A new Bloomberg report reveals that Sony is banking heavily on the launch of PS VR2, having ordered two million units to be ready by March 2023. In view of the difficult global economic situation and the current virtual reality trends, this is an extremely courageous step.
The first PlayStation VR took almost eight months (from October 2016 to June 2017) to sell one million units. Metas Quest 2 was able to ship nearly three million units in Q1, but this virtual reality device is standalone, unlike PS VR2 (which relies on owning a PlayStation 5 console).
Needless to say, the success of the PS VR2 will depend heavily on pricing. Sony hasn’t announced it yet, but chances are it won’t come cheap given the stringent specs and current raw material costs. Meta was forced to increase the retail price of its Quest 2 by $100 in August in response to increased production costs.
Sony hasn’t even announced a firm release date yet, although the company said its new VR device will ship worldwide in early 2023. Sony also recently announced that PS VR2 will not be compatible with original PS VR games as intended for a next-gen experience.
Around 20 launch titles are said to be available for the PlayStation VR2, including Horizon Call of the Mountain, developed by Firesprite in collaboration with Guerrilla Games, and others such as Resident Evil Village, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution and Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge – Enhanced Edition. First Contact Entertainment is also working on Firewall Ultra, a sequel to the multiplayer first-person shooter released for PS VR.
PS VR2 specifications and features
4K HDR display
Experience stunning virtual reality environments in clear focus with 4K High Dynamic Range visuals and up to 120 fps as dual 2000 x 2040 OLED displays deliver more than four times the resolution produced by the original PlayStation VR headset.
Enjoy comfortable gaming sessions with a wide 110º field of view and a lightweight, well-balanced Fresnel lens. The lens adjustment dial allows you to adjust the distance between the lenses to suit your eye position for an optimal image on the screen. The PS VR2 headset also features a vent that allows airflow to the lenses, reducing fogging and improving player comfort.
Interact in new and lifelike ways as the PS VR2 headset detects the movement of your eyes, allowing for increased emotional response and enhanced expression when meeting other players online.
Eye-tracking cameras follow your line of sight when you aim or look around, while advanced foveated rendering techniques enhance the visual experience by adjusting resolutions to pinpoint and enhance exactly what you’re focusing on.
Play with freedom as PS VR2 tracks you and your controllers through four cameras built into the headset. Your movements and your line of sight are reflected in the game without the need for an external camera.
Feel the subtle, responsive headset vibrations at key moments during gameplay. Generated by a single built-in motor, these vibrations add a smart tactile element to the sensory immersion of play.
Recognize your character’s increased heart rate in tense moments, the onslaught of objects passing close to your head, or the thrust of your vehicle as you dash forward.
Tempest 3D Audio Tech
Surround yourself with incredibly realistic soundscapes as the in-game audio dynamically adjusts to your position and head movements.
Feel a character’s presence as they whisper in your ear, locate friends and foes by their shots or footsteps, and experience the creeping fear of a threat approaching from every direction.
single cable connection
Jump straight into new virtual worlds with a simple one-cable connection to the PlayStation 5 console’s front USB port. PS VR2 is quick and easy to set up – just plug in and play.
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