As I already explained in the article about the iPhone 7 128GB purchased on Apple Store in Amsterdam – Netherlands and in the article on the Playstation 4 For, I acquired in Trieste – Italy, in my previous trips to Europe, all the work, always I ended up wasting the product dimension that could bring tax free.
The only exception had been a Chromecast 2 purchased just in a Fnac in Paris – France, However at the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, as already reported here in Skooter Blog.
This time I decided it would be different. At first I was thinking of purchasing the Playstation 4 For in this FNAC located at terminal 2E boarding area. But to find the opening hours of the store on the site I think I just confusing me and thinking she would be closed by the time I'd be there. In fact there are several shops in the FNAC inside the airport Charles de Gaulle, and the hours of operation are different, probably according to the timetables in such terminals are used.
Because of this I made the purchase of the Playstation 4 For in Trieste, in Italy. I tested it and then knocked him out with my luggage, first in Trieste and later in Rome, This second time straight to Brazil. Arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, We do all the messy process of obtaining the Customs stamp in the form of reimbursement of iPhone 7 128GB, that involved leaving the security area, and then return to the boarding area, going through a considerable queue at the passport control.
When we finally arrived at the terminal, There was still some time left. We left then to get something to eat. Bisonhamente the only option in this terminal is a kiosk fast food oriental (não lembro se era chinês ou japonês) caríssimo.
Mas na busca por comida acabamos passando pela FNAC and… ela estava aberta! 🙂 Como ela é duty-free, the Playstation 4 For estava por 384,99 Euros, um pouco mais barato que os 399,98 of GameStop em Trieste. But, o da GameStop estava com a promoção que vinha com os dois jogos. Acho que os dois jogos (Deformers and Final Fantasy XV) valem os 15 Euros a mais. E caso eu tivesse obtido o reembolso do imposto ele ainda sairia mais barato.
De qualquer forma entrei na loja e dei uma olhada nos itens da FNAC. Eis que olhei para o Playstation VR, and the Playstation VR olhou para mim. Ele fez uma cara de “me leva”, mas eu já tinha comprado o Playstation 4 For que estava planejado, então deixei ele por lá mesmo.
O embarque já estava quase para começar e eu estava ainda na dúvida se deveria ou não trazer o Playstation VR. Como eu mencionei no artigo sobre o Playstation 4 For, this is the kind of thing I always plan before. I do not usually make high values of impulse purchases.
Then I started to weigh the pros and cons. Starting with the cons:
- The Playstation VR is only one accessory, but it costs the same as the console. The cost of it at Fnac was the same Playstation 4 For, 384,99 Euros.
- The Playstation VR It is not this whole revolution that some enthusiasts spread. I have no gambling game 30 years and I've seen this story several times. I saw the 3D glasses are born and die twice, on the Master System and in these last two generations. I saw the Nintendo bet on motion controls in Wii and non-leaves Switch. Interestingly this kind of control survival with wins Playstation VR. I saw the Kinnect, I saw the guns that shoot on the screen. Ultimately, I saw very cool accessory, mainly casual games. But, after all, have fun time with them, and then always came back to play the traditional way.
- there are not many games still to Playstation VR, and there is no must-see game. There are good games that should come out with version VR, like Gran Turismo Sports. But I bet that the VR will be a curiosity to play from time to time than the standard game mode. You will need to choose between the exquisite graphic or immersion. You can not have both with current technology, especially considering that Sony had to give up more resolution not to leave the more expensive device.
But also made a short list of pros:
- Although it is an accessory to a few casual games, virtual reality is something very cool. My first and only contact with VR had been with the cell of a cousin. He bought a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to Samsung Gear VR. Were it not for this first contact with a positive result I would not risk, as some people go wrong with the accessory.
- It was a unique opportunity to buy Playstation VR without paying cost Brazil. I have no idea when I travel to the new exterior. And given that conferred on Buscapé and the Free Market and saw that the prices here were much higher.
- I had other accessories that are required for the Playstation VR, which are Playstation Move Motion Controller and to Playstation 4 Camera. Even they were somewhat underutilized lately. Could return to action.
- The Playstation VR It is the first virtual reality goggles to a console. Probably will not have a significant number of sales. I suppose that in the future he may have considerable value, like the 3D Glasses Master System, that are very hard to find in good condition today. In the box then, When is it costs very expensive. It is possible that the Playstation VR take the same path and have considerable value in the future.
- When in doubt, with a few minutes to decidr, It was better to buy. I still have a long journey back to decide if it would be worth it or not. If you didn't still could resell it at a profit. Until I spent two days with him at home without opening. I was playing the Horizon Zero Dawn, I received before travel, but neither had given time to see. Only then I decided I was going to stay even with the Playstation VR. And so I opened it and installed.
