In a move that even people wearing VR headsets all day saw coming, Sony has confirmed the PlayStation VR 2. And, as with the reveal of the PlayStation 5 logo at CES 2020, that’s all the company is willing to let us see.
Oh, the hardware exists. It’s real. It’ll eventually launch. And we even know what it does and which features it’ll include. But Sony doesn’t want anyone looking at it just yet, which is why all they’ve shown off is the logo.
PlayStation VR 2: The Return of PSVR
In addition to confirming the name (which we could have guessed), Sony has also confirmed what the PlayStation 5 headset will do. There’s an upgraded resolution, of 2,000 x 2,040 per eye, which is more than the
Meta Oculus Quest 2 provides.
There’s also a 110-degree field-of-view and a new “inside-out” camera system that replaces the external camera used for the PS4-era PSVR. Like the Quest 2, it’ll track its whereabouts using the internal cameras. There’s also eye-tracking and haptic feedback being included in the headset.
Odds are we’re also looking at a substantial redesign. At least, that’s the impression given by the early look at the PlayStation VR 2’s controllers. It’s just a pity that we’re not allowed to look at it yet.
Sony also revealed the first exclusive for the PlayStation VR 2. Called Horizon: Call of the Mountain, the title is based in the Horizon: Zero Dawn universe. It looks like players will take on series protagonist Aloy’s role from a first-person perspective, though we suspect there will be rather fewer robotic T-Rex battles. Unless there’s a seriously ambitious motion control scheme, anyway.
Launch timing and pricing isn’t known, yet. Rumours indicate that they’ll go into production soon, with a launch date by the end of 2022. If you haven’t purchased a PlayStation 5 yet, the PlayStation VR 2 might just provide a little extra impetus to find one.
Source: Ars Technica