all about Sony’s future VR headset

Sony keeps up the suspense by gradually revealing the features and functions of its future virtual reality headset, the PS VR2. Here’s what we already know about this highly anticipated accessory by players.

2023 will be the year of virtual reality (VR for Virtual reality in English) and augmented reality (AR for Augmented Reality in English). Several digital giants are working hard on the subject, most notably Apple, which should soon release a revolutionary headset, announced — and hoped — as innovative as the iPhone in its day. Meta – which developed the Occulus and Quest VR headsets – is also on the ball, with its future high-end Meta Quest Pro headset, which will mark a major turning point in the development of the metaverse. But Sony does not intend to be left behind and is actively preparing its PS VR2 (PlayStation VR2 with its full name), the virtual reality headset for the PS5, mainly aimed at gamers. If we still do not know the release date – estimated in 2023 – and the price of this promising accessory, the Japanese manufacturer cleverly keeps the expectations of its fans by regularly releasing information about its design, technical characteristics, interface, features and on future compatible games.

PS VR2: a more precise and comfortable headset

The PS VR2 has a design very similar to the PS5: white, futuristic and curvaceous. The weight should be slightly lower than that of the previous helmet, the PS VR, and therefore more comfortable, especially thanks to the ventilation system. Compatible with 4K and HDR (High Dynamic Range), it offers a 110-degree field of view – compared to around 100 degrees for the PS VR – and offers foveal rendering, with a sequence of smooth images – which, incidentally, limits the feeling of motion sickness. Thanks to an OLED display, gamers can enjoy a screen resolution of 2,000 x 2,040 pixels per eye and a refresh rate of 90/120 Hz – by comparison, the PS VR offered a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full UD) for a refresh rate of 120 frames per second and the field of view is limited to 100 degrees. For more comfort, the helmet has a lens adjustment wheel, which allows players to better adjust the distance of the lenses between their eyes and thus optimize their vision. Finally, the PS VR2 will offer better eye tracking. “A simple glance in one direction can result in an additional command for the character in the game, allowing players to interact with the environment in a more intuitive, innovative and realistic way.“, Sony explains on its blog.

The new controllers – which come with the headset – will feature a six-axis motion capture system (three-axis gyroscope and three-axis accelerometer), as well as finger-touch detection and infrared controller tracking. Combined with 3D audio, they should provide some very interesting sensations, such as the acceleration of the character’s heartbeat during moments of high tension, the rustle when objects pass very close to the character’s head, and even the thrust of the character. a vehicle that picks up speed.

PS VR2: New Display Modes

In a new post published on its blog on July 26, 2022, Sony revealed new modes that, if not revolutionary, are still up to date. The first novelty is the presence of a transparency mode which, thanks to cameras placed on the external shell of the helmet, allows the user to see his environment without having to remove the helmet. A rather practical feature, let’s face it. This mode is activated via a control panel, available via a dedicated button on the helmet or a card from the PS5’s Control Center, which allows you to choose between the “normal” view of the helmet or the transparent view. . Like most VR headsets, this Control Center provides quick access to other PS VR2 settings, such as adjusting the game space.

With this feature – already present on the Meta Quest 2 – you can play in complete safety. Thanks to the PS VR2 Sense controllers, the integrated cameras and the transparent display, the player can configure the playing area and draw a safe zone in which to play without danger. This measure is not new, but remains essential. First, the headset scans the room for walls and bulky objects to determine the boundaries of the safe zone. Then the user can adjust these limits by redrawing them on the ground using one of the Sense joysticks. If it goes out of bounds, a warning message will appear on the screen. What to avoid taking a piece of furniture with you in the heat of battle.

The PS VR2 also marks the return of cinematic mode in addition to VR mode. It shows both the PS5 interface and all applications – such as Netflix or YouTube – on a virtual cinema screen in 1920×1080 HDR video format, with frame rates of 24/60 Hz, and even up to 120 Hz according to Sony. However, we do regret the lack of support for video files or Blu-rays in stereoscopic 3D, which were still present on the PS VR.

In addition, PS VR2 will emphasize streaming by allowing the player to film itself and stream content while playing. However, we don’t know if any accessories are needed to take advantage of this, Sony is happy to promise others “many exciting new featureswithout revealing more.

PS VR2: games adapted to virtual reality

During State of Play in June, some games compatible with PS VR2 were unveiled. The most notable of these is Horizon: the call of the mountain, which gave us a great insight into the capabilities of the VR2, especially with its breathtaking panoramas. The player takes on the role of a new protagonist, Ryas, to explore the world and fight the machines with his bow. Also eagerly waiting Resident Evil Village will make it possible to face the undead while Resident Evil 4 Remake will have exclusive virtual reality content on PlayStation 5. The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners Chapter 2, No Man’s Sky and Ghost Burster VR are also expected.

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