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More than once, I had to drag myself away from the screen only because I’d run down the batteries on two controllers in a row. Sony’s PlayStation PlayStation VR doesn’t waste time with making apps; it sticks to its bread and butter, delivering compelling games with an extra dose of immersion. There is so much side content in Ghost of Tsushima that it gets repetitive long before the end — particularly since most of the rewards are meager.

The remote also has a 3.5mm headphone jack to plug in a pair of headphones or earbuds. You control the Guiding Wind by brushing up on the DualShock 4’s touchpad. While the Rift, Vive and Samsung Gear VR are focusing on apps and games, Sony is fully focused on provided a quality gaming experience. Ghost of Tsushima has a solid story, extremely fun combat and a rewarding open-world.

Ghost of Tsushima is a satisfying game with a familiar structure. Combined with the Japanese language track and English subtitles, this makes Ghost of Tsushima look just like a samurai film from the ‘50s or ‘60s. As I played Wayward Sky, one controller was all I needed to point and click my way through the sky castle. PlayStation VR review: Verdict.

Against. Once the power situation was covered, it was time to piece my virtual station together. I must have had dozens or hundreds of standoffs during my time with Ghost of Tsushima, and it never once got old. Throughout the game, you’ll fight off various Mongols, ronin and bandits.

Since the processor unit is running the show, the HDMI cable that normally would run between your console and the television now connects to the small black box. The PlayStation VR has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels per eye at a refresh rate of 90Hz or 120Hz, depending on the game and an approximately 100-degree field of view. Along the front of the device are smaller versions of the PlayStation traditional face buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross and Square) gathered around the large oval Move button. You can switch among them at-will during battle, and I was quite impressed at how gentle the learning curve is.

However, in most cases, Social Screen simply mirrors what’s in the headset onto the television. Sony placed most of the ballast in the back of this rather stylish, yet unassuming headband, which makes for a more comfortable fit. Weighing 8.2 ounces, the controllers sport a long black plastic body with a white circular bulb resting at the top, which lights up depending on the game currently being played.= At first, your sword options are limited to blocking and attacking. I can’t help but think the game might have been a little more interesting if it made you focus on certain skills and forego others.

Although the VR experience isn’t as visually pristine as either the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, it’s not that far off, avoiding outright jagged graphics and the screen-door effect. A lot of important gameplay cues are blue or orange, and the colors in the environment are quite striking. As the Caped Crusader, I had the opportunity to throw Batarangs, shoot the grappling gun and break down a crime scene with the Forensic Scanner. Against.

Directly below them sits the PlayStation button, which launches the system menu when held for two seconds. I had to readjust everything during Batman: Arkham VR when the camera placed the start location in the center of my couch. As you liberate settlements, you’ll open up more and more of the map, which is a pretty organic way to handle exploration — or you could just jump on your horse and see what’s out there. Ghost of Tsushima review. In terms of play-area dimensions, PS VR’s recommended measurements are 9.8 x 6.2 feet with the PS camera approximately 2 feet away.

Before you can go traipsing through PlayStation-approved virtual worlds, there’s a little matter of setting everything up. I’d often play a single mission in Kurosawa mode, find it frustrating, and change right back. You’ll eventually have to charge the pair of Move controllers, so make sure that you have a couple of free outlets when the time comes. At launch, PS VR players will have 30 games to choose among with prices ranging from free to $59.99.

It took me a while to realize that I had to hold down the trigger button as I maneuvered the controller up, down, left or right to scroll. Badly wounded in the Khan’s initial attack, samurai Jin Sakai vows to oust the Mongols and rescue his uncle, the honorable Lord Shimura, even if he has to embrace deception, terror and assassination to do so. When it ships, the $399 headset will include the processing unit and all of the cables, minus one HDMI port. The game lets you build your own Jin, but doesn’t do anything to reflect the choices you make with him. The battle for VR supremacy just got a lot more interesting.

