You won’t be doing too much standing around. That’s the word from new documentation released about PlayStation VR. Certain games might be designed around you standing, but the PlayStation VR brochure stresses to “remain seated whenever possible.”
“If an application requires you to stand while wearing the VR headset, follow the application instructions carefully, and maintain awareness of your surroundings,” reads the brochure.
Translation? Falling through your coffee table is on you.
The folks at PlayStation recommend clearing out a space equal to about 60 square feet. Basically, put the coffee table and end tables away while you’re playing PlayStation VR.
Grey areas in the image above show the areas covered by the PlayStation camera. The height of the camera will determine the height of the coverage. So, that’ll be something to keep in mind when setting up PlayStation VR.
Based on the ‘Play Area’ and Sony’s own recommendations, don’t expect too much software that gets you off the couch/chair.
Try VR before you buy
I can’t stress this enough. Hell, even Sony recommends trying it before you buy it. You need to make sure you like PlayStation VR before you drop $400 on it. You should be able to find a Best Buy or GameStop near where you can try it.
The last thing you want is a $400 nausea-inducing headset. Now, your body will need to adjust to it. So don’t write it off after the first few minutes of use. Give yourself 20 or 30 minutes to see if you like it. And sorry kids. If you’re under 12, PlayStation doesn’t want you using it.
Did You Know: PlayStation VR includes a ‘Cinematic mode.’ Want a theater-like experience without leaving home? Cinematic mode creates a screen up to 226 inches from 2.5 meters away.
PlayStation VR quick-guide
Price – $399.
Release date – October 13th.
Resolution – 960×1080 in each eye.
Refresh rate – 120Hz or 90Hz.
Field of view – 100 degrees
Panel size – 5.7 inches, OLED
Launch games – 50 with 230+ developers creating content for PlayStation VR.
We heard all about the promise of VR. Now, we see companies fulfill that promise. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are out in the wild, and PlayStation VR will soon join it. We’ll see if a more attractive price point of PlayStation VR can give the VR industry an extra push. I plan on heading to a Best Buy next week to see what it’s like.
Have you tried PlayStation VR yet? Did you like it?