PlayStation VR Needs An Additional, External Processing Unit, Which Is As Big As The Wii

Of course, the PS4 was going to be too weak to power the headset all by itself.

Posted By | On 17th, Dec. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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Sony’s upcoming PlayStation VR headset is surely some great tech, even though it seems far less attractive than ever, thanks to a disastrous showing at the PlayStation Experience earlier this month. However, it won’t be the kind of smooth, plug and play experience that you would have wanted it to be- as many have suspected, the PS4 alone is too weak to be able to support the kind of intensive VR experiences that Sony has been advertising for the headset.

Instead, Polygon has confirmed that the headset will need an additional external processor, to supplement the PS4’s power, and make VR possible. This external processor is what you will be plugging the headset into; the box itself plugs into the PS4, and is about as big as an original Wii.

It’s not all bad news- Sony also confirmed that the PlayStation VR will be comfortable to wear for everyone, thanks to a dial in the back that lets you adjust its size.

PlayStation VR is due to launch some time in 2016.

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  • lol the controller doesn’t work during an expirmental tech demo and its a disastrous showing?

    • Starman

      Yes , what part didn’t you understand… the controller not working is just one of many problems that oldschool 1990’s tech (plug-&-play garbage) has…

    • Tech junkie

      Yes

    • Kinect

      Then why were you damage controling the “disaster” Xbox One showings or Kinect demonstrations hypocritical Microsoft slave?

    • Tech junkie

      I wasn’t, kinect overall is clearly a failure.

      However I can’t imagine going back to not having voice control over my Xbox and home entertainment system as well as facial recognition for login. Which works almost seamlessly to the point I want an Xbox for every TV in my house just for voice controls and a custom guide

      Not one time have I praised gesture control. It’s never worked good enough to be used on a daily basis.

      But thanks for being ignorant 🙂

  • Agent_Blade

    Oh lord. I know Starman will have a field day with this one.

    • polysix

      Maybe he will, but it would be completely retarded to see anything about this ‘news’ as bad. The PS4 exists nicely without PSVR so anything that is added on (inc add on boxes) is a bonus, not like you are forced to buy it. Can’t see Xbots have a leg to stand on calling out Sony on anything to do with VR while their own home remains completely barren (and no – streaming 2D Xbox games into a PC VR room doesn’t count as VR). It’s not like PS4 was initially sold on the Promise of having VR coming to it so again anything is a bonus.

    • Starman

      First of all fangirl VR wont really see any true visually stunning VR for another 5 to 10 years that will be cost effective … Oculus is the best solution for now .. PS VR is only available on PS$ first stupid thing .. AR is better than all VR right now , so STFU …

    • polysix

      how old you? and AR and VR are totally different fkin things and AR is not ‘better’ if you want VR you frigging idiot. Give it up.

    • Starman

      You’re GARDA*N RIGHT !!!! lol TRASH I TELL YA….. TRASH !!!! But they care about the gamer’s $300 for the headset trash and another $200 for the booster …lol what a fkn ripoff

    • Agent_Blade

      Trash? Are you talking about yourself again starman?

    • Starman

      LOOOOOL what a comeback … you must be a kid , so i wont reply ..and if you aren’t a kid , you sure sound like one … by the way STFU !

    • His replies are so comical there is no need to try and defend against them.

    • Starman

      They’re factual , you’re just a fangirl in denial … tell me how this is a good thing …

      $299 for PS$
      $299 for headset
      $149 to $199 for booster processor
      and the move lollypop sticks
      tell me how that’s good for gamer…

    • Agent_Blade

      Tell me how fanboys are good for the industry.

  • polysix

    “It’s not all bad news” – it’s not EVEN bad news. Many already knew/assumed there would be more than just plugging it in and this is a complete non issue. If they are striving to deliver compelling VR then the fact they are adding power (or even just the frame doubling) via an external box is actually welcome, what else you want them to go back in time and give it more power? – Certainly better equipped to deliver some VR than the Xbox One is anyway.

    For me I’ll be getting Rift on PC (Had a DK2) and maybe Vive anyway, but will also pick up PS VR if the games are compelling (even though the VR won’t be as impressive as PC of course the games may be in many cases).

    I didn’t believe the calls of anti Sony bias on this site until this article but now it’s clear and I won’t visit again.

    • Starman

      It is …fangirls always trying to defend Sony’s garbage…the headset cost over $300 as they stated and that will run you no less than $200 so please stop fangirling…..

    • polysix

      Hey at least Sony have something TO defend, what has the Xbox got again? oh yeah.. F-All. You weird boy you.

    • Starman

      You sound like a fangirl …AAAAAAAA ha ha ha ha !!!! STFU !!!

  • Starman

    If this were MS you guys would’ve had a field day … for one Sony was LYING the whole time , saying these are the graphics … lol, when all the while they were using a booster to boost …. SMOKE-n- MIRRORS …
    Anyone who thinks this is okay … you will forever the biggest of Sony fangirls….

  • GHz

    Sony should’ve showed the entire unit as it was meant to be from the get go. For them to just advertise the unit as a sleek solo device that plugs straight into your PS4 was deceptive. IF MSFT did this, they would’ve suffered a negative backlash from the media like no other. We all know this.

    • Psionicinversion

      Horizon Zero Dawn was running on PC?

    • GHz

      The article that claimed it was have since been taken down. So I wont be supporting that claim anymore. The game look great running on PS4 anyways.

    • Why exactly is the processing box a big deal? You have to put all that effort into plugging one more hdmi in?

    • Kinect

      Because GHz is a Microsoft slave who worships Xbox but never complained about the giant loud external power brick that Xbox uses and Microsoft failled to advertise.

    • GHz

      Never said it was a big deal. I’m just pointing out that if MSFT advertised a peripheral that come in two main parts and only advertised it as one device, they would’ve been chastised until it gave them cancer. Just look @ what that fool @Kinect compared Sony’s VR computer to, a power brick. And you know why right? Cause the media made a big deal over a power brick. SMH.

    • Kinect

      Where were you when Microsoft wasn’t advertising the giant loud external power brick Xbox One uses, you Xsl-t fraud?

    • GHz

      “giant loud external power brick Xbox One uses”

      LOOOOOOOOOL 😀

      He said a loud power brick 😀 LOOOOOOL…WOW!! 🙂
      You must be from a third world country and probably cant afford a next gen machine. Still no excuse for being so dumb LMAO :D….Ok I’m not surprised that your brain keep stalling @ getting stuck @ the station LOL. I really don’t expect much brain power from you, so you’re excused.
      But your belief proves my point that the media have ya’ll believing the dumbest things. So MSFT is sooooo special that they must advertise a power brick when selling their device? HP, Dell, Cisco, Samsung, and thousands of other companies that manufactures electronic devices aren’t subject to such requirements. So why MSFT? By all means stay undeniably stupid. It’s a treat!!! 🙂

  • Mr Xrat

    We’ve known about the processing box for many months. Unsurprising that clickbait outfits like Gamespot took this long to notice it.

    • Truth™

      It’s not going to help it past 720P and 60FPS either

      Interpolation. LOL


 

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