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Just picked up the PlayStation VR yesterday and all I gotta say is, WOW! I thought it would be more of a gimmick then anything, but now I say it is well worth the $350. A real game changer. I got the 2nd gen version with Skyrim. Haven't played that yet. The demo disk alone is worth the price of admission. Looks frickin' amazing. Yeah, there was one game that gave me alittle motion sickness, but all in all, highly recommend.

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Skyrim is awesome. A bit blurry but they’ve got a graphics patch out now (I haven’t played in a bit) but actually being in Skyrim is just awesome :)

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My brother and I do plan on trying it out. If its as good as everything else, then I sure it is awesome.

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Most people who get it seem to have a similar reaction. You really have to try it to see how amazing it is. (I'm sure it's the same for PC-based systems; this is more a general modern-day VR thing, not specific to PSVR.)

 

There are a lot of great games for PSVR; you're not going to run out of stuff to do. Definitely a worthwhile purchase. I thought it was worth it even at $500 (what my wife paid for it at launch).

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If you haven’t got it yet I also highly Recommend Farpoint with the Aim gun. Resident Evil is also great. And if you have a Chinese account (I have US, European, Hong Kong and Chinese on my PS4 lol) then the Kill X preview is incredible:)

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Wipeout is must own if you aren't prone to motion sickness

 

Download the free stuff like Playroom VR and Rec Room (looks like a Wii game, but it's a social space that keeps expanding what you can do

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With all the Llamasoft stuff coming soon, I'm somewhat haltingly in the market for a used PSVR ...

 

am I right in my perception that I'm not going to get a full setup for under $200 at this time? I see lots of broken pieces on Ebay, as well as bundles that have more than what I need.

 

I know I'm not going to use it enough to justify paying full price or what you enthusiasts paid when it was new.

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With all the Llamasoft stuff coming soon, I'm somewhat haltingly in the market for a used PSVR ...

 

am I right in my perception that I'm not going to get a full setup for under $200 at this time? I see lots of broken pieces on Ebay, as well as bundles that have more than what I need.

 

I know I'm not going to use it enough to justify paying full price or what you enthusiasts paid when it was new.

You need the headset and the camera at minimum. There have been good sales recently, I got my headset for $185 and I already had a camera. Not sure if the llamasoft games use Moves, but I'm guessing they wouldn't. People always say you need the moves, but I find the games I play most often work with the DS4, and I don't use the moves all that often. Mostly for Rec Room and Job Simulator.

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I have a camera and I've seen two different versions of a stand-alone headset. The headset appears to need proprietary cables and maybe a little processing box.

 

I guess I'm waiting for the "too cheap to ignore" bundle at my impulse price point.

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@Flojo I bought a bundle on sale without doing a lot of research about it. Here's the Amazon review I wrote that may help. https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R31ZMQO5UUW12A?ref=pf_ov_at_pdctrvw_srp

 

 

 

Sure 5 stars, why not. This is one of the many PSVR bundles available. I was holding off buying PSVR, but I found out about a coupon code for this specific bundle and decided to get it. Note that the bundle is pictured in a very nice box that seems to come with both the VR headset and the camera included. However, I received two different shipments. One shipment had the headset and the other shipment had everything else I ordered including a separate retail boxed version of the PS camera.

The Move controllers don't come with this bundle. You can use PS3 move controllers you already have or buy them new from Amazon. At the time of writing this, 2 brand new PS4 branded move controllers are about $78 on sale. I believe there is also a bulk or "white box" type option for less. You should note that it seems games that require the Move controllers often require 2, so don't expect to get away with having just one.

This bundle only comes with demos. It does not come with any games. Based on other Q&A on Amazon, I expected there to be some free full games included, but there are NOT. I did automatically get a game called The VR Playroom once I plugged in and turned on the PS4 with the headset attached.

