As the release of PS VR2 draws closer, we are slowly learning more about what we can expect from Sony’s latest virtual reality headset. We have gotten several updates on the system so far, each giving us more clues as to what PS VR2 has in store.
Virtual reality quickly seems to be becoming the future of gaming, and PS VR2 is shaping up to be the headset that could take us there. Here is everything we know about PS VR2 so far.
What Will PS VR2 Look Like?
The system’s official design was revealed in an update posted to the PlayStation Blog on Feb 22, 2022. While it does bear similarities to the original PS VR, they are most definitely sisters, not twins.
The new PS VR2 headset (pictured above) features a similar design to its predecessor. It has retained the adjustable halo strap that made it one of the most comfortable headsets on the market, as well as the same rounded shape as its older counterpart.
It has, however, upgraded to the sleek black and white color scheme of the PlayStation 5. The resemblance PS VR2 bears to PlayStation’s ninth-gen console means they will certainly make an attractive pair on any gamer’s mantel. But while it is nice, the color scheme wasn’t the biggest design change that caught the attention of gamers.
The PS VR 2 will be ditting the dated PlayStation Move controllers that were first released in 2010 alongside the PS3. Instead, these controllers will be replaced with the next-gen PS VR2 controllers, which are more akin to those of the Meta Quest 2.
PS VR2 will be adopting the inside-out tracking system for its controllers. The inside-out tracking system uses a series of LED lights applied to both the controllers and the headset itself, meaning that no matter where you are located, the headset should always be in range of the controllers.
This method of motion tracking is what the Meta Quest 2 uses and has proven to have superior reliability when compared to the previous PS VR controllers. It should be a vast improvement from the PS VR and it’s certainly one we are excited about.
Wired vs. Wireless
Much to gamers’ dismay, PS VR2 will still be a wired system that connects directly to the PlayStation console. There are many pros and cons to a wired headset.
A wired VR headset means you never have to worry about your system’s battery life and, at the very least, it would make the price point far cheaper than a wireless alternative.
An issue that plagued dedicated VR users is the system’s screen fogging up after long play sessions. PS VR2 will include a solution to this problem by including vents to improve air circulation throughout the headset.
Yujin Morisawa, Senior Art Director at SIE who led the headset design of PS VR2 explained in the PlayStation Blog post, “When I started to work on the design for the PlayStation VR2 headset, one of the areas I wanted to focus on first was the idea of creating a vent in the headset to let air out, similar to the vents on the PS5 console that allows airflow”.
This small but important design feature can be found between the top and front surfaces of the scope in the final design of PS VR2.
PS VR2 Features and Specs
According to the PS VR2 product page on the PlayStation website, PS VR2 will feature:
|Display||Fresnel OLED screen|
|Resolution||4K HDR, 2000 x 2040 per eye|
|Refresh rate||90, 120 Hz|
|FSR||Flexible scaling resolution concentrates rendering resources on the player’s area of focus|
|Haptics in headset||Yes|
|Controllers||Adaptive triggers, capacitive touch sensors|
This is a huge upgrade from the original PS VR which had only a 100-degree field of view, and a 1920×1080 per eye OLED display. The original PS VR did suffer from graphical issues, including blurry visuals and the screen door effect. These improved specs will hopefully resolve most of them.
One of the most exciting new features of PS VR2 is its eye-tracking capabilities. This uses sensors that can detect the movements of your eye, allowing the headset to adjust without the need for the user to move their whole head.
There are VR headsets on the market that currently make use of eye-tracking technology, but they have mainly been business-focused headsets. It will be incredible to see what eye-tracking technology can do for the world of VR gaming.
Another update posted to the PlayStation Blog on July 26, 2022, revealed several more of the PS VR2’s key features, one of these being a see-through view feature. The switch from using the PlayStation Eye camera to embedding one in the headset itself allows users to access PS VR2’s camera while still wearing the headset. By touching the function button on the side of the headset, players can turn on the internal camera to view their surroundings.
This feature is a great quality of life improvement. By allowing gamers to check their phone if they are receiving a call or even find their lost PS VR2 controllers without having to remove the headset itself, they will be able to have a more seamless VR gaming experience.
This internal camera is what allows the PS VR’s competitor, the Meta Quest 2, to track the movement of players’ fingers. This ultimately allows players to use the headset without controllers in compatible games. If you are interested in giving some controller-free VR games a go, check out the best VR games to play without a controller.
Customizable Play Area
Another issue that Sony is addressing with PS VR2 is the lack of safety features the original PR VR had. Immersion is the name of the game with virtual reality. This makes it incredibly easy to get so involved in your game that you completely lose track of your surroundings.
The game’s reality becomes your reality. We have all seen videos online where people become so immersed that they run headfirst into a wall or punch their TV square in the face because they thought it was a face-eating zombie.
PS VR2 will allow players to create a customizable play area. Using PS VR2 to map out their surroundings, users can draw a boundary in which they can safely play. The system will alert the player when they are getting close to the edge of the boundary, so they can move back into the safe zone.
PS VR2 could also change the game for Twitch streamers. Using the PS5 HD camera, players can stream an image of themselves using their VR headset directly to their streaming service.
The picture of the streamer will be overlayed on top of a feed from the headset itself to give viewers a first-hand account of everything going on during that intense boss battle. This feature will make streaming from the device easier than ever for content creators.
What Games Will Be on PS VR2?
Tech and specs in VR headsets are great, but what use are they if there are no games to put them to use? Thankfully, this doesn’t appear to be an issue with PS VR2. During the Game & Network Services portion of Sony’s 2022 Business Segment Briefings (slide 23), Jim Ryan revealed that PS VR2 will be releasing with 20+ first and third-party games at launch.
Some of these games have already been announced, such as Horizon: Call of the Mountain. Horizon: Call of the Mountain is being specifically for PS VR2 and is expected to be a launch title for the new system that takes full advantage of PS VR2’s upgraded features.
Like the PS VR, you will also be able to play any game with PS VR2, thanks to its cinematic mode. Cinematic mode allows you to reach peak immersion with any of your favorite PlayStation games and expands the PS VR library tenfold.
It is worth noting, however, that PS VR2 is PlayStation 5-exclusive hardware and no original PS VR games are expected to release on the PlayStation 5. So while you can use PS VR2 to play backward-compatible PS4 titles on the PS5, the two headsets will not be interchangeable.
You can also use cinematic mode to watch Blu-ray movies through your PlayStation or even stream shows from Netflix and other apps.
Cinematic mode on PS VR2 will operate in 1920×1080 HDR video format with 24/60Hz and a frame rate of 120Hz.
When Will PS VR2 Be Released?
While a lot of information has been released by PlayStation regarding its next-gen VR headset, we still don’t have a confirmed release date or price for the console.
Fans are left to speculate on the PS VR2’s price, and when it might be released. But due to updates ramping up and game announcements, it is possible that PS VR2 could be hitting shelves sometime in 2023.
Now It’s Just a Waiting Game
This is a summary of all the information we have about PS VR2 so far. It’s just a matter of time until we get another update, possibly including pricing and a release date for PS VR2.
Sony traditionally sticks to a holiday release window for its big releases, so it is possible that the next update could arrive later in 2022.