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With PlayStation VR, console is “60% more powerful than a similarly specced PC”

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Virtual Reality is coming! It’s also going to be prohibitively expensive. We know that the Oculus Rift is going to cost $599, while HTC and Valve’s own Vive is set to retail for an eye-watering $799. We still have no idea what Sony’s console-bound VR setup, PlayStation VR will cost, but the hope is that it’ll be quite a bit less than the competition.

There is, however, a question of performance. The PlayStation isn’t nearly as powerful as the sort of PC you’ll need to run Virtual Reality applications, which has many wondering if the PSVR will be able to run games well enough. Apparently it’s not something to be too concerned about.

According to Dr.Richard Mark, speaking about the PSVR at the Vision AR/VR Summit last week (in a talk that is now available online), middleware providers have claimed that the PSVR is effectively roughly 60% more powerful than a similarly specced PC. Apparently the PSVR now has very little noticeable screen door effect, and thanks to Sony’s fancy reprojection tech, is pretty gosh-darned smooth.

This all lines up rather spectacularly with another VR developer speaking on Reddit, who said that PSVR is more than capable.

“PSVR is extremely close to being on par with Vive and the Rift w/ a gtx970 based on the tests I’ve done. The team from Epic (Nick & Tom) have also stated the same in at least one of their VR Twitch streams. If your app runs at 90Hz on a PC with a gtx970 then you should be very close to 60 on the ps4. And with the 120Hz reprojection applied it’s glassy smooth.”

Last Updated: February 26, 2016

62 Comments

  1. Pariah

    February 26, 2016 at 14:00

    Cool. So the PS4 douches can now also look the part.

    This may be jealousy talking. Who knows?

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 26, 2016 at 14:07

      I bet it costs more than the console itself

      Reply

      • Pariah

        February 26, 2016 at 14:09

        The console is cheaper than a GTX970. Also cheaper than an Occulus. So, that’s honestly not that surprising.

        Reply

      • Pieter Kruger

        February 26, 2016 at 14:49

        It does BUT you get a 2nd gimped PS4 for processing and stuff that fits neatly on top of your PS4….is it just me or is it getting warmer in here….AND bigger?????????????

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          February 26, 2016 at 14:54

          ???

          Reply

    • Darren Peach

      February 26, 2016 at 15:00

      PS4 shmee es aaaaw. We are all united as gamers.

      Reply

      • Pariah

        February 26, 2016 at 15:01

        Trolling aside, I honestly wish more people would actually realise that. We all love games. Let’s all just enjoy them. Who cares on the how, just enjoy them and share those experiences.

        Reply

        • Darren Peach

          February 26, 2016 at 15:03

          Just remember, When the zombie apocalypse finally comes, We will save the world.

          Reply

          • Pariah

            February 26, 2016 at 15:05

            Reminds me, I need to go buy a chainsaw…

        • Hammersteyn

          February 26, 2016 at 15:04

          I realise it, every time @Admiral_Chief:disqus takes his master race boot of my head because of a cramp or something and I get to see the sun for a few seconds

          Reply

          • Pariah

            February 26, 2016 at 15:06

            Cavemen wear boots? O_O

  2. Viking Of Science

    February 26, 2016 at 14:01

    *cough*Bullshit*cough*

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 26, 2016 at 14:05

      It’s so that they can price it at the same level as the other two.

      Reply

    • Shamoy Rahman

      February 26, 2016 at 23:22

      *cough* More like you’re bullshit *cough*

      Reply

    • RustedFaith

      February 29, 2016 at 16:19

      I agree the bullshit train is starting again comparing these calculators to PC’s. Do you really think VR will make your console faster cause of a onboard cpu you are in for a shock. The limitations of USB will negate any improvements …

      They compare a 60fps low texture 900p with 120hz reprojection console with a 90fps pc rofl!!!!! This is hilarious rofl …

      Yup the bullshit for the PR department runs deep …

      Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    February 26, 2016 at 14:03

    Dr.Richard Mark
    DRM
    uh oh

    Reply

  4. Mistake Not...

    February 26, 2016 at 14:05

    “Hi, sir. May I help?”
    “I’d like a VR device, please. Will this be enough? It’s all I have.”
    http://i.giphy.com/RGJtM8IqQ0VcQ.gif

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 26, 2016 at 14:06

      • Darren Peach

        February 26, 2016 at 15:01

        What movie ? Robocop ?

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          February 26, 2016 at 15:03

          Yes o/

          Reply

          • Darren Peach

            February 26, 2016 at 15:07

            Seriously ? I remember the clip. Robocop was just a wild guess.

        • Sageville

          February 26, 2016 at 15:26

          A moment of silence for this guy…

          Reply

  5. Krabby Paddy

    February 26, 2016 at 14:11

    Lets face it, the pc gamers who can afford VR aren’t going to have a pc “similarly specced” to the PS4.

    Reply

    • Pariah

      February 26, 2016 at 14:14

      There is that as well.

      Reply

  6. Pieter Kruger

    February 26, 2016 at 14:25

    Doesn’t the PS4 Morpheus comes with a 2nd gimped PS4 to help with processing?

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    • konfab

      February 26, 2016 at 14:33

      Not too sure it would be that powerful, but it probably would be more powerful than a Wii-U

      **runs**

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      • Pariah

        February 26, 2016 at 14:35

        My calculator is more powerful than a Wii-U.

