PS VR2, Sense controller: release date, price, features… everything we know about the future PS5 VR headset

Sony has formalized a new virtual reality headset called PlayStation VR2. It will be an accessory designed for the PlayStation 5. Pending the launch which is expected at the earliest in 2023, we are taking stock of the information and rumors about it.

In February 2021, Sony surprised everyone by providing the first details about the future PlayStation VR headset. The accessory, which will use virtual reality to enhance video game immersion, will be associated with the PlayStation 5 – a console that’s hard to get hold of even months after launch. Just under a year later, Sony gave it a name at CES 2022: the successor to PlayStation VR will be… PlayStation VR2.

If virtual reality is still aimed at a niche audience, Sony is capitalizing on the encouraging launch of the first PlayStation VR – 5 million in sales – to keep moving the technology in the right direction. Success will necessarily go through a catalog of quality games, a point that was missing from the first generation. At this point, the new helmet can already count on its exclusivity Horizon Call of the Mountain.

In anticipation of the release of the new PlayStation VR, here’s what we know about it. Between the information that Sony shares and the first rumors, the contours are beginning to emerge.

PlayStation VR2 // Source: Sony

What is the name of the new PlayStation VR?

Sony isn’t the most creative manufacturer when it comes to choosing a name for its products. That explains why the successor to PlayStation VR will simply be called PlayStation VR2. In this sense, the helmet respects the nomenclature that has been in effect since the very first console.

The name of the controllers that come with the PlayStation VR2 is a bit more original: they will be called the PS VR2 Sense, referring to the DualSense controller of the PlayStation 5.

What is the design of the PlayStation VR2?

Sony has not yet revealed the design of the PlayStation VR2. We can expect a futuristic look, in the wake of that of the PS5 (and the first PlayStation VR). We also imagine that the look that combines white and black will be part of it.

On the other hand, we know what the PS VR2 Sense looks like.

PlayStation VR (2nd generation)
PlayStation VR (2nd generation) // Source: Sony

What are the features of PlayStation VR2?

In its first statement, Sony was pleased to say that the future PlayStation VR ” will benefit from massive advances in performance and interactivity The manufacturer is aiming for several improvements: a single wire to connect to the console, a better quality visual experience and new controllers that will incorporate technologies introduced on the DualSense.

In an article published on May 10, 2021, the specialized site UploadVR shared several indiscretions about the headset, from reliable sources. They were confirmed in a press release published by Sony on January 4, 2022.

The new PS VR will therefore be based on:

  • An OLED screen;
  • A definition of 4000 x 2040 pixels (ie 2000 x 2040 per eye) – versus 1920 x 1080 pixels for the first generation;
  • A refresh rate of 90/120 Hz;
  • A wheel to adjust the placement of the lenses (better adjustment to the pupillary distance, specific to each user);
  • A foveal view;
  • A 110-degree field of view (compared to 100 for the first PlayStation VR);
  • HDR compatibility.

Foveal rendering, already at work on the HTC Vive Pro Eye, is a display optimization technique based on eye detection. It aims to improve the rendering of the elements gazed at by sacrificing what is on the periphery – without the user noticing. It makes it possible to offer more beautiful graphics while saving resources.

As for motion recognition, the PlayStation VR2 does not require an external PlayStation camera. The sensors will be integrated: three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer, infrared proximity sensor and four cameras for monitoring the helmet and controllers.

Finally, the PlayStation VR2 gets a microphone and you can connect headphones to it.

PlayStation VR (2nd generation)
PlayStation VR (2nd generation) // Source: Sony

What are the features of PlayStation VR2?

To further enhance the immersion, Sony promises ” new sensory functions “. They have to do with eye tracking, headset vibration and 3D audio.” For example, players can feel a character’s heartbeat speed up during moments of high tension, a grinding sensation when objects pass close to their character’s head, or even the thrust of a vehicle speeding up. ‘, says the multinational. Gaze tracking can even translate into in-game commands.

In a press release published on its blog on July 26, Sony provided some details about the headphones’ features:

  • The ability to quickly change the settings from the control center (brightness, etc.);
  • A “cinema” mode to play 2D games on a large screen of 1920 by 1080 pixels;
  • A “see-through” mode, which uses the cameras on the outside of the helmet to model the real world in the virtual environment (practical for searching for a physical object without removing the helmet);
  • The ability to define a play area in your living room, by drawing limits on the floor with the controller (when you pass them, the helmet tells us and shows the real world);
  • A “streaming” mode to film yourself while you play (the face is embedded at the bottom of the screen).

Note that these features are not new to the world of virtual reality. Sony has been inspired by what Oculus does for several years now.

How does the PlayStation VR2 connect to the PS5?

The PlayStation VR2 will not multiply the number of cables: it simply needs to be connected to the PlayStation 5 via the USB-C port on the front of the console. An excellent point for installation.

What are the features of the PS VR2 Sense controllers?

The PS VR2 Sense controllers were revealed in a topic posted to PlayStation Blog on March 18, 2021. Still equipped with motion recognition, they abandon the PlayStation Move stick format for ergonomics closer to the shape of the hand (two orbs). They are reminiscent of the controllers that come with the Oculus Quest 2 – segment reference.

The controllers could be PlayStation VR’s main argument for PS5. Sony uses certain specific features of the DualSense to enhance the immersion. So we will find the adaptive triggers (integration of a voltage when we press it, whose power can be adjusted by the studios) and the haptic feedback (fine vibrations). The manufacturer also mentions finger contact detection (for interactions without having to press a button), via a capacitive sensor.

PlayStation VR (2nd generation)
PlayStation VR (2nd generation) // Source: Sony

The PS VR2 Sense has a rechargeable battery via a USB-C port.

Here is the layout of the PS VR2 Sense buttons :

right stick left stick
PlayStation button
Option key
Action Keys (Round / Cross)
R1 button
R2 button
right stick
R3 button
PlayStation button
Option key
Action keys (triangle / square)
L1 button
L2 button
left stick
L3 button

What is the PlayStation VR2 catalog?

At the moment, Sony has formalized only one game on PlayStation VR2: Horizon Call of the Mountain. It presents itself as a showcase, with an immersion in a universe with an incredible artistic direction.

At this point, it’s unclear whether current VR titles will be backwards compatible. In this regard, we recall that the first PlayStation VR will work on PS5, by means of an adapter, which can be requested free of charge from Sony.

In any case, the future PlayStation VR needs a flagship game like Half-life: Alyx to convince PlayStation 5 owners.

are also confirmed :

  • Resident Evil Village ;
  • Resident Evil 4 ;
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners—Chapter 2 ;
  • No human heaven.

PlayStation VR2 release date and price

The development of our new VR system is far from complete, so it won’t be released in 2021 Sony said about a possible release date. The purchase will have to wait until 2022 at the earliest. According to an indiscretion signed by Bloomberg, the Japanese company would aim for the end of the year, a good time to launch a new product. This would be two years after the launch of the PS5.

Consider for the price that the first PlayStation VR was launched for 400 euros. Its successor should cost at least as much, knowing it takes a PS5 – £400 or £500 depending on the model – to make it work. Upon arrival, it will be a significant investment for those involved.

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