Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sony's Vr: A Better Experience for Less

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sony's Vr: A Better Experience for Less

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The wait is over for PlayStation VR. Sony's newest device that brings virtual reality into consumers' homes is ready to connect to all PlayStation 4 home consoles.

The concept of virtual reality still might be a tough sell. It's difficult to describe the full effect of the experience until someone actually puts on the device that looks like it's straight out of a science-fiction story, but Sony is hoping what it considers PSVR's low price will pique consumers' interest.

PSVR's chief competitors, the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, are more expensive. The Rift and Vive cost $600 and $800, respectively, and both of those headsets require high-end PCs to play them. PSVR requires a $300 PS4 system, and the headset itself starts at $400, although the $500 bundle includes everything that consumers will need to get started.

Still, Sony's VR headset costs more than the PS4 it requires. virtual reality, in general, is an enthusiast product.

PSVR is for those who already play video games who are looking for a new kind of gaming experience. The headset and its games can transport players to deep sea exploration, behind the wheel of a car after a bank heist or under the mask of Batman. Virtual reality creates a sense of immersion that isn't possible in a standard gaming experience. PSVR achieves that regardless of its price point.

A gimmick such as virtual reality will only ever be as good as the software that can be played on it. Similar gaming devices such as Microsoft's Kinect and Sony's attempt at motion controls with the PlayStation Move died, in part, because there wasn't any support for them. Nobody wants a gaming device that doesn't have any games.

Fortunately, PSVR launched with a solid lineup of titles. It has simple adventure games for people trying virtual reality for the first time, licensed games such as "Batman Arkham VR," scary horror thrills and goofy virtual reality playgrounds such as "Job Simulator. …

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