The virtual reality stakes recently kicked up a notch, with Sony unveiling the PlayStation VR2 at CES 2022.
Built for the still hard-to-get PlayStation 5 console, the PlayStation VR2 will supersede the original PlayStation VR that launched back in 2016 for the PlayStation 4.
Beat Saber has long been my VR go-to, although I was never a huge fan of the limited display resolution of the older PlayStation VR unit, which ran at 960×1080 pixels per eye. In a significant boost, the PlayStation VR2 will run at 2000×2040 per eye, which is higher than the Oculus Quest 2 and a bit below the HTC Vive Pro 2.
There will also (thankfully) be no need for an external camera, with embedded cameras in the PlayStation VR2 unit handling all the tracking, in line with its VR competitors.
One neat addition is eye tracking, which functions as an additional method of input. Here’s hoping this means games like 2021’s Before Your Eyes, which used your blinks to control the narrative, will make their way over to PlayStation.
The PlayStation Move wand-style controllers will finally get to retire, being replaced by PlayStation VR2 Sense Controllers, featuring what appears to be a similar haptic feedback system to the DualSense for more tactile input.
Headset feedback is built in too, which better be used for nice things like head massages and not bad things like simulating a spider crawling down your neck.
Not much is known about the PlayStation VR2’s form factor or potential price, although a glimpse at the new controller was shown last year before it was recently revealed to be known as the PlayStation VR2 Sense Controller.
Not wanting to leave us without anything to play on the new kit, Jan-Bart Van Beek, Studio Director at Guerilla, teased Horizon Call of the Mountain, an experience exclusive to PlayStation VR2 developed by Guerilla and Firesprite.
Most importantly, the Digital Foundry tech wizards over at Eurogamer are excited about the specs Sony’s revealed, which means us mere mortals should be too.
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Chris is an award-nominated writer based in Adelaide who specialises in covering video games and technology. He loves Donkey Kong Country, sport, and cats. The Last Jedi is the best one, no questions asked.