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
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(Version Tested: PlayStation VR)
+ A Beautiful Design
+ Very comfortable
+ Easy to set up
+ Even the PS4 menu blows your mind
- A lot of cables