New PlayStation VR2 images and details revealed

Ross McGregor
Sony PlayStation VR2

Sony has today released details and images of the successor to their PlayStation VR (PSVR) system, the PlayStation VR2.

Designed to mimic the look of a white PS5 console, the PS VR2 boasts “stunning visual fidelity in 4K HDR” according to a post on PlayStation.Blog by Hideaki Nishino – Senior Vice President of Platform Experience at Sony.

The headset features the same headband-style fastening system as the original PS VR, and Sony have focused on comfort – a task made more difficult by the breadth of its player base. As a result, Sony added a vent hole in the headset in an effort to keep users’ heads cool and help de-fog the lenses.

Much like the extremely popular Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, the PS VR2 will also feature a lens adjustment dial to move the lenses closer or further apart – vital to achieving the sharpest image in both eyes.

The headset plugs into the PS5 via single cable and features twin PS VR2 Sense controllers. Interestingly, the headset itself offers haptic feedback thanks to a motor within the unit. PS VR users will be glad to hear the PlayStation Camera has been done away with, so VR is achievable with just the headset and controllers.

Sony PlayStation VR2

With the upcoming release of Gran Turismo 7, no doubt racing game fans will be keen to hear news on its compatibility with PS VR2. The game’s predecessor – Gran Turismo Sport – featured a substantially pared-down VR mode on PS4, so we can surmise that GT7 will feature VR in some fashion.

The timing of this PSVR2 announcement – two weeks before the release of GT7 – could be coincidental, but strongly hints at the prospect of compatibility with the game. We’ve been spoiled by some terrific VR racing experiences on PC, so the idea of GT7 running on PS5 is a racing game fan’s dream.

No more details on racing game compatibility have been revealed, but we’ll be sure to update you all as soon as more information is released.

Does PS VR2 look like a big improvement over PS VR? Do you think it will work well with a home console racing title such as GT7? Let us know in the comments below.

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