game. It also tracks the light bar to enhance the in-action movement.

The PlayStation Move motion controller, positioned in each hand, gives more depth as players take full control of the VR world. It furthers immersion by mimicking real-world actions to provide a more compatible presence in VR games.

Meanwhile, the PS VR aim controller, engineered for compatible game shooters, delivers precise aims and haptic feedback.

Whereas for improving immersion by feet, the 3dRudder motion controller grants full movement freedom for traveling the virtual world. When seated, placing the feet on the controller and tilting them towards the desired direction allows the user to stop and turn in an instant.

Mirror Mode

The mirror mode lets family and friends see the user’s experience by projecting the virtual world on a TV screen.

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References

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Wevolver 2022