Sony surprised us all when it revealed new details about the upcoming PSVR 2 virtual reality headset at CES 2022, but how does it compare to one of the most popular headsets on the market, the Oculus Quest 2?
We have gathered all the details here, so you can find out which will be the best virtual reality headset that you should buy in 2022.
Sony’s PSVR 2 has some very solid specs, especially compared to rivals like the Oculus Quest 2.
The PSVR 2 not only has a superior resolution (2000 x 2040 per eye compared to Quest’s 1832 x 1920), but also includes an OLED display that will likely see substantially better contrast and color accuracy than Oculus’ LCD panel.
Sony has not improved the refresh rate for the PSVR sequel, but 120Hz is high enough. The Quest 2 has exactly the same refresh rate, so neither headset gets an advantage here.
However, the PSVR 2 has a larger field of view, which means that you will get a wider view of the game environment at any time.
|PSVR 2||Oculus Quest 2|
|Resolution (per eye)||2000 x 2040||1832 x 1920|
|Field of view||110 degrees||89 degrees|
|Refresh rate||Up to 120 Hz||Up to 120 Hz|
Sony has also confirmed that the PSVR 2 will feature eye tracking, which will not only allow your in-game avatar to copy the movement of your eyes, but also allows features such as foved rendering, which dynamically improves the image quality of any game in the game. object you are looking at, resulting in more efficient performance.
The rumored Oculus Quest Pro headset has also been tipped to introduce foveated rendering technology, but the existing Quest 2 is not capable as it lacks eye-tracking cameras.
The specifications suggest that you will get better image quality with the PSVR 2 compared to the Oculus Quest 2. The power of the PS5 will also allow developers to create more graphically impressive games, while the Oculus Quest 2 is limited to the GPU power of its integrated Snapdragon chip, unless you have it connected to a PC.
However, the fact that you can use the Oculus Quest 2 independently is undoubtedly the greatest strength of the headset. You don’t need to worry about cables or buy an expensive console/PC. Sony has improved the experience of connecting virtual reality headsets to the console, as you only need a cable with the upcoming headsets, but a connection to the PS5 will still be mandatory.
Design and drivers
Oculus Quest 2 has a great design, as it is light and stylish enough to easily slide over your head and use it for extended periods without causing neck pain.
Unfortunately, Sony has not yet revealed what the PSVR 2 will look like, so it is impossible to compare the design with the Oculus Quest 2 at the moment.
We expect a similar design to the original PSVR, although Sony may modify it to have a design language similar to that of the PS5.
While we haven’t seen the design of the headphones, Sony has provided a sneak peek of the new ‘Sense’ drivers. They look quite similar to the Oculus Quest controllers, with small wands that you can hold in each hand.
Like the Oculus Quest 2 controllers, the Sony Sense controllers feature Finger Touch Detection so you can recognize when your fingers are resting (and not pressing) on the buttons. This can be useful for copying the shape of your hand, whether you want to give another player a “thumbs up” or if you want to form a fist.
Sony is also borrowing the innovative haptic feedback from the PS5’s DualSense controller for the new Sense VR controllers, while also including adaptive triggers so game developers can create resistance by simulating the action of pulling a bowstring.
This is an area where the PSVR 2 has great potential, as Sony has a large number of game franchises to use. A new game called Horizon Call of the Mountains has already been confirmed, and it will be designed specifically for the PSVR 2 headset.
That’s the only game confirmed for the PSVR 2 so far, but we can see spin-offs like God of War, The Last of Us and Spider-Man potentially coming in the future. But we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, since the original PSVR didn’t have many games from PlayStation’s own franchises.
Oculus Quest 2 already has a huge library of games, but when running independently, it is limited to basic games such as Beat Saber and Superhot VR. It is also possible to play games like Half-Life Alyx, although you will have to be connected to a gaming PC.
The PSVR 2 has the potential to have a much larger library of games, but it just depends on how many PlayStation game studios it can incorporate for the platform.
We haven’t even seen the design of the PSVR 2 yet, no matter how tested, so it’s not possible to claim any winners here. But looking only at the spec sheet, the PSVR 2 looks very impressive. It has the advantage when it comes to screen quality, and the PS5’s power should also allow it to run much more advanced games than Quest 2 can when running independently.
But the success of the PSVR 2 largely depends on the price and support of the game. There are many VR headsets with better specs than the Oculus Quest 2, but the headset has been very successful as it is very affordable and accessible. The fact that you can use it wirelessly without the need for a console or PC is a big plus. The PSVR 2 certainly has potential, but usurping the Quest will not be an easy task.
It is also important to remember that Meta is rumored to release new Oculus Quest 3 and Oculus Quest Pro headsets, so they may well be the real rivals of the PSVR 2 instead of the existing model.