October 29, 2016

Playstation® VR is the Most Comfortable (and Frightening) Way to Leave Your World Behind

A couple of weeks ago I tried out Playstation's latest Virtual Reality headset for PS4. The headset itself was lightweight and extremely comfortable! Bravo guys - finally something I don't mind wearing.

That being said, it is very clear that the headset was not designed for someone with a lot of hair. As you can see in this photo below, any hairstyle is doomed to be pressed and flattened down, and it's also quite painful when a few flyaway strands get stuck in the headset's plastic casing.


The set itself came with Playstations® signature wands, that look pretty silly and are not the best tools for manipulating virtual objects. This will take some getting-used to.


I moved through all of the demo games, some of them requiring these little balloon wands and others needing the dualshock® control. It was really a new and incredible way to game. A full 360 degree playing experience quickly became addictive as I was completely immersed in a virtual world.


Some of the games were really cute and playful, a few of the demos spun like movie reels where you could sit back and watch, and others allowed you to move through the game and manipulate objects or interact with characters. 

It was all fun and games however, until I came to something called "The Kitchen". This was a secret demo to advertise the latest Resident Evil VR experience, but also one of the more virtually terrifying experiences of my life. 


As you sit to watch the demo, your characteris tied to a chair, completely weaponless, helpless and able to only shake tied hands up and down. These are pictures from the way an outside person might watch you play, but inside the VR game it is a completely realistic and terrifying experience. A bit borderline in terms of acceptable in my opinion. 

About 7 minutes in, I had to drop the controller and tear my headset off, extremely nervous that any further gameplay would actually harm my life (or at least give me unrecoverable nightmares). 



If you think you're up for a whole new way to get scared, try this out immediately. For an extra thrill, put on some noise-cancelling headphones. Here is the trailer - watch it for a great emulation of the full experience.



Just don't say I did't warn you .... 


All in all, completely delighted and excited to watch movies, play new games, and immerse myself in this new form of technology. 

If you have a PS4 gaming system and want to try it out, the price point is not too bad, and the setup is relatively painless (could be easier, but still not terrible). You can buy it here on the website. Let me know wha you think!

XO Julia



Thanks for reading! Photos taken by Roxy Chaney - fellow girl-gamer and VR wiz. Find my live updates on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat (@jframel). These opinions are all my own and may contain affiliate links.