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PlayStation VR review


The PlayStation VR is here and it is a fantastic piece of equipment which seems well built, is comfortable and easy to use.

While there are those out there who seem a bit phased by all the cables and the need to set it up, it's really not that bad, in fact it's probably more difficult taking everything out of the box and unwrapping it. Being a bit of a smarty, or stubborn man, I decided to forgo the instructions and set things up without them. To be honest this was really simple as Sony has put matching symbols on both the cables and processing unit that point to where everything goes. You have two options when it comes to the VR, you can attach the short cable or go for the longer version, which stretches across the room, as you'll see in the video below, I opted for the longer version.

Once you have everything plugged in and are ready to go, you simply hit the power button on the remote unit which is attached to the PlayStation VR and it'll all turn on. Placing the headset on is easy as a small button at the back of the unit allows you to adjust the band to your head. You can then tighten the band up using the adjustment wheel above the button.




When the headset is on you'll likely notice that you will need to update the firmware, this is simple enough and really just follows the steps you would use for updating your PS4. Once that's all done you will then be run through a simple step by step guide in order to help you adjust the headset to the required PlayStation Camera and avoid the screen being blurry. You'll also be taken through steps for setting up the headphones and there is also options if you wear glasses.

One note on the headphones, I actually own the PlayStation 2.0 Wireless headset and these will not work wirelessly with the PlayStation VR, however if you plug in a line-in cable between the Wireless 2.0 headset and the VR remote it'll work perfectly. This same remote also allows you to adjust the volume, mute and power on/off the PlayStation VR.

And that's about it for setting up the headset and getting going.

It has to be said that the PlayStation VR is so comfortable. You can feel the weight of the visor when you are wearing PSVR, but it's a lot lighter than I thought it would be. Also, once set up, the first time you see the PlayStation menu through the PlayStation VR it will blow your mind, I can only imagine what the games look like, although I'll soon find out.

PlayStation VR is certainly a wonderfully designed piece of kit. The headset is comfortable, it is easy to set up and the screen looks clear as day. I've not played any games like I say, but that's about to happen as you read this.

In all honesty, I can already feel it in my bones that PlayStation VR is going to be a game changer.



Words by Joe Anderson
Twitter: @_wotta PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: PlayStation VR)

Pros

+ A Beautiful Design
+ Very comfortable
+ Easy to set up
+ Even the PS4 menu blows your mind

Cons

- A lot of cables

Edited On 13 Oct, 2016

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Turniplord's avatar
Turniplord 2 months ago
Yo, you say wireless headphones don't work - just flat out don't work or won't give the 3D sound? I don't mind not having 3D seeing as you get 7.1 anyway - I dunno where the cable is so was kinda hoping they would work. Not a biggie as I can use my buds if I have to.
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Joe2120 2 months ago
They don't work wirelessly, but if you plug in a line-in cable between the remote and headphone they work perfectly.
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dino72 2 months ago
I'm a bit disappointed that the PS4 headset doesn't work wireless. Do you know the reason why?
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dino72 2 months ago
I don't know where my cable is either as I never thought I'd need it. That's a bit shite if you can't use em wirelessly.
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Turniplord 2 months ago
boooo, will look for my cable later. They should have gave you a cable with VR for doing that. Wonder what their decision behind that was? unless if it was to force you to not use the 7.1 seeing as you can't enable it if they are wired?
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Turniplord 2 months ago
my pc was still connected to an old monitor via a 3.5mm bright green cable - guess that will have to do!
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Joe2120 2 months ago
It's sort of wireless as you don't connect it to the PS4, but the little remote on the PSVR headset, so all you need is a little line-in cable between the two.
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PHILIP 2 months ago
OMG I'm probably the only one excited about this but there is David Attenborough experience coming out for it.... Fantastic
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dino72 2 months ago
Do you sell the line in cables if I can't find mine? Is it a standard cable?
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Turniplord 2 months ago
@dino - you got the sony wireless 7.1 ones? if so, I've not got VR yet but just tried my standard 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable and it works fine into the ps4 pad so that should work fine on the PSVR. Shopto do have some but they are quite expensive (imo) so you may find one cheaper in other places, This is pretty much what I have, but its bright green (old PC cable): http://www.shopto.net/electronics/belkin/WEC30513538-belkin-35-mm-35-mm-1m
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CHRISTOPHER 2 months ago
what headset do u recommend I'm baffled with all this I just got standard that came with ps4
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Turniplord 2 months ago
The PSVR processing unit generates 3d sound via any headphones so the buds you get with it are fine, or if you get any bigger headphones then they will work too - if you wire them to the control unit on the cable
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dino72 2 months ago
@turniplord cheers pal I'll have a look into it. I might still have the box for my headset in the loft so the cable is probably in there. Yeah it's the Sony 2.0. I think they are a pretty decent headset imo. What's your thoughts on it?
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Cheeky Monkey 2 months ago
Are you saying that the PSVR doesn't have any inbuilt sound and you have to wear earbuds or headphones as well?
Turniplord's avatar
Turniplord 2 months ago
@cheeky - yeah, you can have the sound on your TV/Sound system, but the device itself comes with ear buds - has a built in mic though.
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Jason 2 months ago
why would you want to use your tv with vr lol thats not really how its meant to work
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Turniplord 2 months ago
@jason they were querying the sound, that's why I said you can still get sound from the TVs or your sound system (I would imagine). I have a full 7.1 setup in my room so I'd rather just use that than the earphones tbh
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Jason 2 months ago
yeah i know but using your tv for sound with a vr headset would be totally crap you need a headest
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Jason 2 months ago
or something like yoi have
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Cheeky Monkey 2 months ago
@Turniplord: Thanks for the info.
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dino72 2 months ago
@turniplord found my cable pal. So I'm doing my own official unboxing of my vr after tea. Buzzin!!!
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dino72 2 months ago
Hi can anybody help? I'm trying to set up my PlayStation 2.0 headset to vr but it doesn't seem to work. Help!!!
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dino72 2 months ago
Sorted so the last message can be ignored. Thanks

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