Sony PlayStation VR: Essential guide to the hardware, games, release and more

Everything we know about Sony's VR headset - now on sale
PlayStation VR: Essential guide

The PlayStation VR headset has the tech and gaming communities all a quiver as it, along with rivals like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, points towards a huge shift in the way video games are played and a massive virtual reality revolution.

First demoed at GDC 2014 as Sony's Project Morpheus, PlayStation VR is on sale now.

Read on to find out everything there is to know about PS VR.

Update: We've now published our full review of the PlayStation VR review, which should be your next logical destination. We'll be continually revising the feature below as new games and hardware appear before now and the holidays.

PlayStation VR: Release date and price

PlayStation VR costs $399, and hit stores on 13 October 2016 - just in time for Christmas.

The PlayStation VR Launch Bundle was up for pre-order in the States. It packed in the headset, a PlayStation Camera, two Move Motion Controllers, and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds.

Whatever option you go for, you'll get the demo disc in the box and you'll be able to download Playroom VR for free.

PlayStation VR will immediately work with the 46 million PlayStation 4 consoles in homes worldwide, and Sony has signed on more than 230 development houses to create VR content. These studios, range from small indie operations to big names like EA.

PlayStation VR: Getting started

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Obviously, you'll need a PlayStation 4 - that's a given. Take your pick from the original, the Slim or the Pro.

A compulsory item to get it working is the PlayStation Camera. The original PS4 Camera, the square blocky one, will work fine but Sony has also revealed a new curvy model to launch alongside the PS VR headset.

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In terms of controls, your standard DualShock 4 pad will do the job - although there are additional controls if you throw a couple of Move controllers into the mix. Again, Sony is relaunching an old accessory in new packaging for the Move controllers, but your regular old ones from PS3 days will work just as well.

In the box you'll get a connection cable, HDMI cable, USB cable, stereo headphones and a power cord.

PlayStation VR: Hardware

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As mentioned, Sony PlayStation VR will hooks up to the Sony PlayStation 4. Its AMD graphics processor has been built to handle stereoscopic 3D processing. The PS4 Pro should improve things further as the more powerful hardware will enhance Share Play and Remote Play, and enable higher resolution output for media recorded using the Share button.

However, PS VR's integrated display is 1920 x 1080 and does not support 4K output and there are no HDR features.

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Sony has also created a secondary box (the Processor Unit) that connects to the PS4 via USB and HDMI, to handle the specifics of the headset's operation. A nice feature of the box is that it also includes HDMI-out, so you can connect a screen and see what the user's experiencing without any distortion.

Sony has suggested that it could develop a wireless version of the VR headset; Senior game designer Jed Ashforth said the company would "never say never" when questioned about the possibility of a wireless PS VR headset.

PlayStation VR: Audio

When using PS VR you plug in your headphones directly to the headset to make use of the binaural 3D audio. This 3D audio makes it seem like noise is hitting your ears from different directions (including above and below you) and distances, making everything all the more real.

For example, if you hear a creak behind you and to your right in an FPS, you better turn and shoot.

You'll get a pair of in-ear buds in your PS VR box, but we'd recommend plugging in soem decent over ear ones for a much more immersive experience.

PlayStation VR: Design

The consumer edition matches the 2015 Project Morpheus model in keeping its predecessor's Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, but ups it from 5-inches to 5.7-inches, which gives a 100-degree field of vision. It also features RGB subpixels, which help smooth out the image.

A more important upgrade here is to the refresh rate, which runs at a 120Hz instead of 60Hz - higher than both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive's 90Hz. Early games won't natively run at 120 FPS - instead the PlayStation 4's reprojection software will add an extra "tween" every frame to make it feel like they are, but the overall experience should be silky-smooth. PS VR's latency is less than 18ms.

The headset measures in at 187 x 185 x 277 mm and weighs 610g (excluding the cable).

Other additions include an upgrade of the number of head-tracking LEDs on the unit from six to nine, and a halving of latency times, which combine to make lag a thing of the past.

The headset itself is comfortable, with the majority of the unit's weight resting on the top of your head, and it's even usable when you're wearing glasses. There's a quick-release button that makes it easy to get on and off, and it's the only VR headset we've seen so far which doesn't look like it's a climbing accessory.

PlayStation VR: Motion tracking

PS VR uses the PlayStation Camera to provide tracking and is able to locate the back of the head as well as the front so users can look directly behind them.

The camera tracks the VR headset around 1,000 times per second providing a seamless experience.

PlayStation VR: Accessories

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The PS VR Aim Controller was unveiled at Sony's E3 2016 press conference and promises to let you aim and take fire in your immersive world.

