Sony has made official a new virtual reality headset, called PlayStation VR2. It will be an accessory designed for PlayStation 5. Waiting for its launch scheduled in advance for 2023 at the earliest, let’s take stock of the information and rumors about it.
In February 2021, Sony surprised everyone by providing the first details on the future PlayStation VR headset. The accessory, which will use virtual reality to improve immersion in video games, will be associated with the PlayStation 5, a console that is difficult to get your hands on, even several months after launch. A little less than a year later, Sony gave it a name at CES 2022: the successor to PlayStation VR will be called … PlayStation VR2.
If VR is still aimed at a niche audience, Sony is capitalizing on the encouraging launch of the first PlayStation VR – 5 million in sales – to continue developing the technology in the right direction. Success will necessarily go through a catalog of quality games, a point that the first generation was missing. On this point, the new helmet can already count on exclusivity Horizon Call of the Mountain.
While waiting for the release of the new PlayStation VR, here’s what we know about it. Between the information shared by Sony and the first rumors, its contours are emerging.
What is the name of the new PlayStation VR?
Sony isn’t the most creative manufacturer when it comes to choosing a name for its products. Which explains why the successor to PlayStation VR will simply be called PlayStation VR2. In this sense, the helmet respects the nomenclature in place since the first console.
The name of the controllers associated with PlayStation VR2 is a little more original: they will be called PS VR2 Sense, in reference to the DualSense controller of PlayStation 5.
What is the PlayStation VR2 design?
Sony has yet to reveal the PlayStation VR2 design. We can expect a futuristic look, in the wake of that of the PS5 (and the first PlayStation VR). We also imagine that the look that combines black and white is part of it.
On the other hand, we know what the PS VR2 Sense looks like.
What are the features of PlayStation VR2?
In its initial statement, Sony was content to say that the future PlayStation VR ” will benefit from huge advances in performance and interactivity “The manufacturer is aiming for several points for improvement: a single cable to connect to the console, a better quality visual experience and new controllers that will incorporate the technologies introduced on the DualSense.
In an article published on May 10, 2021, the specialized site UploadVR shared several rumors about the viewer, from reliable sources. They were confirmed in a press release published on January 4, 2022 by Sony.
The new PS VR will therefore be based on:
- An OLED screen;
- A definition of 4000 x 2040 pixels (or 2000 x 2040 per eye) – against the 1920 x 1080 pixels of the first generation;
- A refresh rate of 90/120 Hz;
- A wheel to adjust the positioning of the lenses (best adaptation to the pupillary distance, specific for each user);
- A foveal yield;
- A field of view of 110 degrees (compared to 100 of the first PlayStation VR);
- HDR compatibility.
Foveal rendering, already at work on the HTC Vive Pro Eye, is a display optimization technique based on eye detection. It aims to improve the rendering of the elements on which the gaze is projected by sacrificing what is on the periphery, without the user noticing. Allows you to offer more beautiful graphics while saving resources.
As for motion recognition, PlayStation VR2 won’t need an external PlayStation camera. The sensors will be integrated: three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer, infrared proximity sensor and four cameras for monitoring the helmet and controllers.
Finally, the PlayStation VR2 will have a microphone and you can plug headphones into it.
What are the features of PlayStation VR2?
To further enhance immersion, Sony promises ” new sensory characteristics “. They’re related to eye tracking, headset vibrations, and 3D audio.” For example, players will be able to feel a character’s racing heartbeat during moments of high tension, a screeching sensation when objects pass close to their character’s head, or even the thrust of a speeding vehicle. “, Indicates the multinational. Gaze tracking can actually translate into game controls.
In a press release published on its blog on July 26, Sony gave some details on the features of the headphones:
- The ability to quickly change settings from the control center (brightness, etc.);
- A “cinema” mode, to play 2D games on a large 1920 x 1080 pixel screen;
- A “See through” mode, which uses the cameras outside the helmet to model the real world in the virtual environment (practical to search for a physical object without removing the helmet);
- The ability to define a play area in your living room, drawing the limits on the ground with the joystick (if you exceed them, the helmet tells us and shows the real world);
- A “streaming” mode to film yourself as you play (the face is embedded at the bottom of the screen).
Keep in mind that these features are not new in the world of virtual reality. Sony has been inspired by what Oculus has been doing for several years.
How will the PlayStation VR2 be connected to the PS5?
The PlayStation VR2 will not multiply the cables: it will simply have to be connected to the PlayStation 5 via the USB-C port located on the front of the console. A great spot for installation.
What are the features of the PS VR2 Sense controllers?
The PS VR2 Sense controllers were unveiled in a topic published on March 18, 2021 on the PlayStation Blog. Still equipped with motion recognition, they abandon the PlayStation Move stick format for ergonomics closer to the shape of the hand (two spheres). They are reminiscent of the controllers that came with the Oculus Quest 2 – segment reference.
Controllers could be the main focus of PlayStation VR for PS5. Sony uses some specifics of DualSense to reinforce immersion. We will then find adaptive triggers (integration of a voltage when pressing on it, the strength of which can be adjusted by studies) and haptic feedback (finer vibrations). The manufacturer also mentions finger contact detection (for interactions without the need to press a button), via a capacitive sensor.
The PS VR2 Sense has a rechargeable battery via a USB-C port.
Here is the layout of the buttons of PS VR2 Sense :
|right joystick||left joystick|
Action Buttons (Round / Cross)
Action keys (triangle / square)
What is the PlayStation VR2 catalog?
For the moment Sony has made official only one game on PlayStation VR2: Horizon Call of the Mountain. It looks like a showcase, with an immersion in a universe with an incredible artistic direction.
At the moment, it is unclear whether current VR titles will be compatible with previous versions. We remind you in this regard that the first PlayStation VR works on PS5, through a free adapter to be requested from Sony.
The future PlayStation VR will still need a flagship game like Half Life: Alyx convince owners of a PlayStation 5.
have also been confirmed :
- Resident Evil Village ;
- Resident Evil 4 ;
- The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners — Chapter 2 ;
- Nobody’s heaven.
PlayStation VR2 release date and price
” The development of our new VR system is still far from complete, so it won’t be released in 2021 Sony has said of a possible release date. We will have to wait until 2022, as soon as possible, to acquire it. According to an indiscretion signed by Bloomberg, the Japanese company would aim for the end of the year, a good time to launch a new product. This would be two years after the launch of the PS5.
For the price, remember that the first PlayStation VR was launched at 400 euros. Its successor should cost at least as much, knowing that it takes a PS5 – 400 or 500 euros depending on the model – to make it work. Upon arrival, it will be a substantial investment for those concerned.