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The PlayStation VR (abbreviated PSVR and known by the codename Project Morpheus during development) is a virtual reality headset developed by Sony that was released in October 2016. PlayStation Camera, which is required, is sold separately. Initially unveiled in GDC 2014, PlayStation VR is compatible with PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. PlayStation VR features a stylish and sleek visor with a wide display, 6 degrees of freedom head tracker, and a 3D audio output. Worldwide sales of the PlayStation VR have exceeded 4.2 million as of March 2019.


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PlayStation VR's curved, stylish black visor is worn over the eyes. This visor features a 1080p HD OLED display with 960 x 1080 resolution for each eye. Its edges are lined with LEDs that emit a blue light while the device is in use. A white headband-like apparatus extruding from top of the visor is worn over the head to help securely and comfortably wear the visor. An additional black strap is also worn around the head to further adhere the visor. A sensor placed at the back of the head allows users to make 180-degree turns while allowing PSVR to accurately detect their line of sight.

PlayStation VR can connect to a PlayStation 4 for information processing and streaming. A small, black box called the External Processing Unit (abbreviated as EPU and also called Breakout Box) is required for connection to the PS4. The EPU handles the output of HMD view to a monitor, 3D audio processing, and displays PS4's software interface in the Cinematic mode.

PlayStation VR integrates with various other products in the PlayStation universe such as PlayStation Camera, PS Move, and PS4 Controller. PSVR integrates with the PlayStation Camera to accurately track the user's head movements and positions. With the help of the 9 LEDs on the HMD, the PS Camera tracks the user up to 1,000 times per second. The camera allows more precise tracking when combined with in-helmet sensors. PlayStation VR uses 3D audio technology developed by Sony. Users will not only experience sound from left, right, front, and back, but also from above and below.