PlayStation has just dropped an official announcement for the PS VR2 headset and PlayStation VR2 Sense controller on us - it's been less than a week and we're already getting huge news from Sony in 2022! With all the specifications laid out on the table, though, we're all asking the same thing...
When does Sony's next-gen VR headset come out? What release date are we looking at for the PS VR2?
When does the PS VR2 come out?
PlayStation's recent announcement officially confirming the PS VR2 was chock-full of details - there's a specification breakdown of both the PS VR2 headset and PS VR2 Sense controller alongside a detailed run-down of the new features coming with the hardware.
However, there's no release date to speak of. In fact, there's not even a general release window to talk about!
We know this isn't the news you wanted to hear, but it looks like PlayStation are keeping tight-lipped about when we can actually see the PS VR2 on shelves - or virtual shelves. With an announcement this early, we're expecting a Holiday 2022 release at the absolute latest - but, take this with a pinch of salt as it's largely speculation at this point. PlayStation's PSVR headset was released in October 2016, though, so something along the same lines isn't completely out of the question.
For now though, here's what to expect from the PS VR2 when we eventually get to release day:
Visual Fidelity: For a high-fidelity visual experience, PS VR2 offers 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view, and foveated rendering. With an OLED display, players can expect a display resolution of 2000×2040 per eye and smooth frame rates of 90/120Hz.
Headset-based Controller Tracking: With inside-out tracking, PS VR2 tracks you and your controller through integrated cameras embedded in the VR headset. Your movements and the direction you look at are reflected in-game without the need for an external camera.
New Sensory Features: PS VR2 Sense Technology combines eye tracking, headset feedback, 3D Audio, and the innovative PS VR2 Sense controller to create an incredibly deep feeling of immersion. Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player. It’s created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience. For example, gamers can feel a character’s elevated pulse during tense moments, the rush of objects passing close to the character’s head, or the thrust of a vehicle as the character speeds forward. Additionally, PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech makes sounds in the player’s surroundings come alive, adding to this new level of immersion.
Eye Tracking: With eye tracking, PS VR2 detects the motion of your eyes, so a simple look in a specific direction can create an additional input for the game character. This allows players to interact more intuitively in new and lifelike ways, allowing for a heightened emotional response and enhanced expression that provide a new level of realism in gaming.