        *runs past you*

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      • Pieter Kruger

        February 26, 2016 at 14:38

        So the 1 PS4 Morpheus plus the 2nd gimped PS4 is 60% more powerful than a PC with the same specs as a single PS4? I’m confused….????

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        • konfab

          February 26, 2016 at 14:41

          No. They basically said that consoles use the hardware 60% better than a PC, without the extra processor.

          VR would gimp that, so that is why they opted for an extra processor.

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          • Pieter Kruger

            February 26, 2016 at 14:44

            So it’s probably more than 60% then? Impressive! Why not just use the 2nd processor to reach 4k on PS4 then without Morpheus?

          • konfab

            February 26, 2016 at 14:52

            The processor is configured to do one thing and that is to do the warping required for the VR.
            It doesn’t do any rendering.

          • RustedFaith

            February 29, 2016 at 16:26

            Processors never did rendering on consoles ? I dont understand your statement ?

    • Sageville

      February 26, 2016 at 14:52

      A 2nd gimped console to help processing?

      BREAKING: Microsoft in negotiations with Sony to supply Xbox Ones as part of Project Morpheus…

      *Runs / Skips / Trololololo

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      • Pieter Kruger

        February 26, 2016 at 14:53

        Maybe that can save the Xbox One??ROFL! Amiright?

        Reply

      • Pariah

        February 26, 2016 at 14:55

        LATEST: Sony rejects deal due to power brick being too large for practical in-home usage. Says they would reconsider for industrial applications.

        Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        February 26, 2016 at 14:58

        LOOOOOOL!

        Reply

      • Spathi

        February 26, 2016 at 15:20

        Oh my soul that’s funny!

        Reply

  7. Ryanza

    February 26, 2016 at 14:33

    If the VR screens are just centimeters from the eyeballs, how much resolution do you really need. And that is why consoles can handle VR.

    For PC VR you will need to hook up a 27″ screen to each eyeball.

    Reply

    • Pariah

      February 26, 2016 at 14:34

      Earnest question: do you read what you type before you press enter?

      Reply

      • Ryanza

        February 26, 2016 at 14:36

        You actually read what I type after i hit enter.

        Reply

        • Pariah

          February 26, 2016 at 14:37

          Sometimes.

          Reply

          • Ryanza

            February 26, 2016 at 14:41

            You don’t have to read it. Makes me think about what happened to my library card. Oh yes I just read what I want to read now a days.

          • Pariah

            February 26, 2016 at 14:42

            sometimes
            adverb

            occasionally, rather than all of the time.

            “sometimes I want to do things on my own”

            synonyms: occasionally, from time to time, (every) now and then/again, every so often, (every) once in a while, on occasion, on occasions, on the odd occasion, at times, off and on, at intervals, periodically, sporadically, spasmodically, erratically, irregularly, intermittently, in/by fits and starts, fitfully, discontinuously, piecemeal; rareinterruptedly

            “he sometimes talks nonsense”

          • Ryanza

            February 26, 2016 at 14:47

            I think that is why YOU didn’t like the comment in the first place.

          • Pariah

            February 26, 2016 at 14:50

            Because I have both a vocabulary and a good understanding of grammar, language, syntax and general common sense? Sure, I’ll take that.

          • Ryanza

            February 26, 2016 at 14:55

            Yes and YOU want to read comment to go with that. But I don’t do that. Not to say I can’t but I like that I can do these stupid ass comments. And just because YOU don’t like it, doesn’t mean can’t do them. It’s just not for you.

            https://45.media.tumblr.com/f464e9da91d3b29e2567a14af6e50c21/tumblr_nwl1ikrDHR1s1rgwoo1_540.gif

          • Pariah

            February 26, 2016 at 14:56

            I finally understand why you like Geralt so much. You’re as one dimensional as he is.

            Well, that was enlightening. Thanks 🙂

          • Ryanza

            February 26, 2016 at 14:58

            thinking outside of one’s own box will always lead to enlightenment.

    • Pieter Kruger

      February 26, 2016 at 14:39

      NO!, the glue again???

      Reply

      • Ryanza

        February 26, 2016 at 14:43

        when ever i need glue i have to look for it and then end up going to buy it again. We not all privileged to have drawers with just glue in them

        Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 26, 2016 at 15:03

      • Pariah

        February 26, 2016 at 15:05

        lmao

        Reply

  8. Commander Admiral Chief

    February 26, 2016 at 14:33

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight

    Reply

  9. Pieter Kruger

    February 26, 2016 at 14:54

    Oh neato, I’d buy that just for the cool maracas…..

    Reply

  10. Najeeb Shah

    February 27, 2016 at 12:09

    Console gaming is expensive , FACT , in 3 years time your console will cost your thousands in games , PC gaming is very cheap mainly due to steam , Sales go all year around , Games are on 10-15% sale on launch , A 1000$ pc will last you a good 4 years on high settings considering my GTX 670 can run most games on high at 1080 and its almost 4 years old now and this was a 750$ pc i7 2700k ,12gb ram , a simple gigabyte mobo , 3tb space , gtx 670 and a 750w supply , i have 217 games on steam most bought on 70% or more sales

    Reply

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