Since yesterday’s PS5 reveal, one question that has been on my mind is will PS5 upgrade PSVR tracking and even though we really didn’t get an answer, there may be a new and improved camera!
Will PS5 Upgrade PSVR Tracking
As excited as I was about hearing that Oculus finally brought their first product to market back in 2016, it meant having to spend a bundle on the tech, which needed sophisticated tech to operate, which meant more money… I mean, back then a laptop or desktop equipped with a GTX 1660 video card was well over $1500.00 + the $600 for the Oculus Rift would’ve put me easily over the $2k mark, which I wasn’t gonna do. Besides, I had already purchased a decent gaming PC and I wasn’t about to get another so quickly because I didn’t have the right graphics card!
No… What I did was wait less than a year for the PSVR to release in the states and spent only $400 + Battle Zone, Drive Club, & Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. The goggle set and games totaled up to being less than the Oculus Rift rig. The only problem was that I had already experienced Oculus Rift, which kicked PSVR’s ass in tracking capabilities! I mean, there weren’t any jitters and the accuracy was definitely better. I’ll be truthful, it didn’t stop me from playing, but I couldn’t help comparing either.
So, will PS5 upgrade PSVR Tracking? The answer on the street is that it will with a camera the good people at Sony are working on… Just to give you a little a bit of info on what makes VR work, it’s in the resolution and that being said, the res on the first Oculus Rift was 2160 x 1200! The resolution on the PSVR in 2016 and still is 1280 x 800 (BIG ASS DIFFERENCE!). Word on the street is that the camera Sony’s working on has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Better, but as you can see doesn’t beat the first OR)… I mean, since the first Oculus Rift, the Oculus Rift S was released, which came out with an updated monstrous 2560 x 1440 resolution. Now, if we are going to compare apples to apples, let’s then compare the PSVR (With upcoming camera) with the Oculus All in One Quest! The resolution included in the Quest is 1440x 1600, which is more or less the same as the updated PSVR.
For someone is coming in fresh into the VR space, there’s much to consider on how to proceed… For instance, the number of VR games available on the PSVR is currently at over 500. Oculus Quest on the other hand has over 100 games available, BUT unless you have the PS Move wands you’ll need to operate the PSVR rig, you’ll need to think about how much the whole thing will cost!
PSVR Total Cost vs Oculus Quest…
Assuming you’re starting from scratch, you have several things against you from the jump if you’re going to wait until the PS5 Camera is out, and here goes (prices based on NOW):
$349.00 PSVR Bundle (including Moves and 2 games)
By the time you purchase the camera (price yet to be listed), and add another couple PSVR games, you’re easily over $1k… The Oculus Quest on the other hand is currently pricing out at $499 (128 GB model) and games are between FREE & $30 with exception to Reborn, which is $40. Oculus Quest does not connect itself to a laptop or desktop and games are downloaded onto the hardware, but there are only just over 100 games as opposed to over 500 PSVR games. However, Oculus Quest is totally mobile and unless you’re online with other players, you won’t need an Internet or WiFi connection!
I personally don’t think Sony will building out an entire pair of PSVR goggles anytime soon, as tracking is the most pressing issue with Sony’s PSVR, but there might be plans, who knows! In the meantime, which VR option would you most like lean more towards?