PSVR 2: the first consumer headset to offer eye tracking
March 9, 2023
PlayStation redoubles its commitment to Virtual Reality and, after the launch of PS5, opens the door to the successor of PSVR giving a leap in quality. It is the first consumer helmet to offer eye tracking and the first to offer PC-quality VR without the need for a computer.
Its project already has specs, an official name and a logo, PlayStation VR2 will bring reality to next-gen consoles, starting with the format through its revamped PlayStation VR2 Sense controller.
If you are interested in learning more, here is everything you need to know about it, including the initial lineup of games and more.
VR2 Sense controller
The PlayStation VR2 is the ultimate accessory for the console and far improves on the original. Sony designed the entire PS5 with this headset in mind: you plug it directly into the front with a single USB-C cable. Then, its built-in cameras measure the real-time position of your head, hands operating the controller, and eyes to adjust a custom 4K image. The included controllers have the same fine haptic motors and motorized resistive triggers as the PS5 DualSense gamepad, plus a facial vibration motor in the headset itself.
PSVR 2 controllers
When you are grabbing things with the controllers, they are more solid compared to Meta’s Touch controllers, and their layout and accuracy is a dream compared to the original PSVR’s Move remotes. Sony has very smartly adopted the basic layout of the touch controllers, with a trigger, a grip button, two face buttons, an analog stick, and a menu or share button on each hand. On top of that, it is added a PlayStation button to the center of each of them, letting you pair the controllers or pull up the homescreen.
Clarifying one thing
As far as VR goes, PSVR 2 only plays PSVR 2 games. That is, it is not compatible with previous PSVR titles, and you cannot hook it up to a Windows PC and use it with SteamVR or Oculus games, like you can with Meta Quest 2. Sony opted to build a new ecosystem from scratch.
That puts some pressure on Sony to offer a lineup of original games to justify the price of the virtual reality headset. The company announced that on launch day you could play Resident Evil Village and most of Gran Turismo 7 in VR.
Price, release date and reservations for PlayStation VR 2
PlayStation VR 2 is available from February 22 through two packs:
- The PlayStation VR 2 pack, without games, is on sale for €599.99 or $549.99. In the box we will find the PS VR2 device itself, two PS VR2 Sense controllers, and the stereo headset, as well as everything not necessary to connect it to the console.
- The PlayStation VR 2 pack with Horizon Call of the Mountain is priced at €649.99 or $599.99 and includes a digital copy of the game, as well as all the contents of the previous pack.
Alongside both packs, Sony will put on sale a charging station that is offered separately and is valued at €49.99 or $49.99.
So follow the PlayStation legend “Experience the next generation of virtual reality gaming with stunning 4K HDR visuals, genre-defining games and unique sensations thanks to the innovative PlayStation VR2 headset and PlayStation VR2 Sense controller.”