The music consists of a lot of strings and flutes, as you might expect. Repetitive side missions Huge difficulty spikes Pacing drags in the second half. I wore the headset for approximately 1.5 hours before I took it off to grab a bite to eat. Instead of aping the standard format, usually a large piece of plastic with a pair of cloth headbands attached, Sony’s headset is an exercise in moving parts. As Jin gets more powerful and acquires better gear, you can defeat up to five enemies in a single standoff, like the lone hero in a samurai movie.

Rather than a near-future freedom fighter, the game casts you as a samurai in medieval Japan, substituting swords for superpowers and stealth for scaling tall buildings. Let’s discuss the swordfighting first, as it’s easily the best part of the game. Sony is expecting to have 50 titles available by the end of 2016.

It probably would have gone faster, but I had a bit of trouble getting the camera into the proper position. Familiarity doesn’t have to breed contempt, though, particularly since Ghost of Tsushima has a fast-paced, fun combat system and an excellent setting. Ghost of Tsushima story.

During that time there was no discernable pinching or pressure as the light shield rested gently on my face. PlayStation VR review: By the numbers. There are also character-driven “Tales,” which act like more traditional side quests.

Ghost of Tsushima verdict. Ghost of Tsushima gameplay. Along the bottom is an integrated microphone and an adjustment button that, when pressed, allowed me to slide the faceplate forward or backward to achieve a comfortable fit and an optimal viewing angle.

PlayStation VR review: Design. As the grandson of Genghis and the cousin of Kublai, he feels he must forge his own place in history, and who can blame him? Khotun Khan, cousin of Kublai, intends to lead an army into Japan, using the island of Tsushima as a staging ground. – Repetitive side missions – Huge difficulty spikes – Pacing drags in the second half. Early on, Lord Shimura warned Jin against using shady tactics in a flashback, and I abided by his words.

The sides of the faceplate are stamped with glossy PlayStation logos for a nice visual contrast. Each headset has an accelerometer and gyroscope, but the Rift features a magnetometer and 360-degree positional tracking, while the Vive relies on laser positional tracking and a front-facing camera. There’s even a “Kurosawa filter,” if you want to play through the whole experience like an old samurai movie. If you have any affinity for Japanese history, old samurai films or open-world games with surprisingly good combat, Ghost of Tsushima is a guaranteed good time — at least until the novelty wears off. When it comes to the best virtual reality experience on the market, the crown still belongs to the Vive with its room-tracking capabilities, with the Rift delivering a solid stationary experience.

PS VR titles feel complete and offer the challenging gameplay and fun I expect out of a video game. When I played Job Simulator on all three systems, I noticed that details like text weren’t as sharp as they were on either the Vive or the Rift. However, by about halfway through the game, you’ll probably have mastered all of your favorite abilities. I know I don’t, and I’m a tech journalist.

Tom’s Guide Verdict. Some games only require a single Move, while others make use of two. If Sony can’t prove to companies like Ubisoft, Blizzard and Activision that it’s worth their time to sign on for PS VR, the hardware will shrivel on the vine. If you have an affinity for samurai stories, open-world adventures or refined sword combat, Ghost of Tsushima is an easy recommendation. After hours, you can find him practicing taekwondo or doing deep dives on classic sci-fi.

Most titles such as Batman: Arkham VR, Here They Lie and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood will be PlayStation exclusives. That means if you don’t already have the Move controllers or a PlayStation camera, you’re going to have to shell out $35 per controller and $59 for the camera, placing the price at $528. The main part of the headset is a large black faceplate, called the scope, which has a centrally-placed tracking light.

By the end of the game, you’ll have enough points to master everything. PlayStation VR review: Games and apps. Prepping PS VR for use isn’t nearly as involved as doing so for the HTC Vive, but there are a few more plugs and cables than you’d find with the Oculus Rift . Our Verdict.

In order to operate the remote while wearing the headset, Sony has wisely created some tactile cues. But if you’ve had your fill of liberating towns, collecting doodads and riding from one waypoint to another on horseback, it’s better to just load up a Kurosawa film on HBO Max . But no matter what I played, they transitioned seamlessly between games. PlayStation VR review: Setup. From there, you connect the included camera to the PS4 and connect the power cords. Our Verdict.

