PlayStation VR2
Also known asPS VR2 (abbreviation)
DeveloperSony Interactive Entertainment
ManufacturerSony
Product familyPlayStation
TypeVirtual reality headset
GenerationNinth
Release dateFebruary 22, 2023 (2023-02-22)
Introductory price$549.99 / €599.99 / £529.99
Display2000x2040 pixels per eye, OLED, HDR, 110° field of view
Controller inputPlayStation VR2 Sense controller
Camera4 x outward-facing, 2 x inward-facing (for eye-tracking)
PlatformPlayStation 5
Backward
compatibility
No
PredecessorPS VR
Websiteplaystation.com/ps-vr2/

The PlayStation VR2 (PS VR2) is an upcoming virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 5 home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment set to be released February 22, 2023.[1][2]

History

Sony's first PlayStation VR was released in 2016. Sony announced the PlayStation VR2 for the PlayStation 5 at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show.[3][4]

A release date of February 22, 2023, and a retail price of $549.99 was announced in November 2, 2022 at the official PlayStation Blog.[5]

Hardware

The headset will connect to the PlayStation 5 console with a single USB-C cable.[1] Unlike the first generation PlayStation VR, which tracked player movements through an external PlayStation Camera, the PS VR2 will track movements by four cameras mounted on the headset.[1][2]

The PlayStation VR2 will have an OLED panel with a 4K display resolution.[1] Each display will have a resolution of 2,000 x 2,040 pixels.[2] The headset has two inward-facing eye-tracking cameras. It uses eye-tracking to enable games to use Foveated rendering, a performance optimization technique where the render resolution of the game is reduced in areas where the player is not looking.[2]

The PS VR2 will also feature the new "Sense" controllers.[1] The features of these controllers include the same haptic feedback and adaptive triggers of the DualSense, as well as some limited finger tracking.[1]

PS VR2 cannot play first generation PS VR games. Sony explains that this is because the PS VR2 was designed to deliver "a truly next-generation VR experience".[6][7]

Games and content

More than 20 games are in development for PS VR2 from PlayStation Studios and third party partners, including Resident Evil Village, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution, No Man's Sky, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge, Demeo and PS VR2 exclusive Horizon Call of the Mountain.[8] Gran Turismo 7 and Beat Saber were also confirmed in January.[9]

Reception

Early previews have been positive.[1] The Sense controllers received acclaim from CNET.[2] The lack of backward compatibility, and the price of the headset received mixed reaction.[10][11][12][13]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Peters, Jay; Song, Victoria (14 September 2022). "We finally got our hands and eyes on the PlayStation VR2". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e Stein, Scott (16 September 2022). "PlayStation VR 2 Hands-On: Sony's Upcoming PS5 VR Headset Wowed Me". CNET. Red Ventures. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Introducing the next generation of VR on PlayStation". PlayStation.Blog. February 23, 2021. Retrieved October 5, 2022.
  4. ^ Hussain, Tamoor (January 4, 2022). "PlayStation VR2 Detailed, Horizon: Call Of The Mountain Announced". GameSpot. Retrieved October 5, 2022.
  5. ^ "PlayStation VR2 launches in February at $549.99". PlayStation.Blog. 2022-11-02. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  6. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (2022-09-16). "PSVR2 isn't compatible with PSVR games, Sony says". Polygon. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  7. ^ "Official PlayStation Podcast Episode 439: Virtual Impressions". PlayStation.Blog. 2022-09-16. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  8. ^ "PS VR2 Tech Specs | PlayStation VR2 display, setup and compatibility". PlayStation. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  9. ^ Galloway, Ryan (2023-01-05). "Gran Turismo 7, Beat Saber, and more than 30 other games set for PSVR2 lineup". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2023-01-05.
  10. ^ Borman, Max (2022-09-22). "PSVR 2 Not Being Backward Compatible with PSVR is a Disservice". Game Rant. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  11. ^ published, Dustin Bailey (2022-09-16). "Sony says PSVR 2 is too good to be backwards compatible with PSVR games". gamesradar. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  12. ^ published, Duncan Robertson (2022-11-02). "The PSVR2 price is crazy, but not insane". gamesradar. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  13. ^ published, Dustin Bailey (2022-11-02). "VR enthusiasts love the PSVR 2 price - everyone else hates it". gamesradar. Retrieved 2022-11-30.