VERDICT & RATING
This review’s verdict on and rating of the Sony PlayStation VR system depends on which end of the VR user spectrum you now reside or are inclined to take.
If you are an existing cubicle-, couch-, or swivel-chair centric console game player and you already have a PlayStation 4, then the PlayStation VR gets the nod as your best buy come October 2016 and earns a rating of 9.0 (1 to 10 scale, 10 best). It’s dubious if any company anywhere could have done a better job than Sony has done in cost effectively integrating appealing virtual reality technologies into a several year old game technology platform.
If you are a potential newbie to the entire consumer electronics VR game, experience, and entertainment industry and you’ve got the bucks to invest for the near- to mid-term in the higher end systems that will really get your VR pony galloping, then the PlayStation VR earns a mere 7.0 relative to the visually richer and more immersive HTC Vive and Oculus Rift systems.
As a rather free-roaming, room-scale VR unit, the PlayStation VR — relegated as it is to a very confined space around your cubicle or couch or swivel chair by relatively short wires and subpar positioning technologies compared to the high end VR systems – would earn a thumbs down and a rating of 5.5 compared to the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Considering its massive deployment potential to cost effectively introduce VR to tens of millions of gamers out there, and considering its likely future status as the very first billion-dollar VR platform, the Sony PlayStation VR gets an overall rating of 7.5.
Rating of the Sony PlayStation VR:
- 5 on a 1 to 10 scale (10 = best)
- The expected upgrade to the well rumored PS4.5 NEO processing unit could bring this up to an 8.0
- A simultaneous display upgrade with the rumored PS4.5 NEO processing unit to match the pixel richness of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift would earn an 8.5 rating