But as you learn new skills and defeat Mongol warlords, you’ll learn the “stances” that let you counter different enemy types. It’s all pleasantly atmospheric and gets the job done. The immersion only helps to raise the fun factor. PlayStation VR review: Comfort. This may sound odd, given that it’s a brand-new IP, developed exclusively for the PlayStation 4, and a complete departure from Sucker Punch’s earlier Infamous series.

Aesthetically, the game is very deep, offering you tons of different headbands, helmets, hats, face masks, armor sets, dyes, scabbards and so forth. Speaking of good old DualShock 4, games like Battle Zone only work with the traditional setup, not one or more Move controllers. Marshall Honorof is a senior editor for Tom’s Guide, overseeing the site’s coverage of gaming hardware and software. – Camera can be very exacting – Not as visually sharp as competition.

The processing unit’s other main function is supplying 3D audio to headphones plugged into the headset’s inline remote. Even so, Khotun taunted Shimura with news of my “dishonorable” actions, and an Act II story mission forced me into some extremely dark moral territory. PlayStation VR delivers compelling games in a comfortable, easy-to-use headset that won’t break your budget. But for all of its atmospheric trappings, Ghost of Tsushima is not that dissimilar from Infamous — and extremely similar to Assassin’s Creed. + Fast-paced, fun combat + Extensive character customization + Enjoyable story and characters.

PlayStation VR’s main strength lies in its games, thanks to Sony’s relationships with well-known developers like Rocksteady, Capcom and Double Fine, which could promise a powerhouse library of content. When they first debuted back in 2010, the PlayStation Move controllers were ahead of their time. I’m not sure if most households have a spare mini USB cable lying around.

While those activities were definitely a blast, it was the overall intense experience that left a lasting impression as well as raised the hair at the nape of my neck. Ghost of Tsushima is pretty similar to other open-world games, but a strong combat system and a solid samurai story give it some staying power. Mechanically, though, Ghost of Tsushima actually gets less interesting the longer you play. That’s still cheaper than both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which cost $599 and $799 respectively.

One potentially cool idea is Ghost of Tsushima’s “Kurosawa mode,” which adds a grainy black-and-white filter and changes the framerate somewhat. There’s a white adjustment dial in the back to tighten the grip, but if it’s too uncomfortable, the headband-release button quickly loosens things up. Gamers who don’t currently own a PlayStation 4 or are thinking of upgrading to the PlayStation Pro will also have to set aside an additional $299 for the PlayStation Slim and $399 for the Pro. The Rift needs 5 x 11 feet, while the Vive requires 15 x 15 feet.

The level design is beautiful, from remote fishing villages, to snowy mountains, to fields of autumn leaves. Although the PS VR can give a comparable visual performance, it doesn’t stack up to either the Rift or the Vive. Ghost of Tsushima has a minimalist HUD, and that means there’s no minimap. The white and black remote is larger than what you’d see on a pair of headphones and has buttons for power, mute and volume.

Ghost of Tsushima tells a fictionalized version of the Mongol invasion of Japan in 1274 CE. The headset features Sony’s Sixaxis motion-sensing technology, which is comprised of a three-axis gyroscope and a three-axis accelerometer. The English voices sound a little stilted and don’t always match the characters’ lip movements — almost as though you’re watching a dubbed movie. PlayStation VR review: The return of Move. PlayStation VR review: Little black box.

To fend off the invading Mongol forces, Jin must explore the island of Tsushima, face off against invaders in open combat and sneak his way into fortified settlements with a variety of skills and gadgets. But with Capcom’s horrifying Resident Evil 7 and Double Fine’s Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin set to debut in 2017, it looks like PlayStation has the makings of a solid lineup. Still, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hooked from start to finish. Striking design Games created by well-known companies Fairly easy setup Relatively affordable. I was on edge as I heard an enemy circling me underwater during my Batman playthrough.

