- Jul 2, 2007
The PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation VR accessory (PSVR) are coming in handy lately. Bought them together back in late 2017. Have enjoyed computer games since 1981 when I was majoring in Computer Science at Purdue University. Still remember one of my CS 101 projects: develop a rudimentary text based adventure game called "Wumpus" using the programming language Pascal. Workload, immaturity, and college life in general would eventually see me wash out of comp sci and graduate with a BS in an unrelated field but my fascination with computers, gadgets, and to a lesser degree gaming, would remain with me for life. Holiday season 2017 I'd bought a PS4 and PSVR for my son and daughter-in-law as a gift. Upon opening the PS4, chuckling, they informed me that they'd bought one themselves about a week prior. Oh well. But they didn't have the virtual reality headset, the PlayStation VR or "PSVR" as it's abbreviated, so that was still a hit. In the time following I'd stopped by their apartment and had the opportunity to try out the VR. It was mind blowing. I still had the PS4 new in the box with plans to refund it after the post-holiday refund rush subsided a bit. With prompting from my fiancÃ©e, I kept it instead of refunding it and bought a PlayStation VR to go with it and the rest is history. My fiancÃ©e had pointed out that if I kept the PS4 my son and I could do multiplayer online for some father son competition and fun, etc. So far we've partnered up on the bridge of a starship in Star Trek Bridge Crew, teamed with others for team vs team tactical offense/defense as armed contractors in Firewall: Zero Hour, and co-op'd together as squad partners in Bravo Team (military shooter). Lately, with more time at home in the evenings and weekend, I've rolled my rig back out and downloaded a few new VR games from the PlayStation Store to pass the time. It beats vegging out watching TV. It's really quite immersive and when in the headset the full 360 3D simulation of actually being there full spatial directional 3D sound (things behind you sound like they're behind you) the stress and anxieties of the day are gone and you're in a different reality. I've pretty much only ever used it for VR, although my former fiancÃ©e now my wife plays Tetris on it in regular PlayStation mode on the TV from time to time. It's not for everyone, VR can cause spatial disorientation and motion sickness/nausea as your brain tries to reconcile the incoming visual/aural stimuli of, for instance, of driving a road racer 100mph through a mountain twisty course against 8 opponents (Driveclub VR) vs. being seated motionless in a chair without the real world stimuli to match up. Or moving about swinging a battle ax at an opponent near a ledge on a stone bridge over a river during a melee fight ... while standing stationary in your living room (Skyrim VR). Most folks adapt and get their "VR" legs while some don't and pull the headset off in fright almost hurling it across the room (my wife during a 3D VR 360 skydiving video on Youtube VR). In summary, in certain aspects, I've clearly still not grown up and the VR headset is a great way to extinguish the anxieties of the day, from time to time.