sony’s Playstation VR will be getting a much-needed overhaul. Meet the PlayStation VR 2 – Sony’s brand-new virtual reality experience matched with a brand-new VR2 Sense controller. Here comes the next generation of gaming for the PS5.
The PS5 didn’t launch alongside a new VR headset which left PlayStation 5 owners playing only PS4-compatible VR games for the first year of the console. But with the VR2, players will finally be able to experience the next-gen VR experience that the PS5 is capable of. It even comes with its own new controller that has the same functionalities as the PS5’s DualSense controller.
Announced during the Consumer Electronics Show, the PS VR2 will have the following improvements:
- 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.
Of course, the new PlayStation VR2 will also feature a controller, called the VR2 Sense, that has the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers of the DualSense controller. This adds a whole new level of immersion in virtual reality games – exclusively for the PlayStation 5.
Alongside the new PS VR2 is a new game from Guerilla Games: Horizon: Call of the Mountain. It’s co-produced with VR specialist Firesprite. A stand-alone game, Horizon: Call of the Mountain is a game built completely with the PS VR2 in mind. Sadly, however, both Horizon: Call of the Mountain and the PS VR2 don’t have a release date yet.