Next-generation VR headset from Sony, the PlayStation VR2, will only be compatible with the PS5. Since it was officially unveiled last year, we’ve been gradually gaining a better idea of what to anticipate. The sequel to the 2016 introduction of the PlayStation VR headgear for the PlayStation 4 is known as PSVR 2. By the end of 2022, PlayStation VR 2 is anticipated to join the PS5. However, difficulties with the supply chain could delay this planned introduction until 2023.
When will PlayStation VR2 be released?
We anticipate receiving the PlayStation VR2 headset sometime in late 2022 or early 2023, as Sony has acknowledged that it is in development. According to “people with knowledge of the topic,” Bloomberg is reporting that Sony is aiming for a holiday 2022 release window, which would make a lot of sense.
After allegedly seeing order details for Taiwanese lens manufacturer Yujingguang from the three companies, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also predicted the next-generation PSVR headset would debut alongside headsets from Apple and Oculus in 2022. However, he has since changed his mind and now anticipates the hardware in Q1 2023.
According to the YouTube channel PSVR without Parole, Sony is currently aiming for a Q1 2023 launch. The PS5 system shortages, more than the normal chip limitations, are to blame for the delay. The business seems hesitant to get the new headgear into the market when the PS5 console is still almost impossible to find. Ross Young, a specialist in the display sector, writes on “delays till 2023” for Sony, which confirms concerns that the new VR headset won’t be available in time for Christmas this year.
PlayStation VR2 Design and Specs
Nishino gave us the first look at the redesigned headset on February 22, 2022. In it, he explains how the design of the headset was made with the look of the PS5 and controllers in mind. As such, the system has a more curved look than its predecessor. The edges are still flat though, so it can be placed on a surface without fear of it rolling away.
To ensure optimal comfort, Nishino states that the design has been tested on a variety of skull sizes and shapes. However, key design features from its predecessor are still present, including the headphone jack’s location and the method for adjusting the headset.
Sony released a PlayStation Blog article revealing our first proper look at the forthcoming controllers, which have subsequently been confirmed to be known as the Sense controllers, a few weeks after the company announced that it was developing new controllers for the PlayStation VR2 headset.
The DualSense controller for PS5 has perhaps the best features of Sony’s new controller, adaptive triggers, and haptic feedback, which are also featured on the Sense controllers. This is supported with finger touch sensing, which enables you to use realistic gestures in-game, as well as the usual abundance of analog sticks and action buttons.
In addition to capacitive touch sensors, the controllers will also be able to detect how far away your fingers are from the sensors and even use that information to infer where your other fingers are, creating an idea of the shape of your entire hand without you touching a thing, according to PSVR Without Parole’s report on the secret dev conference.
Wireless connectivity was one of the most anticipated additions to the second-generation PSVR, but Sony has already disproved that theory by stating on the PlayStation blog that the headset “will connect to PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience.” Given that Sony prominently displayed a single USB-C connector on the front of the console, the cord in issue will likely be a USB-C lead.
How much will PlayStation VR2 cost?
Before Sony releases the official price for their next VR headset, it will probably take some time. Nevertheless, based on what we now know, it is conceivable to estimate in a realistic manner. For $399/£349, the first PlayStation VR was made available. This was the cost of the edition sans the PlayStation Camera, which was sold separately for $60/£50 and was required to use PSVR.
When first released, the majority of hardware loses money; but, as time goes on, subsequent hardware, software, and subscription purchases cover the losses. This is also true with the PS5. While the disc version is now finally turning a profit, the PlayStation VR2 will probably start out with a loss. Sony would probably be hesitant to dramatically raise the price point from the original even with improved processing, haptic feedback, and screen quality.
We know that the PS5’s price rise over the PS4’s launch price of $100/£100 is one that customers will readily accept. Additionally, a set of controllers will be included with the new VR.
Given that Sony has been concentrating its marketing efforts on them, this seems reasonable. Sony will be hesitant to charge more for a VR system than the PlayStation 5 did at launch, despite the fact that the initial VR system did not come with controllers. As a result, we believe the PSVR 2 will cost roughly $499/£449 at launch.
The 5.7-inch (1920 x 1080, 386 PPI) display on the PlayStation VR headset was satisfactory in 2016, but not so much in 2022. Consumers are demanding higher-res screens as we move away from first-gen VR headsets to improve the overall aesthetic of VR content and make things like reading text in VR more comfortable, and it appears like the PlayStation VR2 won’t let them down in that regard. The PlayStation VR2 will have OLED screens with a resolution of 2000 x 2040 for each eye, for a total resolution of 4000 x 2040, making the headgear 4K, according to Sony.
In addition to HDR, it will enable foveated rendering, which lowers image quality in the player’s peripheral vision in order to boost quality in the areas where they are looking.
With support for both 90Hz and 120Hz frame rates, the 110-degree field of view is among the broadest on the market for VR headsets right now. This will result in a smoother, more realistic visual experience.
In a blog post, Sony has also acknowledged a number of new software features coming to the PlayStation VR2. You may now connect your PS5 HD Camera in a new broadcasting mode, which is ideal for streamers who wish to demonstrate their in-game reactions without a cumbersome setup.
One of the other updates is a new see-through mode, which makes advantage of the headset’s front-facing cameras to let you see outside without removing them for example, to retrieve your controllers or chat with friends.
Even more impressively, you’ll be able to create a personalized play area by defining the perimeter to exclude furniture, staircases, and other potential hazards using the cameras and controllers together. By doing this, the headset will warn you if you approach the boundaries you’ve established too closely, preventing an unpleasant accident.
Since the release of this headset is still a ways off, it’s not entirely surprising that so far, there are only a few PlayStation VR2 titles that have been officially confirmed. We were given a quick preview of Horizon Call of the Mountain by Guerrilla and Firesprite when Sony formally unveiled PlayStation VR2 in January, but no further games were shown.
Since then, we’ve had a lot greater insight into what to anticipate. According to Sony, the PlayStation VR2 will launch with more than 20 best games, including both first- and third-party titles. The State of Play conference in June 2022 unveiled a number of new games, including several heavy hitters from third-party developers.
Soon, Sony will reveal more details, such as the debut date and the games that will be added to the platform. As part of the ongoing development, developers will soon be able to access the most recent PlayStation VR2 user experience through a new system software update.