It's set to be compatible with new indie FPS title and PS VR exclusive Farpoint, which is described as 'an unnerving space adventure set on a hostile alien world'. There's no news on pricing for the add-on or whether it will land alongside Sony's virtual reality headset in October.

PlayStation VR: Games

Sony has announced a raft of triple A titles at E3 2016 that are set to get the PS VR treatment including Batman Arkham VR, Resident Evil VII Biohazardand Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission.

That joins PlayStation VR demos from the Tokyo Games Show, which included Final Fantasy XIV from Square Enix, Hatsune Miku, Summer Lesson and Danganronpa VR.

Sony also had PlayStation VR on show at Paris Games Week and there were some meaty game announcements including Gran Turismo Sport, Tekken 7 and Robinson: The Journey.

We're expecting more than 50 games before the end of the year, with over 160 titles from 230 developers and software publishers apparently in the works.

In terms of PlayStation VR launch games, these titles are all available now:

Rigs £49.99
VR Worlds £29.99
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood £15.99
Super Stardust £15.99
Hustle Kings £15.99
Tumble VR €9.99

There will be a demo disc in the box with your headset containing 18 games in the US, 10 in Europe.

You can also play your non PS VR games within the headset using the Cinematic mode. This is a feature that presents a virtual screen in front of your eyes, 117, 163 or 226 inches, placed virtually at 6 – 10 feet away from you.


Shop for VR headsets on Amazon

Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift
$599.99
PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR
$399
HTC Vive
HTC Vive
$799
Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR
$97.98

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63 Comments

  • Czader says:

    i wont GTA V in FPS Cameras!!! Why it's not work with?

    • welleven says:

      want ,just want ,all will be decided when have 

    • unix_puppet says:

      Sony's VR is more advanced than HTC and Oculus (with only 90Hz). Sony is 120Hz with OLED. It beat out Samsung VR (cheap device). I am not sure about you all, but using a VR on your Mobile phone while walking around is strange to me. I tried the Samsung VR, it is a little grainy. The Sony, gives a very clear and excellent image while you are experiencing the game play on your PlayStation.

      • Oknitro says:

        You are clearly confused. The Samsung VR is not a competitor to PS VR or oculus rift. Oculus made the Samsung Gear. Its meant for certain Samsung devices. And no one is walking around using it. 

  • shit says:

    Sony prevails once again over Microshit. Xbox should die.

    • yukimasahiko says:

      That shows u never played Xbox at all unlike u I played all of the consoles out so far. Ps4 is a really good console 

      and yet so is Xbox One. Xbox will never die...And as for saying Sony prevails. Then u know nothing about gaming cause actually they are basically copying Oculas Rift. Weather they got permission or not from them they came up with this concept. Sony doesn't get props for being original. But I will still most likely be buying this for my ps4.

      • MuPp3t33r says:

        Occulus Rift did not invent vr headsets, they are a relatively new player in the game. Vr headgear has been around since the 60s, do some research before you flame people.

        • gallant says:

          You are right in facts, but his point are more valid....

      • artee84 says:

        Wow...stole from oculus rift?!? Virtual reality headsets were about in the 90's mate...tool!

      • Peeeta says:

        lol bro, who doesn't copy these days? PlayStation isn't wanting props for being original, but only making VR gaming better. 

    • noo says:

      Microsoft has been doing way better than Sony with every thing and they have the same graphics none better none worse they are the same

      • Frazer says:

        *cough* Upscaled 900p *cough* *cough* Ps4 is native 1080p *cough*

        • unreal says:

          1080p... isn't that late 20th?  And the same as their previous console???  Even my TV does UHD.

      • Oknitro says:

        Ms fanboy

    • unixpuppet says:

      Yes, for sure, Sony PlayStation is better than XBOX ONE.

    • unix_puppet says:

      Sony PlayStation beats Microsoft XBOX One. Now, with the VR experience, it is much better performance while playing games. 

    • unix_puppet says:

      Of course, Microsoft Xbox is going to combine with Windows 10. It is even worst. Windows 10 is releasing customer's personal information. Windows happened to leak out information behalf of the agreement when we first install their services. Well, apparently, Microsoft is drowning themselves. 

  • Sobcheck says:

    You fucking idiot.. Sony isn't copying Oculus with Project Morpheus. VR is a MARKET now, one which many companies are trying to jump on. That's like saying Burger King copied McDonalds because they both sell burgers.. Apparently you know jack shit about gaming or marketing for that matter.

    • DarkWr8h says:

      Burger King copied McDonalds on their Big Mac ( Big King )........ just sayin......

      • Hazydave says:

        POINTS!!!!

        • unix_puppet says:

          100% VR power! 

