Today Sony announced that the company would start taking pre-orders for the newest PlayStation virtual reality headset on November 15th. The PSVR2 will require fewer cables to get gamers up and running. Instead of the wiring nightmare associated with the previous PSVR, the new peripheral will only need one USB-C cable to connect it to the PS5.
However, considering it’s still a pain to find either version of the PS5 in stores, will this hinder the PSVR2 success? Another bump in the road comes from the new tech’s price tag. The PSVR2 is priced higher than PS5’s digital-only console. So if you want to roll the dice on another PlayStation virtual reality headset, get ready to throw down $549. The Horizon: Call of the Mountain bundle will go for $599.99.
Aside from the Horizon title, Sony expects to have 20+ games ready for the PSVR2’s launch date of February 22nd, 2023.
PlayStation VR2 launches February 22, 2023, with pre-orders starting November 15.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 2, 2022
The specs for the PSVR2 were announced almost a year ago. Nevertheless, the device is a significant step up from the original, and hopefully, Sony won’t put it on the back burner as we saw with the last generation:
- Visual Fidelity: For a high-fidelity visual experience, PS VR2 offers 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view, and foveated rendering. With an OLED display, players can expect a display resolution of 2000×2040 per eye and smooth frame rates of 90/120Hz.
- Headset-based Controller Tracking: With inside-out tracking, PS VR2 tracks you and your controller through integrated cameras embedded in the VR headset. Your movements and the direction you look at are reflected in-game without the need for an external camera.
- New Sensory Features: PS VR2 Sense Technology combines eye tracking, headset feedback, 3D Audio, and the innovative PS VR2 Sense controller to create an incredibly deep feeling of immersion. Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player. It’s created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience. For example, gamers can feel a character’s elevated pulse during tense moments, the rush of objects passing close to the character’s head, or the thrust of a vehicle as the character speeds forward. Additionally, PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech makes sounds in the player’s surroundings come alive, adding to this new level of immersion.
- Eye Tracking: With eye tracking, PS VR2 detects the motion of your eyes, so a simple look in a specific direction can create an additional input for the game character. This allows players to interact more intuitively in new and lifelike ways, allowing for a heightened emotional response and enhanced expression that provide a new level of realism in gaming.
Wondering which one you should pre-order? Check out IGN’s hands-on preview of the Horizon spinoff game below:
[Source: PlayStation Blog]