We unbox a PlayStation VR

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PlayStation VR has been out for about a month now – and it’s pretty damned good! While it doesn’t have the wand-tracking accuracy of the Vive, it’s a hell of a lot more comfortable and the actual headset tracks beautifully. It also features a 3 sub-pixel RGB display instead of the 2 sub-pixel pentile display in both the Rift and the Vive, so despite a lower overall resolution, it has more pixels and is pretty damned clear.

How do I know this? Well, I’ve been using one for about a week now, trying just about everything I can do in a virtual world. The PlayStation VR is set for release in South Africa on January 24 next year, with an expected (but not quite confirmed) price of around R6999. On top of that, you’ll also need a PlayStation 4 camera and optionally, two PlayStation move wands if you want motion control.

All in, it’s quite expensive, but considerably less than it would cost to buy either the Vive or the Rift. It’s less powerful, but still very capable of driving the sort of immersive experiences you expect from VR. And it all works quite well on a regular, non Pro PS4.

We’ve been trying everything we can get our eyes and hands on, but it’s still early days for the PSVR. We’ll have a review up as soon as we can, along with reviews of the games and experiences we have.

With neither the Vive nor the Rift set to launch in SA any time soon, the PSVR is the only real option. Thankfully, from experience so far, it’s a more than worthwhile one if you’re looking to embrace Virtual Reality.

Last Updated: November 9, 2016

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.

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