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

Sony has formalized a new virtual reality headset, called PlayStation VR2. This is an accessory designed for the PlayStation 5. While waiting for its launch expected a priori for 2023 at the earliest, we checked the information and rumors about it.

In February 2021, Sony surprised everyone by delivering the first details of the upcoming PlayStation VR headset. The accessory, which will use virtual reality to improve the immersion of video games, will accompany the PlayStation 5 – a console from which it will be difficult to get your hands on it, even several months after its launch. Less than a year ago, Sony gave it a name at CES 2022: the successor to PlayStation VR will be called… PlayStation VR2.

If virtual reality is still aimed at a niche audience, Sony took advantage of the encouraging launch of the first PlayStation VR – 5 million sales – to continue developing the technology in the right direction. Success must go through a catalog of quality games, a point that was lacking in the first generation. At this point, the new helmet can rely on the exclusive Horizon Call of the Mountain.

While waiting for the release of the new PlayStation VR, here’s what we know about it. Between the information shared by Sony and the first rumors, its contours emerged.

PlayStation VR2 // Source: Sony

What is the name of the new PlayStation VR?

Sony is not the most creative manufacturer when it comes to choosing a name for its products. Which explains why the successor to the PlayStation VR will simply be called the PlayStation VR2. In this sense, the helmet respects the nomenclature of the area since the first console.

The name of the controllers associated with the PlayStation VR2 is a little more original: they will be called PS VR2 Sense, in reference to the DualSense controller of the PlayStation 5.

What is the design of the PlayStation VR2?

Sony has yet to reveal the design of the PlayStation VR2. We can expect a futuristic look, after the PS5 (and the first PlayStation VR). We also think that the look that combines white and black will be part of it.

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

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

What are the features of PlayStation VR2?

In its first statement, Sony was content to say that the upcoming PlayStation VR ” benefit from major improvements in performance and interactivity “. The manufacturer pointed out several points for improvement: a wire to connect the console, a better quality visual experience and new controllers that will include the technologies introduced by DualSense.

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

So the new PS VR will be based on:

  • An OLED screen;
  • A definition of 4000 x 2040 pixels (ie 2000 x 2040 per eye) – against 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 of the pupillary distance, specific to each user);
  • A foveal translation;
  • A field of view of 110 degrees (compared to 100 for the first PlayStation VR);
  • HDR compatibility.

Foveal rendering, which already works on the HTC Vive Pro Eye, is a display optimization technique based on eye detection. It aims to improve the rendering of the elements on which the view is focused by sacrificing what is on the periphery – without the user noticing it. This allows to offer more beautiful graphics while saving resources.

Regarding motion recognition, the PlayStation VR2 will 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 has a microphone and you can connect headphones to it.

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

What are the features of PlayStation VR2?

To further enhance immersion, Sony promises ” new sensory features “. They are linked to eye tracking, vibrations produced by the headset and 3D Audio. ” For example, players can feel a character’s pulse quicken in moments of high tension, a grating sensation when objects pass near their character’s head, or even the push of a car accelerating. “, introduces the multinational. Gaze tracking can actually be translated into in-game commands.

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

  • The ability to quickly change settings from the control center (light, etc.);
  • A “cinema” mode, to play 2D games on a large 1920 by 1080 pixel screen;
  • A “See through” mode, which uses cameras outside the helmet to model the real world in the virtual environment (practical to find a physical object without removing the helmet);
  • The possibility of defining a playing field in your living room, by drawing land limits with the joystick (if you pass it, the helmet tells us and shows the real world);
  • A “streaming” mode to film yourself while you play (the face is embedded under the screen).

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

How will the PlayStation VR2 hook up to the PS5?

The PlayStation VR2 does not multiply cables: it must be connected to the PlayStation 5 through the USB-C port located on the front of the console. An excellent point for installation.

What are the features of PS VR2 Sense controllers?

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

Controllers will be the main argument of PlayStation VR for PS5. Sony uses specific DualSense specifications to enhance immersion. So we find the adaptive triggers (combining a tension when we press it, its force can be adjusted in the studios) and the haptic feedback (better vibrations). The manufacturer also mentions the detection of finger contact (for interactions without the need to press a button), through a capacitive sensor.

PlayStation VR (2nd Gen)
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 keys :

right joystick left joystick
PlayStation stuff
option key
Action keys (Round / Cross)
R1 button
R2 button
right stick
R3 button
PlayStation stuff
option key
Action Keys (Triangle / Square)
L1 button
L2 button
left stick
L3 button

What is the PlayStation VR2 catalog?

So far, Sony has formalized only one game on the PlayStation VR2: Horizon Call of the Mountain. It presents itself as a performance, with an immersion in a universe with a unique artistic direction.

At this time, it is unclear whether current VR titles will be backwards compatible. We remember about this that the first PlayStation VR worked on the PS5, through a free adapter requested from Sony.

The upcoming PlayStation VR in any case should be a flagship game like that Half-Life: Alyx to convince owners of a PlayStation 5.

also confirmed :

  • Resident Evil Village ;
  • Resident Evil 4 ;
  • The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners—Chapter 2 ;
  • No Man’s Heaven.

PlayStation VR2 release date and price

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

For the price, remember that the first PlayStation VR was launched for 400 euros. Its successor should cost at least as much, knowing that it needs a PS5 – 400 or 500 euros depending on the model – to make it work. When it comes down to it, it will be a big investment for those concerned.

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