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The PlayStation VR headset is something I have wanted since it was first announced! Of course, back then it was called Project Morpheus. I guess Sony decided to give it a simpler name.

The PlayStation VR headset has now been out for about a year. During this year I never picked one up. Reasons? Well, to be perfectly honest price played a large part of my choice not to get it. For the PSVR starter bundle(Which includes everything you need to start experiencing virtual reality on your PS4) you can expect to plunk down 500 bucks or more. That’s more than a Playstation 4 console! So, getting one was put on the back burner!

After several days of internal debating, I finally decided to break down and get a Playstation VR. Was it worth it? Am I happy with it? Are there any complaints whatsoever? Glad you asked!

I had never bought the cam or the MOVE controllers before, so when I decided to get the PSVR I had to get the Starter Bundle. You need the Cam so your console can tell where you are looking with the headset on. The MOVE controllers aren’t REQUIRED, though it does add to the immersion factor. In many VR games, the MOVE controls act as your hands. Without them, your hands are controlled by your DUALSHOCK 4 controller. That being said, there ARE some games that require the MOVE controls…so, it’s better if you have them.

So, I ordered the starter bundle online, and waited for it to arrive! While I waited, I suffered a little bit of an accident, and broke my foot! This caused me to have to hobble around on crutches! The joy! The day after my accident, the VR headset arrived!

When I first saw the box, I thought I was going to have to have someone help me bring it in. It was large, and again: I was on crutches. However the box it’s self was really surprisingly light! So I was able to bring it in on my own!

Excitedly I popped open the box and pulled out all the connectors and wires. So, I sat there unpacking and reading through the manual(Now, I don’t normally read through setup manuals, but there were just SO many wires and connector boxes that made reading the manual a good idea. Could I have done it without the manual? Maybe, but following directions made it so much easier!). After a few mins, it dawned on me! I can’t set this up! At least not that day! My foot was still in bad condition, I required crutches to get around the house…and setting this headset up would require me to hop and crawl all over the place to get wires and connectors where they needed to go! So, with sadness in my heart, the headset sat there for days! After awhile I was able to get around on my foot easier, so I hooked it all up….

Before I even had the headset hooked up completely I ran into my first problem! The PS4 has 2 USB ports! Both are currently being used! One is being used for my DUALSHOCK 4 gamepad, and the other is being used for Extended Storage. The problem is that the PSVR requires 3 USB ports to hook up to! Yea, three! One for the headset it’s self and 2 for the motion controls. Plus, you STILL need your DUALSHOCK 4 controller plugged in. So, even if I removed my Extended Storage USB HDD from the PS4, I would still need 4 USB slots on a 2 USB system!

Now, there are ways around this! Sony does sell a charging station. Since the MOVE and DUALSHOCK 4 controls are wireless, you can charge them up and use them wirelessly! However, you would think this would be something SONY would include in a starter bundle! Or at the very least place a warning saying “Hey! Get a charging station if you actually want to use and enjoy this product!”

Anyway! So began another waiting session. After a few days, the charging station arrived, and I was finally able to sit down and enjoy the VR experience on my Playstation 4 gaming console!

How was it? Well, it was a mixture of extreme awesomeness and disappointment.

The headset its self looks very sleek and sci-fi! To be honest, I’m not particularly keen on the color! My console is black, and the headset is white! Having them match would be ideal, but I suppose maybe the camera might have trouble tracking it in dark rooms? I don’t know! Still, it looks peachy keen! It’s also very lightweight! I’m not sure how light VR glasses tend to be, but I expected a little more weight to these.

The headset size is adjustable, and even fits my head! I have a giant head! Most baseball caps don’t even fit me! This? It totally fits me! the eyepiece section can also be adjusted so that someone with glasses can still use the device while wearing their glasses! If you don’t wear glasses, you can adjust the eyepiece section so that it is flush with your face, and all outside light is blocked out.

Around the edges of the headset is some cushioning. This obviously is a must! Otherwise having hard plastic pressed against your face would hurt or irritate your skin and possibly cause bruising. The cushioning makes wearing the headset much more comfortable usually. I say usually because I got this headset JUST before summer rolled around, and to be quite honest, the cushioning makes it nearly impossible to play in the summer, at least for me. See, I live in a desert and temps frequently rise well above 100 degrees. Having a cushion pushed around my face increases the heat and makes it too uncomfortable to play. Not only is it super hot, but it causes my brow area to sweat, and then sweat begins to drip into the goggle area and you have to pull it off every few minutes to clean the lenses.

How does it play? Well, it’s amazing to be honest! What it’s capable of is jaw dropping! However, it’s still relatively new! Which means developers haven’t really begun pushing the limits on this piece of hardware. In fact, a lot of the games available aren’t even really games. They are more like Tech Demos! Sure, there are a few real games out on it, but finding them can be difficult. However most of the PSVR exclusive games you hear about, just aren’t really games!

Still, they all look amazing and realistic!

There’s more to the VR headset than Virtual gaming as well! For instance, you can watch TV on it! If you have a HULU account, they have a PSVR app that makes it look like you are sitting on a couch, in a fancy schmancy living room with a giant TV. So, you can watch your favorite shows on HULU in luxury. Don’t have HULU? No worries, you can still watch movies and TV on a giant screen. By default, all apps like AMAZON Prime and NETFLIX are displayed on a giant floating screen in a field of darkness..almost like watching something in a theater. This also applies to non-PSVR games as well. You can still play them and it’s like playing them on a large screen TV. That’s pretty cool!

Overall, I think the headset is really cool! However, there’s not enough quality content out there to justify paying the heavy price tag. If the price drops significantly or more quality games come out for the system(And there are several on the horizon, including Skyrim VR), then it’s worth picking up. At this time though? Just not worth it!