  • beyondthesoul says:

    I am so excited I just hope you don't have to have the playstation camera to make it work. If you do I hope Sony come out with a bundlewith the playstation camera the morphes. if they don't I will buy a playstation camera and morphes separate.will it be able to run on pc along with ps4?

    • Hazydave says:

      Yes and yes. You need the camera for the head tracking and there was an announcement for a bundle with camera and move controller.

      • loyaloptic says:

        So you can use ut on pc? That would be nice cuz i dont want to have to buy PS VR and Occulus Rift

  • lw2928 says:

    ""And, at GDC 2015 we finally got the launch date news we were after...it's hitting the shops in 2016""
    That's not really launch date news... You've given a 365 day window. We always knew it'd be 2016. NEVER COMING HERE AGAIN...I FEEL LED ON AND GROOMED

    • Wolverine420 says:

      October 2016, I think he said that but in case you are still wondering friend. Projected release date is 10/?/2016

  • Evgenios says:

    The VR is connecting to FIFA 2016?????

  • ron-the-macman says:

    Please let me know when the Sony VR product is for sale.

  • Kerr says:

    I tried the vr headset and it is incredible. London heights was extremely fun. The only thing that I am worried about is the same thing that happened to the move and there is limited games that work on it. It's hard to spend 350+ dollars on something that won't work on AAA titles.

  • labolaas says:

    plz just make this compatible with alien isolation!!!!!!! The leaning is awesome Imagine leaning over and looking around whoo!!!!! Ready for pre order!!!!

  • jed says:

    I would love to get my hands on the vr technology could you please as soon as the date and price is officiall let me know. thanks. 

  • Someguy says:

    Any game can be made to work with Sony vr. After launch I would expect lots of AAA titles to optimize and add vr to their options. Its as simple as using the devkit to change in game cameras and adjusting graphics because it doubles ever trying.

  • Sn1ckl3fr1tz says:

    Hmmm. Buy the 55" 4k 120hz on black friday or save up for playstation vr?!?

  • EpicGamer says:

    No Man's Sky with Stereoscopic 3D enabled + Project Morpheus = the greatest thing ever!

    • EndlessDH says:

      hell yeah i am just waiting for that annoucement

  • megatop44 says:

    Dying Light would be hella dope these I'm definitely going to be in line

  • megatop44 says:

    Dying Light would be hella dope on these I'm definitely going to be in line

  • DeathxAngel27 says:

    The Destiny franchise would probably do better with a very addition I believe

    • EndlessDH says:

      i cannot imagine that, sorry

  • r33m3r says:

    its sad to see this list of games supporting the ps VR....1 where are good horro titles....but what gets on my nerves the most is having warthunder on there as one of the best on the list...yes the game is awesome  and it has been out for alot of years i even play it and got like things like a calliope 50 bucks tank with 60 rocketlaunchers  i know rofl  but the fact playstation needs titles like this to get the damn this sold is beyond disgracefull...vr is virtual reality right not virtual indy games virtual old alrdy out of a year games...and it sure aint virtual kiddy games or things u play on a goddamn smartphone...this needs to get alot better before release...defintately for 399 euro or dollars maybe i should just buy a second console ROFL who came up with that price  like realy a 1080 cellphone screen with a headphone and some motion sensors u got i a 60 euro wireless controler aint worst the price of a full focking console...surely u wont post this

  • dmc2020 says:

    can you have 2 vr headsets on one ps4?

    • Tommy33 says:

      No you can't. unlike this article says the box does not do the VR rendering. The PS4 does it itself so it can't double this.

      The box is only for 3d audio and also to undo the VR rendering to give a signal for your tv to display

  • DemonofRazgriz says:

    They forgot that Ace Combat 7 is supposed to be in VR too. I gotta buy a PlayStation camera, a new charger port for my Dualshock 4, and another HDD... ITS WORTH IT THOUGH!

  • Ana says:

    can you use the playstation 3 camera for the PlayStation vr? 

    • Tommy33 says:

      No you can't. PS4 camera is needed

    • Tommy33 says:

      No you can't. PS4 camera is needed, they are not the same

  • unix_puppet says:

    Sony's VR is more advanced than HTC and Oculus (with only 90Hz). Sony is 120Hz with OLED. It beat out Samsung VR (cheap device). I am not sure about you all, but using a VR on your Mobile phone while walking around is strange to me. I tried the Samsung VR, it is a little grainy. The Sony, gives a very clear and excellent image while you are experiencing the game play on your PlayStation.

  • Fercho_poncee says:

    Can you do other stuff than just game? Or is it strictly gaming?

