Following a long list of rumors, CES 2022 saw the official announcement of Sony’s next next-gen hardware aimed at creating virtual reality experiences. Dubbed “Playstation VR2”, the device is expected to take VR gaming to the next level, “allowing a greater sense of presence” and overall immersion. The company also introduced the new controller, which features a similar naming scheme to its PS5 counterpart – PS VR2 Sense.
Playstation VR2 release date
Sony had confirmed via a blog post in February last year that it is developing the PS VR2 and that it will not see a launch in 2021. Sony also did not share an official release date at CES 2022, although a Bloomberg report points to a vacation launch.
Hardware analyst Brad lynch also confirmed that the units will go into mass production soon, under the leadership of Chinese manufacturer Goertek. However, dates could be further delayed, given global chip shortages, which are already forcing Sony to struggle with sales of playstation 5.
PlayStation VR2 Specifications and Features
Sony hasn’t revealed how heavy the PS VR2 headset is, but it’s packed with high-end specs. For starters, it delivers a seamless 4K HDR experience with 2000 x 2040 OLED panel resolution per eye. Identical to its predecessor, the FOV (field of view) will be limited to 110 degrees and has a refresh rate of 90 to 120 Hz.
Current virtual reality systems require cameras to be installed in every corner of the room for tracking, height adjustments, and establishing a playing field. The PS VR2 headset, however, comes with 4 built-in cameras. that follow your hand and controller movements. Any type of head tilt or movement will also be detected and reflected on your character in the game.
In addition to spatial 3D audio, Sony implemented foveal rendering that changes the pixel density depending on your point of focus. Eye-trackers in the helmet focus only on the fovea of the eye and maximize resolution. Everything on the outside will appear a bit blurry and pixelated.
The PS VR2 also includes a sensory function which “amplifies the sensations of the player’s in-game actions”. The interior of the helmet is fitted with a motor that vibrates to add a smart tactile element, mimicking the feel of the game. Sony claims that once your in-game character stops sprinting or is stuck in a tense situation, the helmet motor will begin to hum and throb to emulate a high pulse. Likewise, any kind of push or object passing in front of your head will also be felt.
The new PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers undergo a huge design change from the old ones that looked like a pair of glowing microphones. Sense controllers follow a similar design to more typical VR controllers like the Oculus Quest 2. They feature a joystick-shaped grip with surrounding plastic orbs and come with haptic feedback that emulates the sense of touch. and physical feel via vibrations, depending on where you step in the game.
You also get improved controls, adaptive triggers, vibration, and finger touch detection, which lets a game know where your fingers are resting without having to press any buttons. Sony has also reduced the number of cables required for smooth gaming – just one cable plugs into your PlayStation 5 console.