Sony’s PlayStation VR2 headset is set to hit the shelves next year, bringing VR gameplay to the PlayStation 5 for the very first time. The official launch date was revealed in a post on Sony’s official PlayStation Blog website today (2nd November 2022), with headsets set to ship for the 22nd February 2023.
PlayStation VR2 (PS VR2) promises to deliver haptic feedback via its twin PS VR2 Sense controllers, replete with adaptive triggers. The headset will deliver 4K visuals (4000 x 2040 HDR video resolution equating to 2000 x 2040 per eye), featuring eye tracking and 3D audio from its headphones.
As well as being more powerful than Sony’s previous generation VR headset, the PS VR2 headset is also set to be more comfortable, thanks to a less bulky, lighter design and the addition of an integrated air vent to help with face cooling.
The original PlayStation VR headset catered to racing game fans thanks to games such as WipEout Omega Collection, Driveclub VR and GT Sport’s limited VR mode.
Unfortunately, there is a distinct lack of killer racing games among PS VR2’s current roster of announced titles but it is hoped that the likes of Gran Turismo 7 and F1 22 will offer players a way to implement PS VR2 in future. It must be noted, however, that Polyphony Digital and EA SPORTS have not confirmed their games will make it to PS VR2 in future.
However, when we spoke to Lee Mather, Senior Creative Director on EA SPORTS F1 22 earlier this year about the prospect of F1 22 using PS VR2, he was non-committal: “As I’ve said over the years, with VR, there’s nothing ever off the table. It’s always under discussion.”
That’s not a no, but not a yes.
The PS VR2 bundle – including PS VR2 headset, PS VR2 Sense controllers and stereo headphones – will be available to pre-order on the 15th of November for $549.99/€599.99/£529.99, with the headset officially launching on the 22nd of February 2023.
PS VR2 games and the PS VR2 Sense Controller charging station ($49.99/€49.99 /£39.99) will also be made available for pre-order at the same time. However, players in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg can register to pre-order their PS VR2 headsets now, via direct.playstation.com.
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PLAYSTATION VR2 FOR PS5 KEY FEATURES
- 4K resolution, 2000×2040 per eye, HDR, OLED display
- One-cable setup with no processor box
- Four cameras for headset and controller tracking
- IR camera for eye tracking per eye
- Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
- Adjustable lens separation
- Built-in microphone
- Stereo headphone jack and USB Type-C
- PS VR2 Sense – one vibration motor and 3D audio