    • Tommy33 says:

      You can watch movies in theater mode. This gives you a 2d screen that you can look at in 3 diffrent size, so it seems like your in a theater looking at the movie

  • unix_puppet says:

    To be fair, Sony does have a better advantage in the performance, reliability and price. HTC and Oculus VR (90Hz) selling price is quite high, it range above $600. Samsung VR (??HZ) too cheap at $99, and who will wear a VR walking around with their mobile phone. Plus the VR only works for mobile Samsung phones. Sony VR (120HZ) price at $399, evens out the price, being too high or too low. Again, the performance with 120Hz display mode. With better quality on OLED and 4K images on the games they sell on Sony PS4. Excellent design and concept style. It looks great!

    • Tommy33 says:

      Sorry to burst your bubble but no way ps4 or psvr wil display 4k. I ma a sony fan to, but i go by facts not made up stuff. The Neo could possible do 4k but still the VR can't. Just to let you know. Also even though PSVR has bether refresh rate, resolution of the OR and Vive are bether.

      But i tried PSVR and i must admit i thought it was amazing. It exceeded my expectations

  • TrophyHunt says:

    soooooo if you buy the vr headset is the ps camera included or do you need to buy one separately ?I mean you need one to play right. 400euro for ps vr seems a good dal to me but if i have to spend more money on it without buying a compatible game. Then i will reconsider  things or at least wait a while. Anyone answers for me?

    • Tommy33 says:

      You have to buy the camera separately. unless you are from the USA. There is a bundle for 500$ wich include the camera+move controllers+vr worlds and the headset. Also with both bundles wil be a demo disc

  • hopeful_passion says:

    It's so awesome that we have great technology like this around! I would like for the VR headsets to become cheaper although so more people can have access to them.

    Imagine yourself in a Spider Man video game swinging around from building to building and climbing up walls to fighting super villains while making it look like you are Spider Man (aka : Peter Parker) himself!! That would be so amazing. 

    The VR headsets are cool for every game you play! From fighting games to sport games. Imagine yourself as a soccer player or as a football player in the game, wouldn't that be so cool?! Of course it would!! 

    I hope in the future though that we don't need to use the controllers and the game can just sense our movement. If we are punching something or if we are jumping or running the game could sense that instead of using the controllers.

    We should also be able to speak in the game from what ever our mouths want to say and what ever we say it will be said in the game. I also want to be able to choose what I want to do in the game and take control of the game instead of the game telling me what I need to do and it controlling me. I can't wait for the future of virtual reality... I know it's going to be sick!

  • winnyjaye says:

    no matter the arguments between the playstation and xbox they both are great gaming machines and always forever sakes rivals since it use to be sega vs nintendo, their downfall is  they both always suffer the same fate,  too much serious high power gaming which always causes graphic failure in the long run due to imense heat build up, its only a matter of time until someone brings out a totally new concept gaming system and do what playstation did to Sega and nintendo, nintendo played smart by at the time of the fight between the 2 keeping a low profile with their game cube at the same time inventing a totally new way of gaming for the whole family, aka the wii unlike playstation and xbox and their main source being racing, football and war games and now they are both bringing that all to VR? oh well, each to their own gamings 

    • Tommy33 says:

      lol nintendo smart? the game cube was not a hit and that was not their plan. It was more powerfull then the PS2 but Sony just had the bether and more games. They needed to do something else cause they could not follow Sony and MS in the hardware race. And they where lucky the Wii caught on, the WiiU on the other hand was a total failur. They thought they could ride on the same succes. If the NX also fails i don't know how much longer nintendo will stay around. I hope that the NX does bether, competition is need, but if they don't get third party support it will fail again. And both Sony and MS have more then racing, football and war games; but it seems to me your just a nintendo fanboy. It would be the same as me saying nintendo only has mario and zelda, wich is not true.

    • Tommy33 says:

      Also you do know it is nintendo's own fault playstation exist right? That was an other dumb move of them

  • Darci says:

    can the playstation VR be played on the playstation 3?

  • Ginap says:

    If I pre-order the PlaystationVR from the USA will I be able to use it in South Africa???? 

  • brabe01 says:

    Hi - I live in the woods and do not have wifi.  Do you need an internet connection to play?

  • Tan says:

    hi anyone know what could be wrong with what's going on with my installation of the new Ve for ps4. Triple checked all connections and as soon as I load or go to play a game screen goes black and a image of x with a square beside it with an arrow pointing in it with hdmi written underneath comes up with the headset. All connections are correct, can view everything else through it, just not what it's designed for. Help plz. 

  • sane says:

    well im not really a gamer but i have the ps3 and 4, but i don't see me buying the vr ,btw is more expensive than the ps4 console for me thats stupid no to mention there will not be more than a couple games just like 4k content so its not worth It

    • scotieboy says:

      Supposed to be 50 titles on the way before end of year I think.  They are treating it like a different counsel all together and have strict quality standards for game developers. 

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