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(Pocket-lint) – A new version of Sony’s PSVR virtual reality headset is on the way. And this time it’s for laPS5.
The PlayStation VR2 was first made official in early 2021 in a blog post written by Sony Interactive Entertainment’s senior vice president of platform planning and management Hideaki Nishino. Then the name and some specifications were confirmed during CES 2022 in January.
There is no official date yet, but here is everything we know so far.
What is PlayStation VR2?
The first PSVR headsets were released for the PlayStation 4 in 2016. They were updated once (mainly to add HDR transfer to the standalone processor box) and PS4 Pro introduced higher resolutions/frame rates, but largely retained the same design and capabilities. It worked using light sensors read by a PlayStation Camera, both from the headset itself and from separate Move controllers.
PlayStation VR2 is a different kettle, mainly thanks to a complete rethinking in the control method. Its design is also more reminiscent of the PlayStation 5, although some elements are retained, such as the headrest and the back strap.
At CES 2022, he also announced some of the features and specifications of both (see below), which means that we have an increasingly complete idea of how the headphones will work.
It will effectively connect to a PS5 console via USB-C and this time it doesn’t seem to need an external processing box.
PlayStation VR2 release date
- Maybe in time for the 2022 holiday season, but more likely for 2023
There is no confirmed date for the release of the PlayStation VR2 headphones.
Bloomberg wrote in June 2021 that “people with knowledge of the subject” claimed that it will be available “in the holiday period next year,” that is. 2022. However, according to the eye-tracking technology company Tobii, Sony is still negotiating with suppliers and partners on different elements of the new headphones. That suggests it may not even show up until 2023.
A version of the PSVR2 was made available for developers to try out during the GDC in San Francisco in March 2022. However, we do not know how close it was to the final consumer model.
PSVR2 features and Specifications
- OLED display method
- 2000 x 2040 panel resolution per eye
- Panel refresh rate 90Hz, 120Hz
- Adjustable lenses
- Field of view of approximately 110 degrees
- 4 cameras for tracking headphones and controller
- Internal IR camera for eye-by-eye tracking
- Vibration in headphones
- USB-C Connectivity
- Built-in microphone, 3.5mm jack for stereo headphone
Sony confirmed the above specifications during CES 2022 in January. He also revealed that there will be a number of interesting features.
The headset cameras will track the drivers this time, instead of using an additional camera or sensor. There will also be “sensory features” built into the headset, including eye tracking, headset feedback and 3D audio.
PSVR2 sense controller
- Low latency
- Six-axis motion detection system
- Capacitive touch sensing
- Adaptive triggers
- Haptic feedback
- USB-C for charging
- Bluetooth 5.1
A new VR Sense controller will be shipped with the latest headsets, dispensing with the Move controllers used with the original.
First revealed in mid-March 2021, the new VR controllers resemble the Oculus and Valve equivalents. There will be adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, just like on PS5 DualSense.
Each controller will have an adaptive trigger, and the developers will be able to adjust the sensitivity depending on the actions in the game. Haptic feedback will give the user a better idea of the feeling of the terrain or audio effects.
A big plus is that these drivers will be tracked by the new headphones, rather than a conventional camera. This should give them much better control, less latency and can be used without fear of ambient light affecting the signals.
PlayStation VR2 Games
Mountain horizon call
Guerilla has teamed up with Firesprite Games to create a dedicated virtual reality game set in their Horizon RPG universe for PSVR2. It is described as a “new adventure” and is created especially for the new headphones.
As with the PSVR2 itself, we don’t have a release date yet, although there is a trailer (like the one above).
In the spring of 2021, developer Vankrupt Games confirmed on Twitter that its Oculus Quest title, Pavlov Shack, will be released for the next-generation PlayStation headsets.
PSVR2, psvr1 don’t have Pavlov’s fidelity
– davevillz (@davevillz) March 29, 2021
The CEO responded to a question about PSVR compatibility by saying that the original headphones do not have the resolution to run the game properly.
Blade and sorcery
The much-hyped Oculus Quest 2 title, Blade & Sorcery, could also get a PSVR2 port. Originally seen by UploadVR, developer Warp Frog stated that although the current PSVR platform is more powerful than Quest 2, the motion controllers are too limiting for Blade & Sorcery.
The news comes from an FAQ posted on the Warp Frog website, which said: “We are really excited about PSVR2. The performance of the PS5 is also on par with the PC, which means that, in theory, we could port the PC version of B&S without much difficulty.” and possibly even without compromising the graphics at all. It’s still too early to make announcements, but we’re interested in porting B&S to PSVR2, as soon as possible for Sony.”