Sony has formalized a new virtual reality headset, called the PlayStation VR2. It will be an accessory designed for the PlayStation 5. While we wait for its launch expected in advance for 2023 at the earliest, we take stock of the information and rumors about it.
In February 2021, Sony surprised everyone by providing the first details of the future PlayStation VR headset. The accessory, which will use virtual reality to enhance immersion in video games, will be bundled with the PlayStation 5 – a console that is hard to get hold of even months after its 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 virtual reality is still aimed at a niche audience, Sony is taking advantage of the encouraging launch of the first PlayStation VR – 5 million in sales – to continue to develop the technology in the right direction. Success will necessarily go through a catalog of quality games, a point that was missing from the first generation. On this point, the new helmet can already count on exclusivity Horizon Call of the Mountain.
While we await the release of the new PlayStation VR, here’s what we know about it. Between the information Sony has shared and the first rumors, its outlines are emerging.
What is the name of the new PlayStation VR?
Sony is not 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 very first console.
The name of the controllers connected to the PlayStation VR2 is a little more original: they will be called PS VR2 Sense, referring to the DualSense controller of the PlayStation 5.
What is the design of the PlayStation VR2?
Sony has yet to reveal the PlayStation VR2 design. We can expect a futuristic look in the wake of the PS5 (and the first PlayStation VR). We also imagine that the look that combines white and black will be part of it.
On the other hand, we know what 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 giant advances in performance and interactivity “. The manufacturer aims at several points of improvement: a single wire to connect to the console, a visual experience of better quality and new controllers that will incorporate technologies introduced on DualSense.
In an article published on May 10, 2021, specialist website UploadVR shared several indiscretions about the headset 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 (ie 2000 x 2040 per eye) – versus 1920 x 1080 pixels for the first generation;
- A refresh rate of 90/120 Hz;
- A wheel to adjust the position of the lenses (better adaptation to the pupil distance, specific to each user);
- A foveal representation;
- A field of view of 110 degrees (compared to 100 for 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 tracking. It aims to improve the rendering of the elements on which the eye is cast by sacrificing what is in the periphery – without the user noticing. It allows to offer more beautiful graphics and at the same time save resources.
In terms of motion recognition, the PlayStation VR2 does not 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 connect headphones to it.
What are the features of PlayStation VR2?
To further enhance immersion, Sony promises “ new sensory functions “. They are related to eye tracking, vibrations produced by the headset and 3D Audio. ” For example, players will be able to feel a character’s pulse quicken during moments of high tension, a tearing sensation when objects pass close to their character’s head, or even the pressure of a vehicle speeding up. “, states the multinational. Eye tracking can actually be translated into in-game commands.
In a press release published on its blog on July 26, Sony gave some details about the headphones’ features:
- The ability to quickly change the settings from the control center (brightness, etc.);
- A “cinema” mode for playing 2D games on a large screen of 1920 x 1080 pixels;
- A “See Through” mode, which uses the cameras on the outside of the helmet to model the real world in the virtual environment (handy for looking for a physical object without removing the helmet);
- The ability to define a play area in your living room by drawing boundaries on the ground with the joystick (if you pass them, the helmet tells us and shows the real world);
- A “streaming” mode to film yourself while playing (the face is embedded at the bottom of the screen).
Note that these features are not new to the world of virtual reality. Sony has been inspired by what Oculus has been doing for several years now.
How will the PlayStation VR2 be connected to the PS5?
The PlayStation VR2 will not multiply the cables: it will simply connect to the PlayStation 5 via the USB-C port on the front of the console. An excellent point for the installation.
What are the features of PS VR2 Sense controllers?
PS VR2 Sense controllers were revealed 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 balls). They resemble the controllers that come with the Oculus Quest 2 – segment reference.
The controllers could be the main argument for PlayStation VR for PS5. Sony uses certain specifics of DualSense to enhance immersion. We will therefore find the adaptive triggers (integration of a voltage when we press it, the force of which can be adjusted by the studios) and the haptic feedback (finer vibrations). The manufacturer also mentions detection of finger contact (for interactions without the need to press a button) via a capacitive sensor.
PS VR2 Sense has a rechargeable battery via a USB-C port.
Here is the layout of the keys for PS VR2 Sense :
|right joystick||left joystick|
Action keys (circle / cross)
Action keys (triangle/square)
What is the PlayStation VR2 Catalog?
Currently, Sony has only formalized one game on the PlayStation VR2: Horizon Call of the Mountain. It presents itself as a showcase, with an immersion in a universe with an incredible artistic direction.
At this time, it is unclear whether current VR titles will be backwards compatible. In this regard, we recall that the first PlayStation VR works on the PS5 using a free adapter that must be requested from Sony.
In any case, the future PlayStation VR will need a flagship game like Half Life: Alyx to convince owners of a PlayStation 5.
has also been confirmed :
- Resident Evil Village ;
- Resident Evil 4 ;
- The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners – Chapter 2 ;
- No Man’s Sky.
PlayStation VR2 release date and price
” The development of our new VR system is still far from complete, so it will not be released in 2021 Sony said about a possible release date. It will be necessary to wait until 2022 at the earliest to acquire it. According to an indiscretion signed 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 requires a PS5 – 400 or 500 euros depending on the model – to make it work. Upon arrival, it will be a significant investment for those affected.