The advent of virtual reality gaming is upon us. However, new games mean new consoles. Should we choose the PlayStation VR among its competitors?
The arrival of VR gaming in households is a game-changer for a lot of players. After all, the devices themselves require various hardware, software and space requirements. With products such as the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive available – just which is the best bet?
According to IBTimes, the best way to assess these new technologies is through assessing its space, hardware, and connectivity requirements.
Space is a definite requirement given its implications. The VR headset covers the eyes and the speakers’ immerse players in virtual reality. However, there is some unavoidable risk to exploring an area with furniture lying about.
Both the Oculus Rift and the PlayStation devices do not require that much movement around you. They have controllers that will have you do that, but you still need room to move. However, the HTC Vive does require sensors around the room (about 6.5 feet by 5 feet) away from you to map the environment. This gives way for more movement but demands space.
PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift: All in the Specs
However, while gamers are more than willing to allocate space for their games, is the price worth it? That depends on just how much you are willing to spend for the hardware.
None of the headsets are standalone devices, but the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift need a computer in order to work. Getting one will already cost as much as $1,000 – and already owning a PC may need upgrades as well.
Optional controllers such as the Oculus Touch for the Rift will cost an extra $199 for every pair. The PlayStation VR do not need high-end PCs (since it does need a PlayStation 4). However, you need its camera unit and controllers. Getting them will both sell for another $50.
You also need to see if your home is compatible with connectivity requirements. HTC Vive will need all of its infrared sensors to work, which are all above your head. Each will need their respective power supplies.
Good chairs are also needed for the PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift. If you want the added flexibility, you can opt for a wireless keyboard as well – which may cost another $220 overall.
And the games?
The base hardware themselves cost around the $1,000 margin. The HTC Vive already costs $800 and is the most expensive of the three. Meanwhile, the Oculus Rift is $600, while the PlayStation VR costs $400. However, if you will tailor your VR needs to additional hardware (like the PS4 and PCs), then the costs will jump.
The HTC Vive will be at a total of $2,225, the Oculus Rift at $1,838 and the PlayStation VR at $1,099. Given the ridiculous price tag, it seems the games will settle the score.
The games for the three consoles are relatively the same list – after all, there aren’t really many games available for VR right now. However, this means the PlayStation VR is a more practical choice. You can spend more money buying games instead of buying optional hardware.
Either way, exclusive games for the three appear to be more of the genre than the games itself. HTC Vive appears to be the much friendlier platform given its games. VR Funhouse, The Lab, and Fantastic Contraption are famous games that involve minigames and relaxing challenges.
Meanwhile, the Oculus Rift offers more action with Feral Rites, Minecraft and Damaged Core.