03 November 2022
If you were hoping to get your hands on the new PlayStation VR2 (PS VR2) during the holiday season this year, there is a slightly disappointing announcement for you. Sony has confirmed that it will launch the PlayStation VR2 in early 2023. The announcement was made via posts on the company's official Twitter and Instagram accounts.
The PlayStation VR2 is a second-gen virtual reality headset that will succeed the original PlayStation VR released in 2016. The first one was meant for the PlayStation 4 console and the upcoming one is targeted at the PlayStation 5. It means unless you have the current-gen gaming console, you will not be able to use the next-gen VR headset either.
The headset sports OLED display panels with 4K HDR support. It will offer 2000 x 2040 pixels resolution per eye, 110-degree field-of-view, 90Hz/120Hz refresh rates, and foveated rendering. It will be able to connect with the console via a USB Type-C port. It has in-built cameras and sensors for tracking movements which eliminate the need for an external camera. It has circular orb-shaped controllers that the company believes will deliver a better user experience.
The PS VR2 has a new see-through view mode that will help users see their surroundings without taking off the headset. It will use front cameras on the headset to show the view of the surroundings. Sony says this mode is meant only for viewing what's around and cannot be used for recording purposes. Those who have a PS5 HD Camera connected to the console will be able to broadcast themselves playing a VR game.
All new PS VR2 Sense Controllers and in-built cameras on the headset will let users customize their play area with ease. All settings related to a particular play area will be saved until you move to a different area. The headset will show a warning whenever you will be approaching closer to the play area boundary. These are some of the cool PlayStation VR2 features but we have no details about the pricing yet. We can expect Sony to offer details on the same as we will get closer to the launch.