As can be seen in the previous section, a minha lista de prós superou a de contras. Tomei a decisão e voltei rapidamente na Fnac para fazer a compra. Depois voltei rapidamente para o portão de embarque onde estava começando o embarque de quem tinha o Sky Priority. E eu tinha, HE knows-because, pois minha passagem era econômica, sem nada adicional.
Tudo certo, tudo resolvido, até que fui procurar a passagem para embarcar e não achei. Lembrei que precisei mostra-la na loja para fazer a compra (requisito em qualquer duty free) e achei que tinha esquecido lá. Voltei correndo até a loja, o vendedor disse que não estava lá e só aí percebi que tinha tirado do passaporte (onde costumo deixar) e colocado na carteira sem querer, durante a compra. Voltei correndo mais ainda até o portão. Embarquei cansado, mas feliz. 🙂
So it's good to always plan…
When we finally decided I'd stick with the Playstation VR MIM, I opened the box and pulled out all the items. Many cables, so that Sony decided to numbers them for easy installation.
Despite the indication on the packaging that the device works with 220 ~ 240V, it also works perfectly with 127V.
The installation of the Playstation VR It is somewhat annoying. The HDMI output of Playstation 4 must be disconnected from the TV / Receiver and connected to module Playstation VR. The module Playstation VR leaves an HDMI cable that goes to the TV / Receiver. Give way, module Playstation VR It is always an intermediary between the Playstation 4 e a TV/Receiver, although the content being played is not virtual reality and it is in standby mode.
But that's not all, the Playstation VR also you need to be connected to Playstation 4 using a USB cable. Fortunately the Playstation 4 For has a USB port more than the previous model, and this extra port is on the back. So do not mind a front door permanently and the result is aesthetically better.
Por fim, the glasses are connected to the module Playstation VR two HDMI cables (that are glued, at least that to facilitate). Apparently it's one for each screen. But whereas the resolution of the two screens together is 1920×1080, I don't understand why a single cable is not enough.
The cable of the glasses Playstation VR is relatively short, but an extension also comes in packaging. With the glasses there is a small module with the on/off button and buttons that control the volume on a P2 output for headphones, It also comes in the package.
To complete, It is clear that the Playstation VR have your own power supply, so now we need one more outlet.
Ultimately, a mess like this to connect an accessory I don't see since the Sega released Sega CD and the 32X for the Mega Drive.
With the Playstation VR Finally installed it was time to install the Blu-ray of demos to test it. But in the middle installation occurred read errors. Tried again, mistakes again. It's not that the disc was defective? Luckily the disc of demos can be downloaded from the American PSN.
Anyway it's worth downloading the disc on American PSN because he has the entire contents of the European version, and more. For some reason the Europeans were with less content.
These are the games available on disc of demos downloaded from PSN americana:
- Allumette (Penrose)
- Battlezone (Rebellion)
- DriveClub VR (SIE WWS)
- Eve: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
- Gnog (KO_OP)
- Harmonix Music VR (Harmonix Music Systems)
- Headmaster (Interactive Frame)
- Here They Lie (SIE WWS)
- Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
- Playstation VR Worlds (SIE WWS)
- Resident Evil 7 Biohazard — Kitchen Teaser (Capcom Co., Ltd.)
- Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
- Rigs Mechanized Combat League (SIE WWS)
- Thumper (Drool)
- Tumble VR (SIE WWS)
- Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (SIE WWS)
- Wayward Sky (Uber Entertainment)
- Within (Within)
I really liked these demos, the first I saw was the Playstation VR Worlds, where we are led to the bottom of the sea. Muito interesting. Also caught my attention the Headmaster, We can head a virtual ball into the goal, wearing the glasses in a way somewhat different. As a fan of racing games, the game in which I spent more time so far was the DriveClub VR.
I used to also download a series of other content on American PSN. Remember, the Playstation VR don't live just for games. The calls “experiences” are also very interesting. Joshua Bell VR, for example, is a video where you can watch the performance of the musician as if we were there in the Studio. And it's not just 360° cameras, You can actually move a little to the side and view the scene for slightly different angles. The sense of direction of sound is also perfect, You can go around the head and figure out exactly where the sounds are coming.
In the application of Youtube there are also a series of videos in VR that can be watched with the accessory. Many are also interesting.
I confess I haven't bought anything for the Playstation VR. It's weird, but as experience their own demos already seem sufficient. The Playstation VR is not an accessory to be used for consecutive hours. After half an hour I feel a strange feeling and need to take a break.
