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Hardware & MiscellaneousOpinions and verdict by Zimtok5Twitch.tv/Zimtok5
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-Oculus RiftYes19 Dec 2016ZIM's overall favourite. Lightest & end-to-end easiest of the VR headsets to set up and use daily. Best quality available software (in contrast, PSVR has limited supply, Vive has a lot - but many more duds and less AAA-experiences). On board audio is particuarly impressive. Same for the mic, which is great quality and leads to easy social experiences. Coupled with Touch, there is no question it's the best overall VR setup. FOV less than the PSVR, but only noticable going headset to headset (feels like an approx 15% difference).User depending, you may see 'god rays' with the new lenses. This was quite apparent moving from the Oculus Rift DK2 and a material disappointment, but you do 'get used to it'. Oculus' shipping times were poor in early 2016, but have improved. They're still not quite to 'standard' and hence be prepared to wait. If you want full board roomscale, the Vive is a better choice (for now). Standing/one-step movement is fine, but crawl around the room type VR experiences just aren't there for Rift given hardware limitations.£549.00
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-Oculus TouchYes16 Dec 2016Feels natural, certainly more so than the Vive controllers. The way they rest in your hand and the magical battery compartments are just excellent, unique designs. My natural reaction when away from Touch was to dream about getting back in again. They're the controllers of 2016, for sure. No doubt about that. Now, looking forward to haptic gloves.Haptic feedback at present hasn't wowed as much as I would have hoped. For now, the Vive stands as the better tactile experience for me, but overall the Touch wins out clearly. Price seems about on-par for what we would expect, but still quite a few pennies for a controller. The addition to the VR experience is worth it, so get saving.£189.00
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-HTC Vive incl. ControllersYes19 Dec 2016Holodeck experience. You want roomscale? Vive delivers. The headset is robust and can take a knocking, including the controllers which seem to shrug off blows to walls and such. The Vive was the first headset for me to deliver true "forget where your body is" presence. It's truly amazing how lost you can get in this and you need to take care for those items and people around you, for sure. For how many pieces there are, setup is well instructed. Do mind the amount of room needed - it's not safe trying to fudge it.Software is really hit-and-miss so do your research. Some titles are clearly incredible and very well designed, but there is a literal mountain of quick cash in's and experiments, so know what you're getting into. Headset is heavy compared to the others and gaming on this for > 3-4 hours can be a problem. You will likely get sweaty, so be prepared to wash the foam and buy a VR cover or similar so you can wash and exchange it. In this way, it works well. The Vive box is truly enormous (nearly wouldn't fit into my attic for storage). Caveat emptor: Controllers are not pee proof.£759.00
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-PlayStation VRYes19 Dec 2016For the money, I can't imagine better VR 'value'. On a budget, this set actually competes with the Rift/Vive, which is an amazing and applaudable achievement by Sony. FOV feels both taller/wider and the lenses are 'clearer' whilst the visuals on stock PS4 are a low-res and muddy, but the PS4 Pro improves this very slightly. (For reference, I ran with a PS4 for a month before getting the PS4 Pro - see separate review). Setup was a little cumbersome, but once ready, it truly is pick up and play. Getting to social experiences (Drive Club VR) etc. are more cumbersome than the PC equivalents, which is a surprise (too many software hops to take). All-in-all, "is it worth the money?". Yes, it is. Although, with the high software prices, it does feel a bit like a payment programme, so will be easier for those with cashflow challenges or students wanting their first VR headset. The PSVR presents a very welcome road to VR for new starters.Games are expensive, roughly 20-30% more than other headsets. Also, who said this looks cool? Beauty must be in the eye of the beholder, because my wife and I agree this looks like a kids toy compared to it's bigger brothers, the Rift/Vive. Plastic is quite fragile feeling compared to other headsets and as such, no way would I allow an 8 year old or thereabouts handle it. (Risk to break it) Cable box on headset for audio tie-in is poorly designed and the break-out box should rest on floor not hang mid-air with dragging weight. Annoying! Albeit a comfortable headset and nifty adjustmet keeping it off your face, the plastic flaps blocking light can get a little annoying. ... Now, next to my TV, where do I store this bloody thing, so the kids don't get at it? :)
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-VR Cover - Vive 18mm FoamYes19 Dec 2016Great feeling padding, my favourite of what VR Cover produce. Easy to wipe down and leave on the headset, so the most low maintenance of the covers.None yet discovered, I love how this feels and operates. Disappeared from the store, as I can only find the 6mm foam now?? (Seems to be on Amazon.com only) If they ever re-stock, I note that shipping straight from manufacturer can take 2-3 weeks, as comes from Thailand.
