Resident Evil 7 proves that PSVR can be more than just a novelty

It was my birthday last week and, thanks to some tactical holiday allocation in 2016, I managed to roll five days over into 2017 which I used to give myself a whole week off work to celebrate.

While most people would have spent that time on a nice relaxing holiday somewhere warm, I strapped on a PSVR headset and threw myself into the gore-soaked murder maze that is Resident Evil 7.

I’ve had this sinking feeling about PSVR for a while now. Was it really worth all that money I spent? Will we ever get to play something that’s not a 20-minute ‘experience’ or a cockpit game? I wasn’t so sure, but during the it took me to finish the game, my hopes that PSVR could be more than just a novelty were well and truly lifted.

Watch: The best and worst PSVR games of 2016

It’s been a pretty interesting year in terms of hardware; with the launch of the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, Sony’s console managed to get both thinner and thicker. Then there was PSVR, which gave people a reason to own Playstation Move controllers again.

After previewing a couple of games, Ian decided he quite fancied sticking his face in a £350 face visor and preordered. His experiences have been a little mixed, to be honest, so he’s made the below video to discuss his time with PSVR thus far.

And there you have it, a fairly comprehensive look at PSVR’s 2016 lineup. Do your opinions match up with Ian’s, or is he objectively wrong? Let us know in the comments below.

Sony’s £130 Platinum Wireless PS4 headset comes out in January

Sony’s £130 Platinum Wireless Headset comes out in Europe on 16th January 2017.

The high-end gaming headset includes 7.1 virtual surround-sound fuelled by PlayStation’s proprietary 3D audio tech. The 3D audio tech is lifted from PSVR games, so effects sound like they’re coming from all directions, including above and below. In Uncharted 4, for example, you’ll hear characters call Nathan Drake from downstairs.

There’s a pair of 50mm speaker drivers, multi-position, noise-cancelling microphones and a built-in rechargeable battery.

Oculus Rift streaming support for Xbox One is now live

You can now stream Xbox One games – including backwards compatible Xbox 360 games – onto Oculus Rift.

Microsoft just this new feature as an update for the Xbox One Streaming app. So long as your Xbox One and PC are connected to the same network, you’ll be able to view your Xbox games in one of three virtual theaters, just like you’re playing video games on the big screen (albeit in lower res quality than your TV). Think of it as VR off-screen play.

PlayStation VR offered a similar “cinema mode”, which weirdly (along with Wii U and PCs, for that matter), with the caveat that you’d need to have it plugged into your PS4 running alongside the console you were using the PSVR on.

Ubisoft’s VR line-up will support cross-platform play

Ubisoft is attempting to bring together the rather fragmented VR market by making its trio of impending VR titles support cross-play across various devices and platforms.

This means that owners of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR can all play Eagle Flight, Star Trek: Bridge Crew, and Werewolves Within together.

Eagle Flight is already available on PSVR and Oculus Rift, while its HTC Vive version will arrive on 20th December.

How does PS4 Pro improve the PlayStation VR experience?

Some might say that the new PlayStation 4 Pro is better equipped for enhanced VR gaming as opposed to its stated purpose of adapting titles for ultra HD displays. Effectively doubling GPU power over base hardware opens up a range of options for improving PlayStation VR titles – an area where smooth frame-rates take priority over image quality or graphical features on standard PS4 hardware. So the question is simple: to what extent does PSVR benefit with a PS4 Pro upgrade?

Of course, we need to bear in mind that it’s early days for PS4 Pro development in general, as evidenced by a small number of sub-optimal ports we’ve seen so far. On top of that, there are commercial considerations to take into account. Development budgets for VR will be constrained enough already, owing to the relatively limited number of launch units out in the wild. To add support for this specific combination of PS4 Pro and PSVR – a subset of an already small installed base – is perhaps a hard sell for a developer when it comes to allocating development resources.

This may explain , hinting that only a few visual features are enabled in PSVR’s flagship racer on PlayStation 4 Pro. As it happens, we struggled to find any at all, though further comparisons revealed enhanced reflections are enabled on the body work of the car. Otherwise, the rest of our comparisons came up empty. Admittedly, we are hamstrung here; the social feed limits resolution, making pixel-count comparisons difficult. And even access to the HMD feed offers limited results owing to the distortion pass added to account for PSVR’s lenses. Truly, there is nothing quite like actually putting on the headset to judge the actual differences – something we can’t really present in an article, or even a video.

Obduction is coming to PS4 with PSVR support

Obduction, the spiritual successor to Myst made by that series’ creator Cyan, is coming to PS4.

Better yet, it will have PlayStation VR support.

This may not come as a surprise, as the game’s PC version received Oculus Rift support on Halloween, approximately two months after its late August launch.

Watch: Ian spreads his wings with Eagle Flight on PSVR

Nothing ruffles my feathers more than trying to film a let’s play of a multiplayer game and finding out that all the lobbies are empty. It’s incredibly hawkward to be owl by yourself but that’s exactly what happened when I tried out Ubisoft’s newly released PSVR title, Eagle Flight.

Still, I did manage to get one match out of the fledgling release, so my video wasn’t completely fowled up. I also tried out some of the single player story, so I think you’ll get some emusement out of my avian adventures.

Even though my experience in this video wasn’t the best, you shouldn’t chicken out if you’d previously been interested in picking it up. Eagle Flight is actually a rather satisfying game to play, especially once you’ve mastered the controls. The free roam mode is incredibly relaxing and if and when you do manage to get into a full multiplayer match, the dodging and diving can really get your heart racing. Just, watch out for those trees…

Sony edges closer to 50m PS4 sales, PSVR “on track”

Sony’s latest financials reveal a further 3.9m PlayStation 4 consoles were shipped between the start of July and end of September, taking the worldwide tally up to 47.4m PS4s shipped. .

That three-month period included the launch of , which arrived in 500GB form 16th September, and 1TB form 29th September.

That three-month period did not include the 13th October launch of PlayStation VR, sales of which, Sony said in the financial report, “are on track”.