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PSVR 2: Release date, specs & new features *BREAKING*

Playstation VR 2 latest news
Amaar Chowdhury Updated on by

Playstation VR 2 is coming soon, and the upcoming generation of Virtual Reality looks incredible.

Sony has officially announced the PSVR 2 alongside the Playstation VR2 Sense controller, and the bundle is set to release in early 2023. We could also be seeing a rival release of the Meta Quest Pro in 2023 too.

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PSVR 2 release date confirmed

According to a tweet from the official PlayStation account, we now have a confirmed release date for the PSVR 2 – February 22, 2023.

PlayStation have announced on their blog that pre orders begin later this month, meaning that consumers will have plenty of time to ensure their orders before the release date in February.

Alongside that, we’re going to be seeing the following prices for the PSVR 2: $549.99 / €599.99 / £529.99 / ¥74,980.

The PSVR 2 is announced alongside a PSVR 2 Horizon Call of the Mountain bundle costing $599.99 / €649.99 / £569.99 / ¥79,980.

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What to expect from the PSVR 2?

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As per a Sony blog-post, here are some of the new features we can expect from the new PSVR 2 headset.

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. 

Playstation Blog, January 2022.

Will there be any PSVR 2 stock on release?

PSVR 2 invites to pre-orders are already live and in very high demand, despite the actual release date not being until February.

We’re predicting a lot hype around the PSVR 2, so it’s very possible that it’ll be a challenge getting your hands on the PSVR 2 headset upon release. Indeed, Sony has also chosen to sell the first batch of headsets directly from their website, meaning at least to begin with everyone will be flocking to PlayStation’s website.

What’s new with the PSVR 2?

The biggest new feature with PSVR 2 that trumps pretty much all other headsets is the 4K functionality. With a maximum framerate of 120, the average consumer is yet to experience such a visually engorging experience in VR. Two 2000 x 2040 OLED displays sit inside the headset, which splashes the 960 x 1080 OLED displays of the previous iteration far out of the water.

Another key addition to the PSVR 2 is eye-tracking, which allows players to have another mode of input to the device and the games they are playing.

Sensory feedback is now an option, which will further immerse you into the game – if the 4K @ 120fps wasn’t already enough!

What’s new with the PSVR 2 Sense controller?

The new design of the PSVR 2 Sense controller is extremely ergonomic and offers great functionality. The orb design allows you to both manoeuvre the controller and use the buttons and joysticks simultaneously, which is really key when enjoying VR as you want to limit your connection to the real world as much as possible.

The analog buttons remind of the buttons within the Dualshock 4 ecosystem, so you know that you’re in for a comfortable gaming experience.

Not only that, but haptic feedback and finger touch detection improves your immersion and reduces the amount of interaction you need with a device to receive an input or to output a command yourself.

Overall, the new controller is a huge improvement on the Playstation Move controllers that were previously required for PSVR.

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What are the PSVR 2 specs?

  • 2 x (2000 x 2040) OLED at 90 / 120 Hz
  • 110 degrees F.O.V
  • Six-axis motion sensing system
  • IR proximity sensor
  • 4 embedded camera
  • Haptic vibration feedback
  • USB Type-C
  • Microphone
  • Headphone jack

Is the PSVR 2 backwards compatible with PSVR games?

In an interview on the official Playstation Podcast, Hideaki Nishino confirmed that PSVR games will not be compatible with PSVR 2 headsets in order to provide a “next-generation VR experience.”

This is partially due to the hardware differences between the two platforms, with the PSVR 2 relying on an entirely new design of hardware, compared to the PSVR which uses Playstation Move.

We can only hope that some of the PSVR’s biggest games, such as Astrobot, receive a working port to PSVR 2.

What games will be available on PSVR 2?

  • Horizon Call of the Mountain
  • No Man’s Sky
  • The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Firewall Ultra
  • Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge
  • Demeo

These are the games announced as of yet, though we anticipate many more games launching after the PSVR 2. The most recent PSVR 2 game announcement was for Dark Pictures: Switchback which is set to be a terrifyingly immersive VR horror experience.

PSVR 2 release date FAQs

What bundles are there for the PSVR 2?

PlayStation are launching a Horizon Call of the Mountain bundle for $599.

Is the PSVR 2 expensive?

The PSVR 2 is going to cost $549, which is almost $200 dollars higher than the PSVR on release. This was expected after release of the Meta Quest Pro.