Driveclub VR is as close as you could get to the real thing.
Driveclub VR is as close as you could get to the real thing.

Sony's new virtual reality is great fun

IT'S the hottest item in gaming right now, and expected to be on many a wishlist for Christmas, so does the Playstation VR (PSVR) deliver on a promise of truly immersive gaming?

Sony have put their money where their mouth is and gave this humble gamer two weeks to put it through the paces. After many late nights, lots of coffee and several protein bars, here are the results....


Setting up the VR was very easy, as instructions are very simple to follow, but be warned, if you don't have space to accommodate the wires and adaptors, you might find it all a bit of a drama when not in use. Headphones plug into a socket that hangs around your chest level, but with a bit more effort you could easily use your own choice of headphones for bigger sound. All up, within 10 minutes you'll be up and running.

First Use

The unit fits very snugly on the head, and best of all if you wear glasses, it's not a drama. Once the unit is up and running, you might find yourself saying 'Wow', 'Oh my God' or 'This is amazing'.

Using it for the first time is a game changer, unlike anything you've seen before.

Truly amazing 3D, and high definition graphics await you as you boot up the menu in your first game, and no matter where you look...left, right, up or down, the responsiveness is incredible. Using the PS4 camera to track your movements, it is seamless how it all comes together. Even the menu of games blow your mind. VR World has several mini games on it and you could easily spend all day just in the menu admiring the room you're in.

The only drawback is that if you live in a hot climate, you may find the screen fogging up, so make sure the air con is on when playing on warm, humid days.

The other thing to keep in mind is that some people may suffer motion sickness as your brain gets confused with movement. While it may affect some more than others, for me personally it was an issue, and I had to limit playtime to 20 minute blocks, but I was happy to keep going back for more.


So many games, such little's some short observations.

Let's start with the good. If one game stands out for actually putting you IN a game, it has to be

Driveclub VR. Just sitting in a vehicle for the first time waiting for the race to start has you simply looking around at the views, the other cars and your controls. It is truly the racing game that fans have been waiting for and if you set it up with a steering wheel, this is seriously as close as you can get to the real thing. Lots of options, online racing and incredible graphics make this a standout.

Battlezone is a remaster/update of the old arcade classic. You will find yourself inside a tank preparing for battle and the action is fast and furious as you use various weapons on the enemy. Great fun and easy to pick up.

VR Worlds is five mini games with hours of fun for all tastes. You can ride a luge downhill, perform a heist in London or my personal favourite, explore the deep oceans. In a cage underwater you just can't help stopping to admire the world you find yourself in. This is what VR was made for.

RIGS Mechanized Combat League puts you in a mech where you battle opponents in a VR world. This one is not only responsive and great fun, but also the chance to play live against other online players gives this one the most potential, the same way Driveclub VR will encourage you to keep coming back.

Super Stardust VR is a remaster of an already brilliant game, that looked incredible in 3D on the PS3 but now looks even better. The added first person levels don't add much to this one, but that doesn't matter, as Super Stardust remains one of the most addictive and fun games of the last decade.

Also played:

Sadly, there isn't enough space here to talk about how good the PSVR delivered on the promise of gaming that you can truly LIVE in, and there are other great games to mention like Eve: Valkyrie and The Playroom which is FREE from PSN and allows other players to join in your game by using extra PS4 controllers.

You can expect to see many people losing large chunks of their life as they don the headset and put themselves into a new gaming world that gamers have always dreamed of.

There are many excellent titles already available, and literally hundreds more in development, so the chances of your PSVR gathering dust in the next few years seem rather remote. This is one piece of hardware that is set to take off.

I've been playing video games since 1976, and if the PSVR is the sign of things to come, I'll be happy to keep playing for another 40 years. This is seriously the best fun you can have at home!    


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