On PSN brazilian unfortunately nothing yet for the Playstation VR. Apparently only going when he is released in Brazil. This also hinders a little shopping. In the past I bought on PSN using credit cards American Brazilians, using the 5 first digits of the ZIP CODE Brazilian billing address in the U.S.. Then stopped working and started using a virtual American credit card EntroPay. Today I don't even know if these solutions still work. If you know let us comments.
But there are some games in physical media for sale in Brazil. I almost bought the Batman Arkham VR a promotion, but I ended up missing. Recently bought Gran Turismo Sports on pre-sale. Not here yet. This I can't wait to see how it looks the part VR, that apparently was not available at the premiere launched in the last week. But I am aware that it is also a way to try and then go back to the traditional way with the graphics in high definition.
Of course, not everything is perfect in Playstation VR. The graphics are clearly not on the same level as the TV charts. If immersion is something awesome, on the other is more resolution for Playstation 2 than to Playstation 4. This is more noticeable in some content than other. In general, content that does not suffer so much from low resolution, as cartoons get better in Playstation VR the more cinematic content.
New version and the great blunder of Sony
Recently Sony has announced that it will launch a new model of the Playstation VR, improved. The changes include a pair headphones more integrated with glasses, leaving directly from him, without leaving another hanging wire. The wire that runs from the glasses to the processing module is also thinner. Are welcome changes, but are not reason for a upgrade.
The change that really caught my attention was the support for HDR passthrough. Wait, as well? Was just reading this ad that I found out that the Playstation VR current lets you see HDR content of Playstation 4 na TV. The games of Playstation VR There's no HDR or 4 k, but remember that the entire contents of the Playstation 4 passes through the module Playstation VR, Once the HDMI output of the Playstation 4 This connected it. Because that's where the limp. The Playstation VR does the passthrough 4 k content normally, but not HDR content.
Give way, to enjoy games with HDR content on TV, who has the Playstation VR you need to get the HDMI cable from the Playstation 4 that is connected to the Playstation VR and connect it directly to the TV, which certainly ends up wearing and damaging the jacks. And there is no solution to this, at upgrade won't fix firmware. Only upgrade resolves hardware. Not even a splitter HDMI works, Since most of them adjusts the resolution according to the lower resolution outputs device. The only reasonable alternative that there are reports that works is the use of a HDMI switch inverted. Connects the output Playstation 4 in the output of the switch, and the inputs of the TV and the Playstation VR in the entries of the switch, and there you can select if the output of the Playstation 4 go to the TV or the Playstation VR. This solution takes up two USB inputs on your TV or receiver. To use just a need to use a second HDMI switch.
Ultimately, is a solution gambiarrenta, that must cost at least R$ 200,00 in AliExpress, relying on two switches and three short HDMI cable. And we still need to be lucky to find a switch that actually works with HDR and 4K and supports the entries are used as outputs and vice versa. And there are two more sources to connect, if they not only work with the energy provided by HDMI cables. And more paraphernalia hanging on Playstation 4.
It is an unpardonable blunder from Sony, because Playstation VR and the Playstation 4 For They were released almost together. It's not like the HDR had appeared a year later. Does development teams did not talk to realize the nonsense they were doing?
When I heard this blunder considered to sell Playstation VR. But as yet have TV 4K HDR, This is not a problem which will affect me now. I decided to stay with the Playstation VR. When I have a HDR 4 k TV I have not yet sick of it, I seek for a solution. And I hope that until there appears some enterprise to launch any solutions better than that of the HDMI switches.
The Playstation VR worth the experience. The immersion is unmatched. Just don't expect this to become new and definitive way to play video games because it will not be. Is an accessory for specific games, and with simpler graphics that that run on TV. And I confess that sometimes gives too lazy to connect, on behalf of the.
Ultimately, is a cool accessory. It must be hard to find someone who doesn't enjoy. All it takes is to consider whether it is worthwhile to pay the high price that it costs. And it's kind of mandatory testing any type of VR before, because it must be really frustrating to buy it to find out that the VR is bad. And in any case the breaks every half hour are required.
If the VR will still be present in the next generation is something that only time will tell. I don't believe on consoles exclusively VR. Maybe the VR go evolving as an accessory for generations to come. Or maybe he short and reappear in a few years, with better graphics and with fewer wires, as happened with 3D. After all the 3D today is just the old 3D Master System, only with higher refresh rate and wireless glasses.
Buy the current version today is not worth, It is better to wait for the improved version and already ensure that the HDR passthrough going to work, even if you don't have a HDR TV today.
If I hadn't, would buy again? The first model is definitely not. The second model? In Brazil probably not. Travelling abroad, maybe. But if the trip was for the USA or Canada is likely that I would rather bring a Nintendo Switch. In Europe due to the regional restrictions of Nintendo, then from there I would continue bringing the Playstation VR.