PSVR 2 beats Meta and Oculus Quest in a very big way

PSVR 2 arrives, and I cry softly with joy. And that’s kinda funny for me, as someone who was extremely lukewarm or unenthusiastic about VR headsets. But over the past year or so, I’ve watched Oculus Quest 2 (now “Meta Quest 2”) become the hot new thing on the block. Virtual reality, it seems, after being seen for years as “the next big thing”, is finally here for real. All along, however, I rolled my eyes at the very thought of buying one.

My current disinterest was not related to applications or hardware, on the contrary, in fact. I’ve been curious about some of the best Oculus Quest 2 games, including some titles that were on the original PlayStation VR, such as Beat Saber and Superhot VR. But it always seemed like getting into the original PlayStation VR was a bad investment, because it’s quite old. As someone still looking for a Ring Fit Adventure successor for home gamified exercise, Liteboxer VR’s news for Oculus Quest 2 sounded like something I wanted to play.

Thankfully, the PSVR 2 appears to be the VR headset I’ve been patiently waiting for, along with a reminder of why I should be glad I beat the bots in last year’s PS5 replenishment fights. .

So, without further prelude, let’s break down why I’m so excited about PSVR 2.

The Oculus Quest 2 may have been the popular giveaway of 2021, but it’s not for me. Why? I don’t want to own a device that is entirely inside and under the control of Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook. I only reluctantly have Instagram and Facebook accounts, but at least those services and apps have to follow the rules of the internet and Apple’s App Store.

(Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

While you can try to control Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp’s access to your data by changing web browser and phone settings, the same cannot be done so easily in a product’s versions and controls. Meta. Mark Zuckerberg’s company will only give you the preferences and settings they deem worthy.

And, to be frank, the last year (and every year before that) has proven to me that Meta is not capable of making these decisions responsibly.

If you’re wondering why I’m sticking so true to settings, check back in October, when Facebook was renamed Meta (which was comically poorly done, as you can see below).

The decision to try to evade Facebook branding for the entire parent company (the social network keeps the name) came under the eye of the Facebook Papers storm. The timing still seems too obvious to ignore, as the Meta brand has been exposed while Facebook documents released by whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed that many of our worst suspicions about the company were correct.

The Washington Post analysis found that Facebook values ​​user engagement over user safety; that the company has failed to effectively moderate content globally; and that Facebook had proof that Instagram was harmful to the mental health of teenage girls.

Knowing all this, I don’t use any Facebook product without at least a hint of guilt, and it gives me a serious reason to avoid plunging the headset first into an ecosystem entirely under its control.

Sony? I have no qualms about giving them other computer equipment in my house. Maybe one day they’ll prove me wrong, but they don’t mess things up as much as Meta / Facebook.

The PSVR 2 seems to meet my other need

When word of the PSVR 2 first broke, I undermined every item I could in search of one specific detail: can I use it despite my poor vision. I’m not blind, mind you, but I need some kind of prescription glasses, be it contact lenses or glasses. I’m also not like my friend Hunter, who used LASIK for a VR headset. I’m fine with wearing glasses, and think I’d rather miss out on a gaming experience than have corrective surgery.

First of all, the previous one is there because the original PSVR had adapters for corrective lens support. Heck, it was even designed so that you can wear glasses while wearing the helmet (although the double layers seem a bit too much), because the Faq for the headset noted that users could “telescope the lens closer and further from your face for the best fit.”

In addition to this, there is a Sony 2019 patent (as reported by DownloadVR) which gives me more reason to be optimistic. While the patents aren’t proof of anything you can bet on, it did show that Sony was looking for a pair of prescription glasses that would work with a new version of the PSVR, which included eye tracking. And then Sony’s PSVR 2 announcement included news that the glasses would support – you guessed it – eye tracking.

So bring the PSVR 2 games and experiences!

While I want to support any business that competes with Facebook, that alone won’t be enough. Fortunately, Sony seems to be focusing on quality.

Glad to see the little preview of Horizon Call of the Mountain provided in the video above, which will probably make me feel like I’m using a bow and arrows. And I bet this will probably only be the first of many exciting experiences for the PSVR 2.

I can’t wait to see the next announcements from Sony. I just hope the PSVR 2 doesn’t cost as much as a PS5 (which is likely) and easier to find in stock (which is less likely).


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