The PlayStation 5 is a powerful gaming machine, and developers have only just started to tap into its potential. Games like Demon’s Souls and Ratchet and Clank: Rift in Time are among the most beautiful games ever made, and Sony is pushing the machine to the next level with its upcoming PlayStation VR2 headset.
This headset, a successor to the PlayStation 4’s PSVR, will allow PlayStation 5 owners to get fully immersive experiences with their next-gen consoles. Here’s what you need to know about this upcoming VR headset and what it could mean for the future of the virtual reality industry.
Early reviews have suggested that the PSVR 2 headset is much lighter than the competition. This is important because VR headsets that weigh too much can be highly distracting. When you’re playing a VR game, the last thing you want to be worried about is how heavy the headset is or how distracting it can be.
Notably, the headset also has haptic feedback. It has rumble motors like a controller, making it even more immersive. When combined with the new PSVR controllers, the experience is completely engrossing and can transport you to brand-new worlds.
The headset is one thing, but video games also need controllers. The new PSVR2 Sense controllers are reportedly excellent, too. They’ve got high-definition rumble haptics, ergonomic designs that help them fade away into the peripheral of your attention, and wrap-around wrist guards to keep you from accidentally flinging them across the room.
They’ve got responsive, clicky buttons, like the DualSense controller, and advanced motion sensors that make them a virtual stand-in for your hands when you’re exploring digital worlds. It’s easy to see how these can help you lose yourself in virtual landscapes.
The price and release date for the second-generation PlayStation Virtual Reality headset are both still up in the air. Sony says it plans to release the new headset in “early 2023,” but there’s no firm release date yet. Likewise, the company hasn’t said anything about pricing. The original PSVR headset retails for $250 when bundled with a game, but time will tell if this pricing will hold true for the new headset.
Notably, the PSVR2 headset features OLED displays and a more lightweight design, which means it will likely be more expensive than its predecessor. However, we’ll have to wait for confirmation from Sony before we know definitively either way.