Like Entropy? You’ll Love Watching This PlayStation VR Teardown Video
Sony’s PSVR system goes on sale Thursday, completing the consumer virtual-reality triad of 2016. Of course, where the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive draw on the processing power of a high-end PC, the PSVR runs on Sony’s PlayStation 4—more than 40 million of which have sold since the game console’s launch three years ago. That’s a big pool of purchase potential, and while a PS4 can’t provide the same high-octane boost as a high-end desktop computer, the PSVR’s $399 price might be enough to make people overlook the incremental performance hit.
But what exactly lurks within PSVR’s futuristic form factor? In this video, we see Sony Interactive Entertainment mechanical design director Takamasa Araki disassemble the VR headset screw by screw, laying its innards bare. There’s not much detail about the system’s specs—the 5.7-inch OLED display, say, or the Sixaxis motion sensors embedded in the headset that help a Playstation Camera track it in space—or the external processor unit that helps mirror your VR experience on the TV (or allows non-VR players to play alongside the PSVR wearer). Nope, this is just a methodical deconstruction: one screwdriver, one pair of tweezers, and one guy in what we have to say is a pretty great shirt.
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