With the launch of PlayStation VR approaching, Sony (NASDAQ: SNE) keeps revealing more details. In a guide shared on Friday, the tech company advises users to count with a 60-square-feet room to take full advantage of the headset.
PlayStation shared through their Asian website a list of suggestions for the customer before purchasing the PlayStation VR. A diagram of how the room designed for the installation should look like is part of the information published.According to the chart, the PlayStation Camera, which is necessary to use the VR headset, should be in a clear area of 6.2 feet by 9.8 feet. The guide also asks players to remain seated while playing, as moving more than 2 feet away from the PlayStation Camera while playing would narrow the play area and distort the images.
As for the height of the play area, it will depend on the height of area captured by the camera.
The site also warns users who are considering the purchase to try the PlayStation VR at a store first. “PS VR uses 3D vision technology. As there is an individual difference in viewing 3D graphics and feeling of wearing VR headset, please try PS VR at shops or trial events before purchase,” the website says.
Other information shared includes some details Sony had already announced, such as the “Social Screen” feature, which allows enjoying the experience in two different modes. The “Mirroring mode” enables the user to display on a TV the same image as the VR headset. The “Separate mode” allows the user that is wearing the VR headset to experience co-op or versus gameplay with players watching on the TV screen.
PlayStation VR also offers “Cinematic mode”, which lets users watch movies or play PlayStation 4 games in a virtual space. The headset can function as well to take 360-degree photos and videos.
The official launching date for the PlayStation VR is on October 13, with a price of $399. A series of games have already been revealed, such as Final Fantasy 15, Resident Evil VII or Star Wars: Battlefront.
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Steam is hosting a sale of virtual reality games
While Sony’s PlayStation VR headset takes its time to arrive at the market, other devices, such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, have already been released. The distribution platform Steam began on July 29 a sale on titles for these devices, only for this weekend.
There is a total of 175 games, which may not seem much, but it is enough for the Virtual Reality industry since it has been on the market for less than six months.
Users with Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets will have the opportunity to purchase the titles with discounts that go from 15 percent up to 80 percent. Titles available include games that are still unfinished and in development, giving users the opportunity to give developers feedback and suggestions.
The Oculus Rift headset was launched on March 28, with an introductory price of $599. The headset has integrated headphones, and a rotational and positional tracking system.
The HTC Vive was released on April 5, costing $799. The headset has sensors that make it possible to transform a room into 3D space, giving the user the experience to manipulate and communicate in an immersive environment.
Source: PC Magazine