But as Sony's promise to integrate the Play Station 4 with Facebook and Microsoft's introduction of Skype to the Xbox One indicate, consoles are becoming as connected as the other devices we use every day.But in addition to regularly connecting to the Internet, the next-gen systems from Microsoft and Sony, due out later this year, will feature sophisticated motion- and voice-controlled technology engineered to recognize individuals.
In terms of the quality of the presentation, there's little doubt that you're getting a phenomenal sense of scale here - and PSVR's excellent handling of the screen-door effect means that the image is soft, rather than pixelated or grainy.
However, we're still looking at a significantly reduced resolution overall, so the effect isn't exactly brilliant.
It's a 'nice' bonus feature to have, as opposed to a genuine alternative to using an HDTV, and this applies whether you're using PS4 or any other HDMI source.
It's also worth pointing out that 3D sources are processed in stereo - which would have been a nice bonus feature.
So in theory, it's definitely possible, but it would require a great deal of reverse engineering.
For starters, the USB protocols would need to be intercepted and reversed (we imagine that off-the-shelf controllers are used, which should make life easier) while the tracking solution would need to be rewritten from scratch to accommodate PSVR's unique RGB lighting set-up, for headset, Dual Shock 4 and PS Move support.
So with that in mind, PSVR treats any standard HDMI input exactly as it would if it were coming from the Play Station 4.
It's a neat trick, but it's safe to say that the use-case scenarios are highly limited and of course, it should go without saying that PSVR should only be purchased primarily for use with Play Station 4 hardware.
And even then, the task would not be complete - the entire project would need to be integrated into an existing VR framework in order to make existing PC titles work with the hardware. As things stand, PSVR compatibility with other systems - such as it is - is a happy accident of the system utilising an existing standard.