Sony has revealed the official name of its next-generation VR hardware for PlayStation 5 as the much less cumbersome PlayStation VR2, along with the hardware’s official specifications.
PlayStation VR2 will feature an OLED display with a resolution of 2000 x 2040 per eye. Each screen will sport a refresh rate of 90Hz/120Hz with a FOV of 110 degrees. It’ll feature adjustable lens separation and a six-axis motion sensing system, along with an IR Proximity sensor. That’ll be helped by the controllers, now officially dubbed the PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers.
The control system, for that matter, will combine eye tracking, headset feedback, 3D audio and the aforementioned controllers to “create an incredibly deep feeling of immersion”. PlayStation calls the headset feedback a “new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player”. It’ll do this by way of a vibration motor embedded in the headset itself. Furthermore, the headset will also utilise the PlayStation 5’s Tempest 3D audio tech, similar to its existing Pulse 3D headset.
In addition, the PSVR2 headset will also feature eye tracking. You’ll be able to simply look in a specific direction to trigger an input, which they say allows for “a heightened emotional response and enhanced expression” (which we’ll take to mean ‘pant-wettingly scary’ in a horror) in your PSVR2 games. Finally, we’re reassured that the PSVR2 headset will have a simple setup process with just one cable, so you should be able to get right into the action when it lands.
What we didn’t see was the PlayStation VR2 headset itself, a price or release date. Hopefully, we’ll hear more in the coming months. We did get the announcement of the first PSVR2 first-party game, however: Horizon Call of the Mountain. You can read more on that here.
PlayStation VR2 is the next generation of VR on PS5.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) January 5, 2022