I did only a little research about PSVR before buying, so I was kinda surprised at the amount of setup required. The headset comes with an external "processor unit" that is about the size of 3 CD jewel cases stacked on top of each other. This spidery thing has 6 wires coming out of it that connect to a power supply, your TV, the PS4, and the headset. The headset itself is wired via a nice sturdy cable. It is small and flexible but you will notice the fact that you are tethered when you are playing.

The experience is visually excellent, and the device does what it claims. Your living room and that couch you are sitting on transform, and you are transported to a new place. Will you play this as much as that copy of No Man's Sky you bought last year? Probably not. Get this to experience the edge of a new gaming fad and enjoy it for what it is.

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I have a camera and I've seen two different versions of a stand-alone headset. The headset appears to need proprietary cables and maybe a little processing box.

 

Yes, it's a full system. If you see a headset without the box or cables, that's not going to do it for you. You need, at minimum:

 

1) Headset

2) PS Camera

3) Processor box

4) Processor box cable to headset (proprietary cable, not sure you can even buy it separately)

5) Processor box cable to PS4 (it's USB on one end but not sure about the other, probably proprietary)

6) Processor box power supply

7) Two high-speed HDMI cables

 

You also need the cable coming from the headset that plugs into the processor box cable dongle, but I think that might be permanently attached (I don't see an obvious way to detach it, but at least on version 1, the end is kind of hidden so I'm not sure).

 

If you have the camera, you still need the processor box and all the stuff that goes with it. ie. don't just buy a loose processor box either; you will never get the cables or power supply (unless someone broke a system up to sell parts at no doubt wildly inflated prices, because why else break up a set?)

 

I'd really recommend the Move controllers also, but they're not 100% necessary. And a set of headphones that provides 3D positioning. I tried to use regular headphones with mine but they didn't work very well; not only didn't I get positional sound, but more importantly the sound kept cutting out and random weird glitches would pop up in games. I think the system really expects and wants you to use 3D headphones made for PSVR. The bundles come with a set of crappy earbuds, but I ended up buying a $50 set of headphones that clips to the headset and has a cable just long enough to plug in to the port on the headset cable, which makes it look and work more like it should have to begin with.

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I honestly don't think it is a game changer "yet." The motion sickness is real, the visuals are reduced and the setup is kinda fragile. I think this will be more ready for the living room in the next generation, but for a game geek who works for a living, it is a pretty neat thing to experience.

 

Skyrim VR is the full game which was surprising. That could be both disappointing and exciting. If you wanted a new VR experience with original content within Skyrim then you didn't get it. However, if you wanted to experience the original game in VR then you got it. I have to use the teleportation movement and the move controllers as the dual shock method triggers the sickness for me, but I am still really enjoying it. Definitely a unique experience to have from this generation of gaming.

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I haven't had any real motion sickness, and that includes playing while drunk!

 

Some people seem prone to it, others aren't. I think it's like other forms of motion sickness. I don't get motion sickness in any situation.

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I have a camera and I've seen two different versions of a stand-alone headset. The headset appears to need proprietary cables and maybe a little processing box.

The headset will come with the box and cables, (if it is a new in box one anyway)

 

There are two versions of the headset. The first, v1 is more common but doesn't pass through HDR signals if you have an HDR TV.

The v2 fixes that.

 

I don't have an HDR TV, so I bought a v1, for much less money.

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The experience is visually excellent, and the device does what it claims. Your living room and that couch you are sitting on transform, and you are transported to a new place. Will you play this as much as that copy of No Man's Sky you bought last year? Probably not. Get this to experience the edge of a new gaming fad and enjoy it for what it is.

Awesome review.

 

Yes, it's a full system. If you see a headset without the box or cables, that's not going to do it for you. You need, at minimum:

There are so many loose bits and bobs on eBay, the only way I will feel confident about getting the whole thing is going to be a boxed set. So, money. And it's so fussy and wire-happy. Can I just come over to your house and play the Star Wars mission? I'll bring beer.

