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VR vs. Timings

There's a new version of PlayStation VR coming, and the announcement has VRFocus' Kevin Eva scratching his head.

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freshslicepizza356d ago

They improved the headset by adding HDR passthrough, which was a pain for older owners who wanted to use HDR. All hardware gets improved over time. What Sony should do though is lower the price like the others have done to help VR become more mainstream.

Neonridr356d ago

yeah, the HDR passthrough is a welcome addition for those who have yet to buy it. Frustrating that I can't just keep my processing box plugged in all the time. Revisions are to be expected, but usually they are small revisions to help keep costs down or larger revisions when it's a new model being introduced. A bit sad that they are fixing an oversight and leaving us early adopters out in the cold.

freshslicepizza356d ago

Could they even fix it through a software update?

Neonridr356d ago

I think it has something to do with the newer processing box using different HDMI ports. Say 2.0 instead of 1.4 or something like that.

Goldby356d ago

different cables on the new updated VR

Neonridr355d ago

@goldby - I have a hard time understanding what they mean by that. I figure the headset cables must use different plug styles or something on this newer headset. Since the back of the processing box is a USB and 2 HDMI ports which obviously cannot change.

inStereo354d ago

Moldybread - the answer is no. It's a hardware dealie, having to do with the HDMI connectors.

Goldby354d ago

@Neon,

most likely a different plug set up.

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generic-user-name354d ago

"What Sony should do though is lower the price like the others have done to help VR become more mainstream."

The others lowered their prices in the hopes of matching Sony's success with PSVR. Sony launched with a price that is currently helping VR become mainstream. And Sony still have the most affordable VR headset yet you'll only praise the other 2 for lowering theirs.

No surprise there though.

freshslicepizza354d ago

I bought my Oculus for $399 during the Oculus Summer deal. It came with the headset, 9 games and two sensors plus the best controllers out there (Touch). So splease share with me why PSVR is the better deal.

Aggesan353d ago

@moldybread That really is a great deal, congratulations! Still, people want plug and play products like Playstation and PSVR. They could dump the prices to next to nothing for the PC VR headsets, and it still wouldn't match PSVR sales.
Also, going forward I think it'll only get worse for PC VR as the market gets even more fragmented and confusing with the literal flood of new headsets coming to PC.

Got a Playstation and want VR? Get a PSVR. Easy, no confusion, one market place, one community, one ecosystem.

generic-user-name354d ago

So a temporary offer that is now over is your answer?

I already owned the camera and the moves because Sony decided to reuse the tech from both in order help make VR more mainstream. So I paid 399 at launch and I was ready to go, didn't need to wait for a random sale to pop up. Maybe they will lower the price when it stops exceeding their sales expectations.

freshslicepizza354d ago (Edited 354d ago )

It's easy to hit your sales target if they are low (waits for XB1X sold out headlines as a rebuttal) and I didn't feel the need to jump in right away with such a lackluster library. No wonder Microsoft is taking their time. Personally I think it was a big mistake using Move controllers, as we can see by the terrible feedback Skyrim VR is getting. I'm currently enjoying Project Cars 2 which of course comes with FULL VR immersion at no additional cost.

generic-user-name354d ago

"It's easy to hit your sales target if they are low"

Yeah, makes Vive and Rift look even worse when you put it that way.

"Personally I think it was a big mistake using Move controllers, as we can see by the terrible feedback Skyrim VR is getting."

Ah yes, use an unreleased game as an example because it's demo included only one way to use the Moves (oh and let's act like you can't use a DS4 in Skyrim too). Move controllers kept the cost down, make up your mind, should Sony be making VR more affordable or making more expensive controllers, it's almost as if nothing Sony does is right in your eyes, almost as if you have an anti-Sony bias and are famous for it on n4g.

"I'm currently enjoying Project Cars 2 which of course comes with FULL VR immersion at no additional cost."

Oh cool, a racer, I've already got Driveclub and Dirt for that on PSVR. I've been enjoying RE7 which of course comes with FULL VR immersion at no additional cost. You should be hyped for it to come to Rift, you'll finally have a AAA VR game in your library then.

freshslicepizza354d ago

Lone Echo is a highly polished title from Oculus but hey, let's reward Sony yet again for gobbling up another timed exclusive deal. Oculus also came with 9 games including another highly polished title Robo Recall. What games do you get with PSVR?

Driveclub was released for PSVR with an additional cost and lowered settings with less cars onscreen. Dirt also came with an addiotonal cost which was a free upgrade on the PC. Project Cars 2 has full VR unlike what we can expect from GT Sport.

So to think PSVR is affordable is really a stretch here considering how much cheaper Vive and Oculus are now with its price drops, way more free offerings with software, and no additional online fees to play others.

However I do want PSVR to do well so that VR in general does well. But making deals with third party is not pushing VR, it's pushing PSVR and PS4 sales. Meanwhile Sony is not investing in VR as much as they ought to with their own studios. This is not how the leader in VR sales should be promoting themselves but then again this whole generation is all about Sony being properous at the expense of their competitors.

generic-user-name354d ago

Note your use of the words 'highly polished' rather than AAA because you don't got AAA. You want highly polished? Play Sparc, Statik, Rush of Blood, London Heist, RiGS, Starblood Arena, Farpoint and the free Playroom VR.

Maybe if Sony were struggling as badly as Rift then they'd be forced to offer 8 free games with a purchase too in order to boost sales. Especially as the PSVR library is only going to get more robust in the next few months with The Inpatient (prequel to the excellent Until Dawn), Skyrim, Bravo Team, GT Sport, Ace Combat 7 and Moss.

Sony are doing a stellar job of attracting exciting VR games to PSVR. And we still don't know what their own studios are working on, London Studio in particular and possibly even Sucker Punch seeing as nobody knows what they are making.

generic-user-name354d ago

"but then again this whole generation is all about Sony being properous at the expense of their competitors."

Hahaha, right? It's almost like they are a business or something.

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