A dearth of compatible games seemingly sealed the motion-based controllers’ fate to the Isle of Failed Tech. Lastly, I slid back the right-side compartment on the processor unit to reveal the pair of connectors for the actual headset. Keep in mind that PlayStation VR lacks the visual fidelity of either the Vive or the Rift, and that you’re also missing out on both system’s room-tracking abilities.

For your money, you’re getting a headset that’s comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time and pretty easy to set up. Thirty launch titles is not too shabby, especially when Vive and Rift launched with 28 and 30 titles, respectively. Best of all, there weren’t any telltale headset marks on my face.

It’s incredibly cool to use this mode now and then, but it’s not really practical over the long term. Along the sides rest buttons for Select and Start with a single trigger in the back. Even the Vive controllers can be charged with micro-USB, so if something happens to the cord, they can be swapped out with another you have laying around the house.

Along the left side of the headset is a long black cable that extends downward into the PS VR’s inline remote. However, considering that some of the more affordable VR-ready laptops and desktops start at $999, PlayStation VR is still the most cost-effective option. But Vive’s library has grown to over 600 games and apps.

By Sherri L. However, many of the story missions treat it that way, making them much more tedious and punishing than the side content. It’s an unobtrusive marriage of gameplay and aesthetics, and I wish more games followed its lead. I get the impression that you’re supposed to turn on the Japanese language track and use subtitles, which is an option, although one that I used infrequently. When you’re not fighting off foes, you’ll explore the enormous island of Tsushima, which is divided into three “districts,” each one with a certain number of locations under Mongol control.

For example: You can approach a group of enemies openly and challenge them to a “standoff,” where you need to hold your attack until the last possible second for a one-hit kill. In other words: Ghost of Tsushima is more or less what you’d get if you set an Assassin’s Creed game in Japan, with a bigger focus on aesthetics and sword combat. EDITOR’S NOTE: Ghost of Tsushima won "best story" and "best boss level" in the Tom’s Guide Awards 2021 for gaming.

This is not a tear-your-hair-out, one-false-move-and-you’re-done stealth experience. I was impressed with the pair of earbuds that shipped with the PS VR. However, PlayStation VR offers a value and ease of use that will make it the de facto VR device for the millions of gamers who already own a PlayStation 4. The story in Ghost of Tsushima held my attention from beginning to end, thanks to a clean, logical narrative and a cast of three-dimensional characters. Ghost of Tsushima graphics and sound. + Striking design + Games created by well-known companies + Fairly easy setup + Relatively affordable. But there are a few good twists and turns, and the cast is strong enough to carry the narrative through a few slow patches.

However, the PS VR’s processing unit job is to transmit rather than record. However, like many open-world games, there is so much side content in Ghost of Tsushima that it gets repetitive long before the end — particularly since most of the rewards are meager. The audio was crisp and loud, with good spatial positioning. PlayStation VR review: Sony’s virtual world. I must have had dozens or hundreds of standoffs during my time with Ghost of Tsushima, and it never once got old.

Jin is armed with two upgradeable swords: a long katana for open combat, and a short wakizashi for stealth. He comes from a science writing background, having studied paleomammalogy, biological anthropology, and the history of science and technology. The 40 million people who already own PS4s don’t have to buy another console, just the headset, effectively making it the cheapest high-end VR system on the market.

And it succeeds on pretty much every count. PlayStation VR review: Serious fun for a sane price. In Batman: Arkham VR, my pair of controllers became the bruised fists of the Caped Crusader. Read on for our full Ghost of Tsushima review.

PS VR’s ultimate success will lie with the developers and publishers willing to create games for the platform. Once connected, I was ready to fire up this baby. Of the titles I’ve had the chance to sample, my hands-down favorite is Batman: Arkham VR, in which I literally became the Dark Knight to solve a heartbreaking mystery. Sword combat feels intuitive and fluid, and incorporates some samurai flavor into the mechanics as well as the aesthetics.

