Sony has lastly given us our first have a look at the PlayStation VR2 together with extra detailed photographs of the Sense 2 controllers. The headset seems much like the earlier mannequin however provides some noteworthy enhancements, together with a lens adjustment dial and a brand new vent design.
Aesthetically, the PSVR2 matches the Sense controller with an “orb” form meant to symbolize the 360-degree view gamers get once they expertise VR. PlayStation Senior Vice President Hideaki Nishino wrote in a weblog submit that the design is supposed to match the PS5 and its equipment; the unique headset already sported a black-and-white shade scheme however this new one has smoother curves (like these on the DualSense controller) and goes all-white for the entrance cowl. It additionally has these tiny PlayStation symbols discovered on the PS5 and DualSense controller whenever you have a look at them by means of a magnifying glass.
“Our purpose is to create a headset that won’t solely grow to be a sexy a part of your lounge decor, however can even preserve you immersed in your recreation world, to the purpose the place you virtually overlook you might be utilizing a headset or controller,” Nishino wrote. “That’s why we paid very shut consideration to the ergonomics of the headset and carried out in depth testing to make sure a cushty really feel for quite a lot of head sizes.”
New to the PSVR 2 is a lens adjustment dial so gamers modify the lenses to be the perfect distance between their eyes. The headset can be slimmer than the earlier one and weighs barely much less, which ought to enhance consolation. There’s additionally a brand new vent design meant to enhance airflow and preserve the headset cool whenever you’re gaming for hours on finish. Options carried over from the unique PSVR embrace an adjustable scope and a stereo headphone jack.
This is the first time we’re seeing the PSVR 2 after Sony officially announced the headset back in January. At the time, we learned that it will operate with a single USB-C cord and supports haptic feedback (via a new built-in motor), eye tracking, 4K resolution with HDR, 90 or 120Hz frame rates, foveated rendering, and a field of view of 110 degrees. With the controller’s adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, Sony said the headset will deliver “a heightened range of sensations unlike any other.”
A successor to Sony’s original VR headset, which launched five years ago on the PS4, is long overdue. While Sony was among the first companies to find commercial success within the VR space, its headset has fallen behind competing devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which have been updated with more advanced technology. That said, one advantage Sony enjoys is exclusivity to the PS5 console and games made specifically for the system, like Horizon Call of the Mountain, an upcoming VR adventure game set in the Horizon universe.
Sony didn’t provide pricing or a release date for the PSVR 2, nor has it addressed potential supply chain issues that could make this headset as difficult to purchase as the console it connects to.