Sony’s PSVR 2 is coming our way, but the big question is when it will come out. We’ll tell you everything we know about Sony’s next-generation VR headset, including the latest leaks, rumors, and anything else that can help you figure out when it will come out.
PSVR 2 Release Date Speculation
We know the PSVR 2 is coming, but a release date hasn’t been given. However, Sony has given us a time frame for when it will come out. Sony recently posted on Instagram that the PSVR 2 will come to us in early 2023. This also seems to be what the trustworthy leaker PSVR Without Parole thought. This time, Bloomberg and other news sources were wrong when they said the PSVR 2 could come out in December.
It’s an exciting move by Sony, especially considering how busy the holidays are. How soon are we talking about 2023? At this point, it’s hard to say, but we think it will still be close to December because buying tends to slow down after the busy holiday shopping season. The official website for Sony’s PSVR 2 headset is now live, and you can sign up to get important information, such as alerts about when pre-orders will be available. This might give you a better idea of when to expect the headset.
Should you wait for PSVR 2, though? Well, it’ll probably have to compete with the Meta Quest 3, Project Cambria, and Apple’s augmented reality headset, all of which are likely to come out by the end of the year or early in 2023. In a recent interview on the Joe Rogan show, Zuckerberg said that Meta’s next VR headset would be ready in October.
Along with these more prominent companies, there are a few more independent headsets that could come to us. One of these is an Arpara headset with a 5K Micro OLED display inspired by Sword Art Online. And Magic Leap 2, which is pretty powerful. In the next couple of years, there may be more competition, such as Apple Glasses and many other excellent smart glasses with powerful augmented reality tech.
This is happening simultaneously with the possible release of Google’s Project Iris, which is said to be in development, and reports that Microsoft has canceled plans for HoloLens 3, even though the PSVR 2 may have already dominated the market by then.
PSVR 2 News Just In
As the PSVR 2’s release date gets closer, more news is coming out about the games that will work with it. On the PlayStation blog, it was just said that Firewall Ultra would be coming to PSVR 2. You can watch the trailer at the link below. The game says it will use many PSVR 2 features, like eye-tracking to bring up different heads-up displays (HUDs) and change weapons. Because PSVR 2 has 4K HDR, they have also changed the maps and character models. Firewall Ultra joins other games coming out soon that we can’t wait to play.
Horizon: Call of the Mountain, which could be a good The Walking Dead VR: Saints & Sinners Chapter 2: Retribution and a rumored Hideo Kojima PSVR 2 game are on the list. According to a response from Brandon J. Laatsch, there is also a “high chance” that well-known game developers Stress Level Zero will make games for PSVR 2.
PSVR 2 Headset Design
As we’ve already talked about, Sony recently showed off the design of the PSVR 2, which offers a headset that looks sleeker and more modern than the first one: Sony has also said that this new headset is slightly lighter than the last generation. They have also confirmed that the lenses are adjustable and have an attractive new vent design and a way to keep the lenses from fogging up.
Recent news stories have also said that the PSVR 2 cable can be taken off and put back on. If this is true, players won’t have to buy a new headset if one of the wires breaks. We don’t know how much the device weighs precisely yet, but as soon as we do, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Info on the PSVR 2 headset
The PlayStation blog posted new information about the PSVR 2’s specs, and they did not disappoint. Below are the specs for the headset, and there are a few features that stand out. We’ll get OLED screens with up to 120Hz framerates and a 110-degree field of view. We’re also getting a massive resolution of 2000 x 2040 per eye. This is a significant improvement over the original PSVR headset, which had two separate displays instead of a larger 4000 x 4080 panel.
A leak from analyst Ross Young also said that the PSVR 2 displays’ pixel density for both eyes should almost double from the original headset’s 386PPI to 800PPI. This 800 PPI number is twice as high as the Quest 2’s. Interestingly, the same leak said that the headset should have “Direct RGB OLED” displays, and analyst Brad Lynch thinks these panels will be 3.5 inches.
We also know that these panels will have Fresnel lenses, which squeeze the shape of a lens into a thinner package so that the whole thing can be lighter. If you have them, you can change how each display looks to fit your eyes. Eye-tracking and new sensory features make the game more immersive by combining 3D audio and haptic feedback through the new controllers. This means that you can “feel” the speed of things moving by you in the game or the pull of the vehicle as you speed up.
On the topic of eye-tracking, Tobii, one of the market leaders in eye-tracking technology, said in February that they are in talks to add it to PSVR 2. This is interesting because it suggests that the headset may not be as far along in development as first thought. Also, you can easily connect the PSVR 2 to your PS5 with a single USB-C cable. It’s important to note that, based on its specs, the PSVR 2 seems to do well compared to the other headsets on the market, both the original PSVR and the Oculus Quest 2.
Details about the PSVR 2 controller
And, like how the PS5’s DualSense is different from the PS4’s DualShock 4, it looks like the original PSVR controllers will also be changed. The new controllers will have haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, making the experience much more tactile and immersive. They will also be able to connect to devices via Bluetooth 5.1 and can be charged through USB-C. Check out our separate article on PSVR 2 controllers for a more detailed breakdown of what we know so far.
What We’re Still Waiting To Know
Even with the big announcement, we still need to answer some big questions. However, some rumors and trends could give us an idea of what to expect.
PSVR 2 Price
We don’t know how much the PSVR 2 will cost because there hasn’t been any official information or leaks. We can, however, make a rough guess based on the original PSVR. The first generation of PSVR costs £349/$399, and it would make sense for the second generation to be priced the same way. There is also the idea that it could be more expensive than the first PSVR. This is because the new version has much more technology, like eye-tracking and haptic feedback, which won’t be cheap.