The height of my gameplay was when I fed a chicken and then used it to hitch a ride to the next level, all the while being pursued by an angry red robot. The controllers are pretty much the same as when they were first released. Reviewed on a standard 1080p PS4, Ghost of Tsushima looks pretty good. PS VR and the Rift are semi-stationary experiences for now. But like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Move controllers make a triumphant return as a pretty solid pair of virtual hands, or whatever the particular game you’re playing requires them to be.

My favorite aesthetic touch actually has to do with navigation. It’s an open-world historical action game, where you can either sneak your way past enemies or engage them in open combat. However, it also drags on entirely too long and can’t quite reconcile its narrative with its gameplay. The $399 Sony PlayStation VR is an easy entry to gamers intrigued by virtual reality, but not wealthy enough to shell out $1,000 or more.

Smith 01 February 2021. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Move controllers make a triumphant return as a pretty solid pair of virtual hands. There are relaxing hot springs that increase your health. The power button is recessed into the control, while the mute button sits flush, and the pair of volume buttons jut outward.

While Oculus and HTC both have solid games in their arsenal, most of them are demos that give players a taste of what the future could hold. Tom’s Guide Verdict. When all was said and done, I needed only two power outlets: one for the processor unit and another for the PS4.

Despite my voluminous locks, I had no problem getting a secure, comfortable fit with the PS VR. As VR makes its steady ascent into the mainstream, I’m excited to see who’ll embrace the platform next. EDITOR’S NOTE: The PlayStation VR won a "highly recommended" honor for best VR headset in the Tom’s Guide Awards 2021 for gaming. In a world ruled by micro-USB and USB Type-C devices, it boggles the mind that Sony decided to put a mini USB charging port on the controllers.

To capture video or screenshots, you have to hold down the Select button instead of the Share button on the traditional controller. You would never mistake PS VR for one of the other headsets on the market, thanks to its emphasis on comfort. PlayStation VR delivers compelling games in a comfortable, easy-to-use headset that won’t break your budget. Inside the headset, you’ll find the lenses and the 5.7-inch, 1920 x 1080p OLED display and one of my favorite parts of the PSVR, the black soft-touch rubber light shield.

PlayStation VR review: Specs. Then it was time for the software setup, which took about 7 minutes to complete. My only complaint about the Move controllers is how they charge. When everything was finished, I was looking at my PlayStation dashboard in my PS VR.

The processing unit is responsible for powering the Social Screen, which in the case of multiplayer titles like The Playroom VR makes sure the person wearing the headset will see one thing, while others in the room watching the TV will see another, allowing everyone to play. Using Move to navigate the PlayStation dashboard can take some getting used to. Upgrading equipment can be a bit of a pain, since you’ll need to constantly scrounge for supplies and resources, but if you focus your efforts to just a few weapons and armor sets, you’ll have everything you need by the end of the game.

Jin can learn four different fighting styles and switch among them at-will: one to counter swords, one to counter shields, one to counter spears and one to counter huge “brute” enemies. You can also infiltrate enemy bases with stealth, sneaking up on enemies to assassinate them, distracting them with firecrackers, making yourself disappear with smoke bombs and so forth. The voice acting is more of a mixed bag. Ghost of Tsushima is a game you’ve probably played before.

While it’s not as deep as the sword combat, it’s all functional, and fairly forgiving of mistakes. It’s probably one of my favorite games of the year so far. Half the game is open-world exploration, one-quarter is swordfighting and one-quarter is stealth.

You can make a Jin Sakai that probably doesn’t look like any other player’s Jin Sakai — and there’s a very good chance that you can make him look just like the hero of your favorite samurai movie. There are fox dens, where helpful animals will lead you to equippable charms. Ghost of Tsushima exploration and customization. Release date : July 17, 2020 Price : $59.99 / £54.99 Platform : PS4.

My only real complaint was that the story doesn’t reflect the gameplay. I faced every enemy in the game head-on and didn’t touch the underhanded “Ghost” powers. You’ve almost certainly played a game like Ghost of Tsushima before, and it doesn’t do enough with the formula to really stand out in a crowded field. Jin has a ton of skill trees available to him — parrying, dodging, four different swordsman stances, gadgetry, general skills, exploration powers and so forth. Ghost of Tsushima tries to counter this power-creep with massive difficulty spikes at the beginning of each new Act (there are three altogether, one for each district), but the game runs out of new ideas well before the end, making most of Act II and nearly all of Act III a bit of a slog.

