PlayStation VR Worlds is Sony’s primary first-party foray into the virtual reality dimension. This is less a series of fully-featured games, than a series of technical demos, but it’s still very good at what it does. The game works well as an entry point for people who are new to VR, but it remains to be seen how it will work for well-seasoned pros. This review seeks to not only let users know whether the game is worth the price, but whether it’s worth your time.
PlayStation VR Worlds: Specs
|Game Genre||Action, Adventure, Sports|
|PEGI Rating||16+ (bad language, violence)|
|Features||PS Move Features, Network Features, Vibration Function|
- The London Heist, a dramatic shoot-out that puts players in the shoes of London mobsters.
- Ocean Descent, a mostly-passive descent into the depths of the sea, while observing numerous types of sea life up close.
- VR Luge, a high-speed street race that players steer virtually.
- Scavenger’s Odyssey, a science fiction game that puts players in control of a race towards a dangerous artifact.
- Danger Ball, a far-future competitive sports game, in which players must master both the field and their own reflexes.
The games included in VR Worlds are of a vastly different quality, but they all do a great job of introducing players to various control schemes involved with VR. This collection can be considered both a pricey tutorial to using a virtual reality headset, and a selection of minigames. Fortunately, there’s a lot to love in this tutorial set.
Pros & Cons
PlayStation VR Worlds: Design & Requirements
Unlike most games in the VR universe, you’ll need very specific equipment to run this game. This is, thus far, the only VR game that actually requires you to purchase a current-generation console. While the PlayStation 4 from Sony is a great console in and of itself, it’s only a small part of what you’ll need to get the full VR experience.
You’ll also need the PlayStation VR headset (which we have a full review of), the PlayStation Eye camera, and the PlayStation Move controller set. These are all available bundled together, which is the cheapest way to get a VR setup on the market today. Don’t mistake a low price for a budget option, though – this is still a solid VR setup.
PlayStation VR Worlds: Controls & Display
The controls for the game are relatively simple. You’ll use either the headset itself, or the Move controllers for all the games. There’s not a lot of complicated movement here, especially since the games are so basic. It will, however, take a moment to get used to the head movements required for the game.
All of the games are displayed through the PlayStation VR headset. The headset itself also takes a bit of getting used to, especially if you haven’t played VR games before. It’s generally a good idea to take breaks between games, especially if you are prone to headaches or to motion sickness.
PlayStation VR Worlds: Setup
Setting up this game is incredibly easy, especially for a VR product. PSVR has a relatively simple set-up process that the system will guide you through. Once you’ve done that, setup is as easy as installing the game to your PlayStation 4 system. That doesn’t mean you’re done, but the basic tweaking you’ll need to do next is simple.
PlayStation VR Worlds: User Experience
It’s hard to quantify the user experience here, since the five games included are very different. Most players are going to love a few of the games, and be indifferent to the others. Like most of what’s out on VR right now, you’ll walk away with a feeling of potential, rather than a feeling of playing an enjoyable game. That’s not to say that there aren’t great things about these games – there are – but most of what you’re experiencing feels like a first iteration. It’s not disappointing, but you probably won’t be fulfilled.
It’s important to note that this game collection is exclusive to the PlayStation VR headset. It will never be released on a competitor’s platform, which makes it a rare game in the VR universe. If you are interested in this game, then, there’s only one place where you can experience it.
While there’s a lot of fun to be had in Danger Ball, most of these games are one-and-done experiences. You’ll see everything there is to see quickly, and move on. This is probably intentional, though – after all, this is a collection of tech demos, not AAA games. If you can embrace it for what it is, you’ll get a great deal of joy from the games. If you can’t, you’ll want to start looking elsewhere for fun on the PSVR platform. Agree? Disagree? Let us know!