It’s been a while since we last heard about the next-generation PSVR unit which was teased last year along with a first-look at the controller. To start of 2022, Sony has now shared new details regarding the new VR unit, which is now officially called the PlayStation VR2 along with the new controller, the PlayStation VR2 Sense Controller.
None other than Hideaki Nishino, SVP for Platform Experience, detailed these in a PlayStation Blog Post, saying that the VR2 will be taking VR gaming to a “whole new level” thanks to the technology of the new hardware along with the games that are being made for it.
Sadly, no release date has been revealed yet, so we’ll have to wait for further updates on that.
PlayStation VR2 Upgrades
As published by Sony, the PlayStation VR2 will feature a number of key upgrades, including the following:
- 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.
PSVR users will know how tough and messy setting it up was, with cords all over the place. This time around, the PS VR2 will have a simple setup process, using only a single cable connected to the PS5 for a no frills setup.
You can view the full specs of the PlayStation VR2 below:
PlayStation VR2 Specifications
|Panel resolution||2000 x 2040 per eye|
|Panel refresh rate||90Hz, 120Hz|
|Field of View||Approx. 110 degrees|
|Sensors||Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)|
Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor
|Cameras||4 cameras for headset and controller trackingIR camera for eye tracking per eye|
|Feedback||Vibration on headset|
|Communication with PS5||USB Type-C|
|Audio||Input: Built-in microphoneOutput: Stereo headphone jack|
PlayStation VR2 Sense Controllers Specifications
PS button, Options button, Action buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 button, R2 button, Right Stick / R3 button
PS button, Create button, Action buttons (Triangle / Square), L1 button, L2 button, Left Stick / L3 button
|Sensing/ Tracking||Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer)|
Capacitive Sensor: Finger Touch DetectionIR LED: Position Tracking
|Feedback ||Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Haptic Feedback (by single actuator per unit)|
|Port||USB Type-C Port|
|Battery||Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery|
Are you getting yourself a new PlayStation VR2?