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The release of PSVR 2 is fast approaching. We take stock of all the information known to date on Sony’s next VR headset, specially designed for the PS5.

After a discreet announcement in 2021, Sony took advantage of the year 2022 to reveal more about its next big project in the world of video games: the PSVR 2. It is a key product for the firm, after a first version released in 2016 shunned by players, preferring HTC or Oculus models.

While the latter takes a clear lead, especially with its Quest 2, Sony is trying to establish itself in a growing market at the dawn of the metaverse with an updated helmet, specially created for the PS5. We invite you here to compile all the information known to date on the PSVR 2, which was recently unveiled during CES 2022 but also during a State of Play.

Technical characteristics of PSVR 2

At the tech event, Sony unveiled part of the VR headset’s spec sheet and it already looks promising. Here’s everything we know about PSVR 2 and its accompanying controllers:

PlayStation VR 2 (headset)
Definition2000 x 2040 per eye
Refresh rateFrom 90 Hz to 120 Hz
Field of view110 °
SensorsMotion sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
Attachment sensor: IR proximity sensor
Cameras4 cameras for headset and controller tracking
IR camera for eye-by-eye tracking
ReturnsHeadset vibration
Communication with the PS5USB-C
AudioInput: Built-in microphone
Output: Stereo headphone jack
PlayStation VR 2 Sense (manette)
BoutonsRight: PS Button, Options Button, Action Buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 Button, R2 Button, Right Stick / R3 Button
Left: PS Button, Create Button, Action Buttons (Triangle/Square), L1 Button, L2 Button, Left Stick/L3 Button
SensorsMotion sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer)
Capacitive sensor: Finger touch sensing IR LED: Position tracking
ReturnsAdaptive trigger (on R2/L2 buttons), Haptic feedback
connectorsPort USB-C
CommunicationBluetooth 5.1
BatteryBuilt-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

At the helmet level, Sony promises us a display with a resolution of 2000 x 2040 per eye, which is superior to what its direct competitor offers. With its adaptive refresh rate ranging from 90Hz to 120Hz and its 110° field of view, the PSVR2 could become one of the favorite VR headsets for gamers. Note also that it has a technology ofeye tracking which promises increased display fidelity.

In addition, Sony bards it with a panoply of technologies that will support immersion. We note for example the presence of vibrations and movement sensors on the helmet, as well as several cameras to better situate the player in his environment. Same observation for the controllers which take up the adaptive triggers and the haptic feedback of the Dual Sense, in addition to movement and capacitive sensors.

What does PSVR 2 look like?

It was the controllers (PlayStation VR 2 Sense) that were unveiled first. All dressed in white and black, like the PS5, they have a circular shape, similar to an orb. This is specially designed to encompass the user’s hand and allow a better grip. The buttons are all located in the same place, and the triggers are arranged just below.

As for the PSVR 2 helmet, the first images were made official on February 22. Overall, it’s not that far from what you can currently find on the market, and it even looks a lot like the Oculus Quest 2, especially in terms of color. Where Sony differs is at the level of the arch, padded with foam for more comfort, which does not differ much from the first PSVR. Only the colored black screen seems to have been squeezed out.

Without being futuristic, Sony therefore lays the foundations for a helmet with an elegant and functional design, except for one crucial point. The PSVR 2 indeed connects via a USB-C cable to the PS5 and does not have wired-free mode. If this allows a connection without latency and better fidelity, for a VR headset, the experience can be degraded since the cable generally hinders the mobility of the player. It remains to be seen whether this integration will work once the finished product is in hand.

What games are planned for PSVR 2?

During the June State of Play, Sony said a little more about the games that will accompany the PSVR 2. If we already knew that a Game Horizon baptized Call of the Mountain would be developed for the occasion, we will also be entitled to some interesting ports, including Resident Evil Village or No Man’s Sky. Horror fans will also enjoy The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners Retributionamong other titles.

In total, Sony promised us 20 VR games at the launch of its headset, so we should know more about the rest of the titles in the coming months. We also note that during CEDEC 2022, Sony employees said that the development kit would be the same as that of the PS5, which will greatly facilitate the porting of console titles to the VR headset. This one is also compatible with Unity and Unreal Engine graphics engineswhich leaves the door open to many potential games.

When is the PSVR 2 release date?

For the moment, no precise release date has been officially announced by Sony for the PSVR 2. If the latest rumors claimed that the headset could be released at the end of 2022, Sony has finally revealed thatit would arrive in our hands by the beginning of the year 2023. We don’t know what day or month, but we can expect a launch between January and March.

What is the price of PSVR 2?

Just like the release date, Sony has yet to reveal the price of the PSVR 2. But to better understand this news, we can note that the Oculus Quest 2 from Meta is displayed at a price of €349, while the first PSVR is still priced at a minimum of €299 for a basic pack. The price of the PSVR 2 could therefore probably be between 300€ and 400€, or even more.

However, the recent rise in price of the PS5, which Sony justifies thanks to inflation, calls into question these estimates. With a console now selling for $550, many claim that the price of PSVR 2 could almost reach 500€. It remains to be seen whether this will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Is PSVR 2 subject to component shortages?

The shortage that is hitting the entire technology industry, including video games, has not spared the PS5 for more than a year. However, it is not yet known whether the PSVR 2 will be subject to stock shortages. For the moment, the virtual reality industry does not seem to be concerned, but as the shortage of components extends dangerously, the situation could quickly change.

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