PlayStation VR isn’t a very good buy in 2021 due to the fact that the hardware is quite dated and because it will most likely be replaced by a new, superior headset in 2022.
Moreover, older PSVR games tend to not look or play significantly better on the PlayStation 5.
Still, PSVR remains one of the cheapest ways to get into VR at the moment, so it just might be worth it for some.
Virtual reality, when it first appeared, was regarded by many as little more than a passing fad – a gimmick that, much like 3D TVs or the Kinect, would stick around for a while and then sink into obscurity like it never even existed, to begin with.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Over the past few years, various tech giants such as Google, Valve, HTC, and Samsung have all invested heavily into VR technology and a variety of VR headsets were released for PC and mobile platforms alike. However, Sony was the only company to offer VR on a console, and that still hasn’t changed in 2021.
So, is the old PlayStation VR headset still worth getting today? How does it fare when hooked up to the PlayStation 5? Will a new headset be released soon? We’ll answer all of that in this article, so read on!
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PlayStation VR Headset – How Does It Hold Up?
When it was first released in 2016, the PlayStation VR headset was quite something. It was significantly more affordable than the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive headsets that were the latest and greatest tech at the time, and it didn’t lag too far behind when it came to the actual hardware specs.
The price alone made it appealing even for some PC users, though it required third party software in order to work on Windows and still lacked full VR functionality since it relied on the PS Camera for motion tracking.
Fast-forward to 2021, and the tech from 2016 just doesn’t seem all that impressive anymore. The headset’s 1080p OLED display doesn’t really hold up when compared to the higher-resolution displays that you’ll find in modern VR headsets, all the while it’s not significantly cheaper to justify that shortcoming.
Add to it the fact that it’s only fully compatible with the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5, and it’s obvious that the PSVR headset simply isn’t as good a deal now that the likes of the Oculus Quest 2 and the Oculus Rift S are in the market.
So, it may not hold up all that well from a hardware standpoint and isn’t a good pick for PC, but what about PlayStation 5 owners? Should they consider getting PSVR?
Is PSVR Worth Getting For The PlayStation 5?
Sony’s new console is finally out, and it is quite something. In between the massive jump in graphics processing power that allows it to maintain a stable 60 FPS in 4K, the ray tracing support, the super-fast SSD, and the 3D audio support, the PlayStation 5 is an amazing console through and through.
One of the many notable features of the new PlayStation 5 is the backwards compatibility, but it doesn’t extend only to games – it extends to the PlayStation VR headset, too. So, how do PSVR games fare on the PS5, and is the old headset worth getting for the new console?
Well, the exact performance varies from game to game. There are no major upgrades when it comes to the visuals in most games, but some titles do look and run better thanks to the PS5’s greater graphics processing power. As you might expect, the loading times tend to constitute the biggest difference when it comes to PlayStation 4 VR games running on the PlayStation 5.
That said, if you don’t already own a PSVR headset and a bunch of PS4 VR games, there’s little incentive to get a PSVR headset now, especially because a new VR headset is bound to come out sooner or later.
PSVR 2 Headset – When Is It Coming Out?
So far, Sony hasn’t officially announced that a new PlayStation VR headset will be released, but it is pretty much guaranteed that we will indeed see one, considering that several high-profile people from Sony were dropping hints about it and seeing as how Jim Ryan all but confirmed in an interview, saying that Sony wasn’t done with VR yet.
After all, the company made great strides when it comes to video game immersion, what with the DualSense’s excellent haptic feedback and the amazing new 3D Audio that you can experience on the PlayStation 5. Add to that the fact that VR could be an important edge over the Xbox Series X which might not get VR support at all, and it’s clear that shelving VR would be a very counterintuitive move on Sony’s part.
Now, what the new VR headset would look like is anyone’s guess. Chances are Sony will try and make it wireless, with a higher-resolution display, and they might add some features that were missing from the original headset such as inside-out tracking.
In any case, there’s little need to speculate about the specifics yet, as we most likely won’t see a new PSVR headset before 2022, at least if we’re going by what Jim Ryan said in the aforementioned interview.
Conclusion – Is PSVR Worth It In 2021?
So, all in all, should you buy the PlayStation VR headset for your PlayStation 5? Well, we would have to say no, at least not unless you can get the full set on a hefty discount and/or with a couple of games included.
The PlayStation 5 still doesn’t have any VR games of its own, the full PlayStation VR set is still relatively pricey in 2021 compared to some other options, and it will most likely be replaced by a superior headset that will not only have a better feature set but will also probably have access to a more extensive library of newer VR titles.
Granted, PSVR is still one of the cheaper ways to get into VR today, so it might still be appealing for PlayStation 5 owners who are itching to try VR out, although the Oculus Quest 2 presents very strong competition at the moment.