Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched its next-generation virtual reality headset, PlayStation VR2, worldwide.
It claims that PS VR2 will take virtual reality gaming to a new level, with high-fidelity visuals, sensory capabilities and improved tracking. The VR2 headset comes with the PS VR2 Sense controller and is available internationally at a suggested retail price of $549.99 / €599.99 / £529.99 / 74,980 yen.
“At PlayStation, we strive to provide exceptional experiences for gamers,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “The innovative technology of PlayStation VR2 has helped unleash the creativity of the best developers in the industry, creating outstanding games that give players a greater sense of presence. I can’t wait for fans around the world to experience PlayStation VR2 for themselves.”
Building on the key innovations of PlayStation 5 (PS5), PlayStation VR2 heralds a generation of virtual reality experiences that will captivate gamers’ senses.
New sensory capabilities with PlayStation VR2 Sense technology: The combination of the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller, PlayStation VR2 headset feedback, 3D audio and eye tracking brings emotion and immersion to life.
PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that allow players to feel and interact with games in a much more intuitive way – whether it’s amplifying the pull of a bowstring or vibration effects during an epic boss fight. With finger touch recognition, the PS VR2 Sense controller can also detect the approximate location of your fingers, allowing you to make more natural gestures with your hands during gameplay. Headset Feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the player’s sensations of in-game actions. It is generated by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add a smart tactile element and bring players closer to the gaming experience. For example, players can feel a character’s increased heart rate during tense moments, the onslaught of objects flying close to the character’s head, or the thrust of a vehicle as the character races forward. 3D Audio leverages PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech to bring sounds to life around the PS VR2 player, adding to this new level of immersion. Eye Tracking detects the movement of the player’s eyes, so simply looking in a certain direction can generate additional input for the character. This allows players to interact more intuitively in new and lifelike ways.
Visual fidelity: For a high-fidelity visual experience, PlayStation VR2 features an OLED display with 4K HDR video format (2000 x 2040 per eye), smooth 90Hz/120Hz frame rates, 110-degree field of view, and optimized rendering.
Headset-Based Controller Tracking: With inside-out tracking, PlayStation VR2 tracks the player and controller via built-in cameras embedded in the VR headset. The player’s movements and line of sight are reflected in the game without the need for an external camera.
Engineered for comfort: The PlayStation VR2 headset was engineered with comfort in mind – it’s slightly lighter than the first PlayStation VR headset, even with additional new features. Also included is built-in ventilation for extra airflow while gaming, and a lens adjustment dial, giving users an additional option to adjust the lens distance between their eyes to optimize their vision. PlayStation VR2 will also have a simple setup process – with a single cable connecting directly to PS5, players can jump right into the VR experience.
With more than 100 titles currently in development, PlayStation VR2 will be released alongside a diverse portfolio of games from PlayStation Studios and third parties, including Horizon Call of the Mountain, Gran Turismo 7, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge Enhanced Edition, and Resident Evil Village. Additional titles will be released for PlayStation VR2 after the original release date, including The Walking Dead Saints and Sinners Chapter 2: Retribution, Creed Rise to Glory: Undisputed Edition, Tetris Effect, Firewall Ultra and more.
The breadth of the PlayStation VR2 game portfolio demonstrates the strength of the support from the industry’s leading game developers, who are committed to creating exceptional experiences for gamers in this generation of virtual reality games.
PlayStation VR2 specifications
Display MethodOLEDPanel Resolution2000 x 2040 per eyePanel Refresh Rate90Hz, 120HzLens SeparationAdjustableField of ViewApprox. 110 degreesSensorsMotion sensor: Six-axis motion detection system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)Motion sensor: IR proximity sensorCameras4 cameras for headset and controller trackingIR camera for eye tracking per eyeFeedbackVibration on headsetCommunication with PS5USB Type-CAudioinput: Built-in microphoneOutput: Stereo headphone jack
Specifications of the PlayStation VR2 Sense Controller
Buttons[Right]PS button, option button, action buttons (circle/cross), R1 button, R2 button, right stick/R3 button[Left]PS Button, Create Button, Action Buttons (Triangle/Square), L1 Button, L2 Button, Left Stick/L3 ButtonDetection/TrackingMotion Sensor: 6-axis motion detection system (3-axis gyroscope + 3-axis accelerometer) Capacitive sensor: Finger touch detectionIR LED: Position trackingFeedback Trigger effect (on R2/L2 button), Haptic feedback (by a single actuator per unit)ConnectionUSB Type-C portCommunicationBluetooth Ver5.1Battery type: Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Prices in GBP, EUR and JPY include taxes.
PlayStation VR2 is available from PlayStation’s online store at direct.playstation.com
For more information go to: www.playstation.com/ps-vr2