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I can't really remember getting actual motion sickness in the real world, and I've been on lots of different types of boats and aircraft. This is different and triggers something else in your brain because you aren't physically moving. Human beings have now invented a new way to freak out their brain - good for us.

 

My wife gets the "sickness" too, but only with games where you move around consistently in first person. It does make sense that different people would react differently . . . For now it seems manageable, and I expect that as framerates and visual performance go up that things will get better.

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There are so many loose bits and bobs on eBay, the only way I will feel confident about getting the whole thing is going to be a boxed set. So, money. And it's so fussy and wire-happy. Can I just come over to your house and play the Star Wars mission? I'll bring beer.

 

Ha, sure, why not?

 

But yeah, I definitely would not try to put a system together myself. Just make sure whatever you do end up buying actually has all the things I mentioned. I can imagine some people pulling a headset out of a full bundle and just selling that, along with all the other parts separately. So make sure if you do buy one that it does come with the processor and cables.

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Oh my

 

I think this is all I need (just confirmed the old camera is fine for VR)

 

https://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-VR-4/dp/B01DE9DY8S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531942983&sr=8-1&keywords=psvr+set

 

it's sixty-seven cents under my arbitrary "buy" threshold.

 

Just moved it to my "saved for later" since I hardly ever play with my Nintendo Switch, which has a much lower barrier to getting into it.

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This is next on my "to buy" list, but if you add up all the accessories it's like $700 for two move controllers, headphones, headset, camera, etc. Need to pinch my pennies for a while...but can't wait to be blown away by the VR experience.

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I tried the PS VR in the store a while ago, and I thought it was really amazing. The way it compensates your head movements is a technical marvel. Also, I tried looking at the 'ground' (I was standing behind a fence in a racing game), then I moved my head forward and the perspective of the fence changed accordingly. It's the closest thing to a holodeck!

 

By the way, does it help getting a PS4 Pro for VR, instead of a slim? I still haven't got one but now there are enough games for it that I like.

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I love the PSVR, although admittedly haven't used it in awhile.

Be sure and get Littlstar VR Cinema app. There are lots of great VR music videos and shorts you can watch for free, and thanks to the side load option, VR porn !! WOOT!!

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By the way, does it help getting a PS4 Pro for VR, instead of a slim? I still haven't got one but now there are enough games for it that I like.

 

I don't have a Pro and am still blown away by PSVR (yes, even now, after owning it since its launch). But I've seen people say the Pro upgrade is noticeable, if not crucial. So, it probably depends on whether you already have a system. Most people seem to say it's not worth upgrading to a Pro just for a better PSVR experience, but if you don't have either console yet, then you should get a Pro if you can afford it along with your PSVR.

 

It also depends on whether the games you want actually support the Pro. But I'm pretty sure most big PSVR games do nowadays, so you'll get improved visuals in some way. But it seems almost universal that it's not worth spending an extra $400 for if you have a PS4 Slim already. But it probably is worth spending an extra $100 for if you're coming in totally cold.

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And a set of headphones that provides 3D positioning. I tried to use regular headphones with mine but they didn't work very well; not only didn't I get positional sound, but more importantly the sound kept cutting out and random weird glitches would pop up in games. I think the system really expects and wants you to use 3D headphones made for PSVR. The bundles come with a set of crappy earbuds, but I ended up buying a $50 set of headphones that clips to the headset and has a cable just long enough to plug in to the port on the headset cable, which makes it look and work more like it should have to begin with.

 

Do you have a link to the headphones you bought? I wouldn't mind looking at something like that.

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I've been enjoying my PSVR a lot, but my biggest complaint is that I haven't found a big game that I want to play through entirely in VR yet. So far, my experience has been mostly tech demos that are fun to play, but get old after a while.

 

I just ordered Superhot and it's on its way in the mail. It looks like a lot of fun.

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