Virtual reality is going to see a significant push this holiday season, thanks in part to the Sony PlayStation VR. Part of the reason why VR is having so much trouble being adopted on a mass scale is due to the costly initial investment, as both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive require high-end PC rigs that start at $700 to run. Sony’s VR system has a slight advantage from the onset, due to how there are currently millions of users out there already that currently own a PlayStation – so the investment isn’t going to be as demanding.
We’ve recently just received the PlayStation VR, the $500 launch bundle to be exact, and boy are we excited to see how it’s going to showcase virtual reality. Before we dive into the content and experiences, there’s still the matter of unboxing the package itself – as well as setting it up for the very first time. As we’ve experienced for ourselves already with the two other competing VR systems already, it can turn out to be either a quick or complex one.
In the packaging for the PlayStation VR, it comes with the following items below:
- PS VR headset
- Quick start guide
- Processor unit
- USB cable
- AC adapter (for the processing unit)
- Stereo headphones
- AC power cord (for the headset)
- HDMI cable
- VR headset connection cable
- PlayStation Camera (included in the launch bundle)
- PlayStation Move controllers (included in the launch bundle)
Now, as you can probably imagine, there’s quite a long list of components being dealt here with the PlayStation VR. Come to think of it, having so many components makes it almost as scary as setting up the HTC Vive, but we’re surprised by how relatively smooth things went with the setup process. While it may not be a simple or straightforward as the Oculus Rift’s setup, it’s very close to it.
We opted to place the PlayStation camera above our television set, as opposed to beneath it, just because we feel as though it’ll have a better vantage point when it comes to tracking the headset. Additionally, you’ll need to do some rearranging with your play area if you have furniture in front of your television. In fact, a ‘6’ wide x 10′ long play area is mentioned for an optimal experience. However, once you establish that area, you can bring a chair or seat into it. And finally, they say that you’ll want to turn off any additional light sources behind you as you’re using the PlayStation VR, seeing that it can affect its tracking. We’re curious to see how much it can affect the tracking, but we’ll save that judgment for the review.
All in all, we’ll say that the setup process isn’t too bad. Without the software downloads and updates, the total time needed in getting the PlayStation VR operational is roughly 15 to 20 minutes. We’ll be playing some of the launch games for the PlayStation VR, just to get reacquainted with it and all, so you can expect our review soon! In the meantime, though, you can watch our full unboxing and setup video to see what’s in store for you – that’s if you plan on getting the PlayStation VR, of course.