Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is preparing to launch the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD) later this year. Many gamers across the globe are eagerly anticipating the launch, but out there on that worldwide web there’s a lot of misinformation circulating. With that, VRFocus thought it was about time someone laid out the facts as we know them.
Originally unveiled at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) back in 2014, then known as ‘Project Morpheus’, the HMD was showcased with numerous technical demonstrations and full videogame experiences. The likes of Square Enix’s Thief and Sony Liverpool Studios’ Castle Demo showed the possibilities of PlayStation VR, while CCP Games’ EVE: Valkyrie and The Deep (subsequently announced as part of the PlayStation VR Worlds compilation) offered the first glimpses of the HMD’s launch line-up.
Since then, numerous developers have jumped on-board with the device and new titles are being announced for PlayStation VR nearly every week. The hardware itself however, has seen significant changes under the hood in the past two years without too much alteration to the external aesthetic. The official specifications of the final consumer version of PlayStation VR were announced last year, with all the important numbers and information as follows:
PlayStation VR Technical Specifications
Product name: PlayStation VR
Product code: CUH-ZVR1 series
- VR headset: Approx. 187×185×277 mm (width × height × length, excludes largest projection, headband at the shortest)
- Processor unit: Approx. 143×36×143 mm (width × height × length, excludes largest projection)
- VR headset: Approx. 610g (excluding cable)
- Processor unit: Approx. 365g
Display method: OLED
Panel size: 5.7 inches
Panel resolution: 1920 x RGB x 1080 (960 x RGB x 1080 per eye)
Refresh rate: 120Hz, 90Hz
Field of view: Approximately 100 degrees
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope
Connection interface: HDMI, USB
Processor Unit function: 3D audio processing, Social Screen (mirroring mode, separate mode), Cinematic mode
To the many technically minded readers here at VRFocus, the above specifications paint quite a picture. For many however, the above list is simple a series of numbers that pale in importance compared to the actual experiences the PlayStation VR can offer. Showcased so far have been a wide and varied selection of videogames unique to PlayStation VR and through the links below you can find out which are the most highly recommended titles coming at launch, which teams are working on creating PlayStation VR titles and when you can get your hands on them.