In PlayStation 4?s recent software update, new Health and Safety disclaimers now include a message regarding Sony?s upcoming PS4-based VR system PlayStation VR (PSVR), particularly that it is not to be used by anyone under the age of 12 years.
As reported by Eurogamer, the guidelines advise gamers on how PSVR is to be used.
?The VR headset is not to be used by children under 12 years of age. Check what is around and remove barriers before use. Take measures to prevent pets, children or other obstacles from getting into the area before use,? it stipulated.
?Some people may experience motion sickness, nausea, disorientation, blurred vision or other discomfort while viewing the contents of the virtual reality. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop use immediately and remove the VR headset.?
Although virtual reality has been maturing and evolving at a remarkable rate, it is still in its early stages. As such, not much is known about its use and effects on the physiology, even psychology, of a person. It stands to reason that virtual reality may not be for everyone.
Why the cut off age of 12 years has been chosen by Sony is yet unknown. Perhaps it may be because of the design of the headset, that it may simply not fit a child?s head. Although there are many factors to consider in giving children VR experiences, both in terms of health and safety as well as suitability of content that is greatly enhanced by the medium.
Interestingly, other VR headset makers, such as HTC and Oculus, have failed to mention any adverse effects for children. However, they admit that prolonged use can definitely strain the eyes and make them tired, but they are yet to announce a clear warning or age limit.
The PSVR was codenamed ?Project Morpheus? and will be out later this year. The PSVR has yet to receive a specific release date or price. It is hoped though that Sony?s headset will be more affordable than its rival products.