PlayStation VR’s features shown off in new video

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For a long time, I’ve been a Virtual Reality sceptic. I tried the Oculus DK 2, and I liked it – though I wasn’t especially blown away. It was only when I tried the PlayStation VR – then called Morpheus – that I started coming around. Since then The Oculus has progressed a great deal, as has its competition in Valve and HTC’s Vive.

The PlayStation VR itself has evolved, and is a far more capable device than when I first used it. I’d wondered for a while how the PS4 would be able to generate decent visuals at the required framerate. You need frame rates of higher than 60fps to avoid nausea, which would be the death knell of any such system. To combat this, the PlayStation VR uses a combination of an external processing unit and the magic of reprojection. While specs of the unit itself aren’t available, the system allows for games and “experiences” to be rendered at 60hz, and then scaled up to 90 or 120hz using an interpolation method called ‘asynchronous reprojection’. The system also allows for native rendering at 120Hz, but I’m not certain we’ll see too many PS4 games hit that target.

Here’re the specs as we know them right now – though they’re subject to change.

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Product name PlayStation®VR
Component Processor unit, VR headset
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 Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Connection interface HDMI + USB
Function 3D audio, Social Screen

The PlayStation VR is out in the first half of next year, and will launch with a wealth of games and “experiences.” It’ll be pricy though, and you’re looking at probably just less than the cost of a console on its own, just for the VR unit. As excited as I am for the prospect of new experiences, the idea of shelling out a couple of thousand Rand for something that could got the way of Kinect is frightening.

Last Updated: November 5, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    Looks like it is right out of Aperture Labs

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      How does it plug into the potato battery though?

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        WITH PORTALS!

        Sheesh, what a noob

        😛

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          HAHAH!!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            😛

  • Trev will be so happy about this. He’s been a staunch supporter of VR for some time now…

    • Hammersteyn

      He should support gaming, buy a PS4.

  • WitWolfy

    I dunno… I’m with Geoffrey on this one. I bought a Kinect last gen thinking it was going to be something revolutionary, where in the end being nothing more then a glorified dancing peripheral.

    • Hammersteyn

      Got the moves like Nelson?

    • I’ve used the stuff, it’s impressive – but I want to assured of long-term support before going broke, y’know?

      • WitWolfy

        I liked using Yoostar 2. That was kinda cool. But thats where it stopped.

  • CypherGate

    Id buy into this with a PS4 only if VR will be going a long way forward and not die out like the Kinect did. I wouldnt want to shell out ±R4500 for VR and then only end up with like 3 games worth playing on it or something.

  • Nikola

    I am interested to see how this works, might end up getting it!

  • HairyEwok

    Price…. OVER 9000!!!!!

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