After I turned on my TV, PS4 and PS VR, the system ran a quick update for my new piece of hardware. You’ll embark upon a quest for family honor, and grapple with questions of morality during war. There are even quiet spots in nature where you can compose your own haikus.

Attached to the top of the scope is a white halo made of white hard plastic lined with black textured foam. There’s plenty to find. Buoyed by a host of titles including Batman: Arkham VR, Resident Evil 7 and Moss, PlayStation VR is one of the best VR headsets available. If you have a favorite Japanese aesthetic trope, it’s probably in here somewhere, from swirling cherry blossoms to Shinto shrines overlooking the ocean.

A thick white border holds six additional ovular tracking lights that glow when the headset is connected, and look cool to boot. Fast-paced, fun combat Extensive character customization Enjoyable story and characters. The controllers did a great job of blasting baddies in Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, allowing me to dual-wield weapons. f. By comparison, both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift offer 1920 x 1200 per eye with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 110-degree field of view. There are hard-to-reach Shinto shrines that require some nimble platforming. Did I scream and jump violently to my left, knocking over a conference phone in the process, when someone from Batman’s famous rogues’ gallery attacked me from the right?

The answer is a strong maybe, and it’s a really good example of why you need a clear play area. Ghost of Tsushima is pretty similar to other open-world games, but a strong combat system and a solid samurai story give it some staying power. Camera can be very exacting Not as visually sharp as competition. Fantastical sky castles, terrifying haunted houses and gorgeous underwater vistas — this is what PlayStation VR has to offer.

Toward the beginning of the game, I found it difficult to switch between a sword stance and a shield stance; by the end, I was switching stances effortlessly from enemy to enemy, while alternating sword strikes with bows and arrows, blow darts, sticky bombs and throwing daggers (kunai). Another HDMI wire and a USB-to-micro-USB cord are tethered between the processor unit and the console. While other VR headsets have gone with some sort of foam cushioning, the PS VR’s rubber flaps gently brush against the top part of my face. PlayStation VR delivers compelling games in a comfortable, easy-to-use headset that won’t break your budget.

Just as in an airplane, one of the most important components of the PS VR is its little black box. Unlike competing VR systems with their tangles of wires, PlayStation VR is like its companion console, simply plug it in and play. As far as actual room tracking, the Vive is still the only system that allows you to walk around your play space without fear of crashing into a wall or a piece of furniture. Ghost of Tsushima casts you as Jin Sakai: a samurai on the Japanese island of Tsushima in the late 13th century CE. Pulling on the back of the strap reveals black stretchy cables that allows you to fit the device on your head.

As such, to find your next objective, you’ll rely on the Guiding Wind: a gentle breeze that blows grass, flowers and leaves to indicate where to go next. However, games such as Eve:Valkyrie, Job Simulator and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes are available on other platforms. For a more whimsical experience, I explored the world of Wayward Sky, pointing and clicking my way past robots, solving puzzles to get to the next part of the game. The game wants to create a mood more than it wants to recreate the real medieval Tsushima, but it definitely succeeds. The central tension between Jin the samurai and Jin the Ghost is strong enough to carry most of the game, and Khotun Khan turned out to be a better villain than I expected.

As you level up, you can also spend your upgrade points on exploration powers, which help guide you to the next side activity, which is a pretty clever midpoint between wandering aimlessly and just showing you where every side encounter is. You’ll explore the large world map for semi-meaningful side content, riding from objective to objective on horseback, stopping occasionally for some light platforming to reach out-of-the-way collectibles. Having to decide which skill is the most pressing and foregoing other abilities creates a great push-and-pull between “I need this now” and “I might need this later.” If you’ve ever seen a classic samurai film, or learned about the Mongol invasion of Japan, or know the basics of a three-act story structure, there’s nothing mind-blowing here.