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-Buttkicker Gamer2 Bass Shaker KitYes19 Dec 2016VR enthusiast wanting more immersion? This is a perfect next step. The change is impressive, partiucarly for jump scares or 'feeling' the grip of tyres in a racing game e.g. Assetto Corsa or DiRT Rally. Games like Dreadhalls and Monstrum get terrifying with the extra kick you get up the rear any time a punchy surprising bass noise comes in. Space games like Elite Dangerous also benefit, being able to feel the engine wind up.Price is high so it will feel like a gamble. Needed a component re-fit after a few months. The UK conversion mustn't have been good enough.£155.00
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-Logitech G27 Wheel & Shifter ComboYes19 Dec 2016A powerful, low noise (quite a quiet wheel - unnoticeable), high build quality package (especially pedals which are medal. Wheel, shifter, and pedals have a lot of cables going between them (4) but the end result is great. Force feedback is believable, shifter is strong and extra buttons help. Game support is high as well.
Sold out! Try the newest in the range. Plastic C-clamps could be better at holding to a desk, as these seem to need reinforcement. The set is big so you'll either need to dedicate space or be willing to spend 10 mins setting it up and storing it while it's not in use.£160.00
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-SubPac M2Maybe6 Jul 2017Wearable subwoofer; worn like a hydro pack. Impressive immersive effect when combined with sound/beat games or horror titles. Not heavy, but still noticable weight. I'd recommend this if it wasn't for the price. At £120-150 the unit is certainly worth the effect. For it's retail tag... yikes. Most won't justify spending that much. The battery (even on a used set) lasted me 6.5+ hours on full volume. I was really impressed with that.Price - price - price. Buy it used if you're going to get one; a set that's been well looked after and maybe £100 knocked off the tag. It's also a little bit "cable town" when wired up. I hesitate to wear in public for fear someone thinks I'm the unibomber. Ha. ... But seriously. It runs off a battery that needs recharging.£360.00
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-VR Cover - Rift v2 incl. facial interfaceMaybe19 Dec 2016Excellent set. Plastic facial interface is perfect; the pad is comfortable, and the 'dark denim' looking cover is sleek, matches the Rift well (keep the 'business savvy' look unlike past covers) and fixes the issues of slip with past covers thanks to a 2-way wrap/catch onto the facial interface. All-in-all, very well engineered. Why 2 pads and 1 cover? I'd rather have 2 covers and just 1 pad. Price is too high by maybe $10... seeing these for nearer £29.99 GBP, would be fair. But, they've got the market cornered, so we're a little held to ransom.

[Update Q2 2017: They now offer this!]
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-VR Cover - Vive 6mm FoamMaybe19 Dec 2016Easy to mount.
Too slim for my liking and I don't buy into the 'get face closer for improved FOV' from experience.?
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-PlayStation 4 ProMaybe19 Dec 2016Nicely designed console. Compared to the PS4 (original), it is only marginally bigger - whereas it looked in photos like it would be a good half inch thicker. It's not. Design of buttons is better too - they are press buttons, not touch/capacitive, which was a welcome change.
If you don't already have a PS4, then go for the Pro. However, if you don't, the present ~10% benefit just isn't worth the trade in. Wait for a price drop for the swap. No Blu-Ray? I've not tested it but heard it's not in the unit any more, which is an odd exclusion.£349.00
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-New Sony PlayStation 4 Camera (PSVR)Maybe19 Dec 2016You need it for PSVR, might as well get the newest one.Mounting bracket is downright odd. Doesn't actually hold on my TFT monitor without some sticky blutack.£39.00
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-VR Cover - Rift v1No19 Dec 2016Soft cotton, easy to replace. (But not many other positives.)Loose and ill-fitting. I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy these. Overpriced and a product that should be withdrawn from the VR Cover store.?
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-Microsoft HoloLensNo18 Dec 2016Demoed at #i59. The technology works without lag or cables; entirely self contained headset. The one 'game/demo' I played with creatures coming out of the walls ran flawlessly and was able to map to surfaces without any notable errors aside from putting a few off the surface floating in space. Overall, shows what AR will do in a few years' time.Price tag is a complete joke for consumers. Very restricted FOV, like a wide envelope at arms reach; that's all the interaction area you get. The headset does not look good - rather like a blown up version of some beach sunglasses, oversized for a gag. You'd have to be a serious dev to consider picking one of these up. Not a toy!£3,000.00
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-HTC Vive Wireless KitNoBe wire free.Battery too short to be stream-worthyTBC
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