Choosing which VR headset to buy is an expensive gamble. Ranging from the $10 Google Cardboard all the way up to the $799 HTC Vive, if you want to play everything you’ve practically got to buy it all. Should you hold fire for a little though and Sony may have you almost totally covered with the PlayStation VR.
Currently a VR headset designed exclusively for the PlayStation 4, Sony has said it is looking into the possibility of expanding the capabilities of PSVR, even considering bringing it to PC. That would mean with a single headset you could theoretically play the PS4 exclusives and the PC VR titles.
"The possibility exists since the PlayStation 4 shares many of its parts with the PC," said Sony’s executive VP Masayasu Ito. "At the moment, we're concentrating on games so I have nothing to announce at this point, but we're looking to expand in a variety of areas."
As it stands there’s a layer of software abstraction, much like any VR headset, that prevents the PlayStation VR from a simple plug and play experience on PC. Sony would have to work on this, but it doesn’t sound as if there’s any technical boundaries to halt its progress.
For gamers it would be a cheaper alternative, costing $399 for the base headset, and its use across both PC and PS4 would add significant value. Then there’s also the 1920 x 1080 screen to consider. This is some way below the 2160 x1200 of the Rift and the Vive, so it would need proportionally less hardware power to drive it. That could be a huge boon for those whose rigs don’t quite meet the recommended requirements for the current VR headsets.
Sony’s PlayStation VR is out in October this year.
What do you think then, would you take a resolution hit to pick up a cheaper VR headset?