Any unknowing parents that want a Playstation VR headset in order to have their consoles serve as babysitters for their kids would be better off getting a live babysitter if their children are under 12 years old.
The Health and Safety information for the Playstation VR headset was released in the beta for firmware update 3.50, which among other health and safety instructions (read the instruction manual, review surroundings and clear away obstacles, stop using the headset if you feel nauseous or dizzy) there’s one notable recommendation:
“The VR headset is not for use by children under age 12.”
Say goodbye to a possible Christmas gift, parents.
The reasons for the restriction are fairly reasonable when considering who the headset’s audience is: 12-year-old kids and those that are younger can react very badly to vomiting and dizziness, and could also develop psychological issues due to the disconnect from actual reality and virtual reality.
The Playstation VR headset is only one of the numerous VR products that are in development right now, alongside such things as the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. However, the various above problems with nausea and dizziness could cause something of a backlash among users, despite the revelation that such symptoms can be lessened by listening to music while playing.
While Playstation has yet to announce a release date for the Playstation VR headset, they may unveil it at GDC this year, along with its price. GDC will take place in San Francisco on March 15. Journalists that attend will be allowed several hours of hands-on time with the headset.
However, if the headset isn’t unveiled at GDC, the next big gaming convention that we can expect to possibly hear something on would have to be this year’s E3, in June. But we’ll just have to see how that pans out before we make any kind of assumption.