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PSVR vs PSVR 2: Is PlayStation’s latest VR headset worth the upgrade?

Amaar Chowdhury Updated on by

The VR world has been shaken by the Meta Quest Pro, which totally shifted the dynamic away from gaming and lends itself to business world instead. So, before the release of the PSVR 2 we hope to answer two questions: is the PSVR still worth it and is the PSVR 2 worth the upgrade?

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The PSVR launched in 2016, only three years after the PS4 and four years before the PS5. You’d be forgiven for having reservations on the headset due to its aging hardware. Compared the the PSVR 2, which won’t release until early 2023, there’s going to be an almost seven year gap between the two.

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PSVR vs PSVR 2 price comparison

The PSVR will cost you roughly $200 nowadays, whereas we expect the PSVR to cost between $400 – $500.

This is a significant price difference, though entirely expected from devices released seven years apart. There’s two things to consider here:

  • Is the aging PSVR worth $200
  • Is the PSVR 2 worth $400-$500?

By the end of the article, we hope to have answered these questions for you.

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PSVR vs PSVR 2 – specs and features

The price leads us onto the meat of the comparison – specs and features.

SpecificationPSVRPSVR 2
Display typeOLEDOLED HDR
Display size5.7-inchUnknown
Resolution (per eye)1920 x 10802,000 x 2,040
Refresh rate (Hz)90 – 12090 – 120
Field of View100°110°
SensorsAccelerometerSix-axis motion sensor
ConnectivityHDMI, USBUSB-C
CamerasRequires Playstation Camera4 for headset and controllers
Feedback typeControllerHaptic feedback on headset and controller

The biggest feature that the PSVR 2 crushes the PSVR on is the 4K visual output. On a VR headset – that’s phenomenal. Especially considering the $1,499 priced Meta Quest Pro is capable of this, it only makes the PSVR 2’s qualities shine.

The PSVR 2’s 110° Field of View trumps the PSVR once again as expected, and this is hugely underrated feature in a VR headset in immersing users. The HDR display panel will also help to reduce the screen door effect, which older VR headsets often struggle with.

Following suit with other modern VR headsets, the in-built cameras and six-axis motion sensor effectively make the Playstation Camera redundant – which is another attractive feature for the 2023 released headset.

Overall, the PSVR 2 is the obvious candidate if you’re looking to grab a new VR headset come January, however that doesn’t mean the original PSVR is completely redundant.

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Can you use a PSVR with PS5?

One of the advantages to the PSVR is its compatibility with the PS5. If you’re going to be playing your PS4 compatibly PSVR games, you can luckily play them via your PS5. This is a nice touch from Sony as it extends the PSVR’s lifespan beyond the release of the PSVR 2, which is not often the case with huge hardware releases such as these.

Can you play PSVR games on PSVR 2?

Unfortunately, Sony have decided to exclude any backwards compatibility for the PSVR 2. You won’t be able to play any of the games that you could on PSVR as PlayStation are aiming to isolate the new PSVR 2 to the newer games that are designed for next generation VR gaming.

This is only another reason for consumers to think about buying a PSVR, as the selection of games available on it are some of the best VR games on the market.

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Final Verdict

Ultimately, our opinion is that both consoles are fantastic and have great arguments explaining their worth. However, as videogame and tech enthusiasts – our hearts are drawn to emerging technology that looks to change the landscape. PSVR 2 absolutely does that by offering a reasonably priced entry to the next generation of VR headsets.

Though it hasn’t been released yet, we anticipate its launch to usher in a new generation of gamers interested in VR thanks to the great quality it’s expected to bring.

That being said, the original PSVR is also a good option for the price, and we have very little bad things to say about the headset.


Will the PSVR become obsolete?

We expect the PSVR to have a place in gamers homes beyond the release of the PSVR 2, however it’s unlikely to receive many new games and official support past January 2023.

Is the PSVR 2 out yet?

The PSVR 2 is yet to release, though we’ve had confirmation from Sony that it will release in early 2023.