PSVR 2 vs PSVR – the biggest differences we know so far

At CES 2022, Sony finally announced the long rumor PlayStation VR2. Beyond just saying the device exists, Sony has been kind enough to provide concrete specs on its upcoming virtual reality headset. The company has not disclosed what the final unit will look like and has not disclosed a potential exit window. Still, the specs are enough to make Tom’s Guide Staff Writer Rory Mellon want to buy a PSVR 2 on the first day.

There are good reasons for current PSVR users and VR enthusiasts to be excited about the PSVR 2. It features 2000 x 2040 resolution OLED screens per eye, built-in cameras, single cable configuration, new controllers and even an AAA exclusive to call your own: Horizon Call of the Mountain. While it might not be as powerful as devices like the HTC Vive Pro 2, the PSVR 2 seems like, at least on paper, a big improvement over its predecessor.

But how do the PSVR and PSVR 2 compare directly? This might be an unfair question given that we cannot yet subject the PSVR 2 to actual testing against the PSVR. But the published specs for the PSVR 2 are official, so head-to-head comparisons are fair game. Plus, who doesn’t appreciate a good one-on-one match? Let’s see what each VR device provides.

PSVR vs PSVR 2: Specifications

specification PSVR PSVR 2
Resolution (per eye) 960×1080 2000×2040
Refresh rate 90 Hz, 120 Hz 90 Hz, 120 Hz
Field of view (approx) 100 degrees 110 degrees
Cameras Nothing Four integrated helmet cameras
Return Nothing Unique integrated motor
audio Built-in microphone and stereo headphone jack Built-in microphone and stereo headphone jack

PSVR vs PSVR 2: Display

Both VR headsets have OLED screens. However, where the original PSVR sported a resolution of 960 x 1080, the PSVR 2 has a resolution of 2000 x 2040. It’s not a small jump, to say the least. One of the main complaints people had with PSVR was its low resolution and almost non-existent anti-aliasing in some titles. The higher resolution will bring out additional graphic details. The power of the PS5 undoubtedly facilitates the higher resolution of the headset.

The 110-degree field of view of the PSVR 2 is a step up from the 100-degree field of view of the PSVR. In truth, there haven’t been many complaints about the PSVR’s field of view. But the additional 10 degrees offered by the PSVR 2 will help you immerse yourself more in the title you are playing.

Both headsets have refresh rates of 90 to 120Hz. Although it would have been nice if the PSVR 2 featured refresh rates of 144 or 165Hz, 90 and 120Hz would suffice. For those wondering why headsets have their respective frame rates, it’s because virtual reality needs higher frame rates to reduce the chances of users suffering from motion sickness. Again, it would have been better to see higher refresh rates on the new headset but we can’t really complain too much.

PSVR vs PSVR 2: Cameras, feedback and connection

The PSVR 2 has four integrated helmet cameras and a single integrated motor. PSVR has neither. Both devices have USB-A and HDMI ports, but the PSVR also has a USB-C port. In terms of connection, both headsets have built-in microphones and stereo headphone jacks.

The additional cameras and the built-in motor should make a significant difference. The PSVR 2 features headset-based controller tracking via a built-in camera. He is also able to follow the eyes. These are major improvements over the original PSVR’s single-camera light tracking system. Headset / controller based tracking should be more accurate as it no longer requires the use of a camera mounted on your TV.

The only built-in motor will add vibration to the PSVR 2 headset. It’s easy to imagine the device purring or shaking if, say, an in-game enemy hits you in the head. We’re not sure if all users will appreciate the headset’s vibrations, but this addition could be a selling point for some. The 3D audio technology of the PS5 and the haptic feedback of the new PSVR 2 Sense controllers will of course be complemented by the vibrations of the headphones.

PSVR vs PSVR 2: Controllers

(Image credit: Sony | Remix via Nick Bush)

We are happy that Sony is abandoning the old PS Move controllers used for the PSVR in favor of the newer PSVR 2 Sense controllers.

We have already covered PSVR 2 controllers, but to sum up, the new controllers allow a more natural grip and a much higher degree of freedom of movement than the PS Move controllers. The shape and size should accommodate a range of hand sizes. Like the PlayStation 5 Dual Sense controllers, these controllers feature adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.

PSVR 2 Sense controllers offer tactile finger detection. This allows them to detect where your fingers are placed without any button input. Controllers will use a tracking ring located at the bottom. As we said above, this is a major upgrade since the controller and headset will more accurately track your movements. The controllers also feature analog sticks, which is a blessing in itself as it could practically eliminate the annoying point-and-click movement used by many PSVR games.

PSVR vs PSVR 2: Cables

We have good news and bad news, and the two are the same: the PSVR 2 will only have one cable.

Even the most avid PSVR user will tell you that using headphones can be a precarious proposition due to the two cables connected to the PlayStation 4. Make sudden movements or have a pet or small child wander in the path said cables could be a recipe for costly disaster. Having only one cable should make the PSVR 2 safer to use.

But of course, the fact that the VR headset still requires a wired connection is disappointing. Criticize the Oculus Quest 2 whatever you want, but its wireless connectivity is undoubtedly one of the reasons it has become so popular. It’s somewhat baffling that the PSVR 2 doesn’t offer a wireless connection. For some, this aspect alone could be a deciding factor – especially if they are used to Quest 2. As Imad Khan, editor of Tom’s Guide News said, the PSVR 2 not being a standalone headset is a problem.

PSVR vs PSVR 2: Outlook

The Playstation VR2 has a lot of features and upgrades that we’ve come to expect. The higher resolution display, improved tracking features, and new controllers are a huge advancement over the current PSVR. From a specification standpoint, the PSVR 2 demolishes the PSVR. The only downside we see is the wired connection. However, given that he has fewer sons than his predecessor, it’s at least a step in the right direction.

Again, it might not be fair to compare a device that is yet to be released to its current iteration. But from what we know, there is something to be excited about with the PSVR 2. If the system is priced right and it is fully backward compatible with the latest generation PSVR games, it should be a winner for them. fans of virtual reality games.


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