Since the PS5 launched in November 2020, fans of PlayStation VR (PSVR) have been expecting and waiting for the news of the next generation version of PSVR for PS5, many reports suggested that it was being worked on but it was left for the original PSVR to try and work with the PS5 which left many disappointed.
But overnight Sony PlayStation finally announced the next generation version of the PSVR experience alongside the first game planned for it, Horizon Call of the Mountain, a spin off from Horizon Forbidden West. PSVR2 will look to utilise the power of the PlayStation 5 console and the new VR kit has some impressive new specs:
- Visual Fidelity: For a high-fidelity visual experience, PS VR2 offers 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view, and foveated rendering. With an OLED display, players can expect a display resolution of 2000×2040 per eye and smooth frame rates of 90/120Hz.
- Headset-based Controller Tracking: With inside-out tracking, PS VR2 tracks you and your controller through integrated cameras embedded in the VR headset. Your movements and the direction you look at are reflected in-game without the need for an external camera.
- New Sensory Features: PS VR2 Sense Technology combines eye tracking, headset feedback, 3D Audio, and the innovative PS VR2 Sense controller to create an incredibly deep feeling of immersion. Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player. It’s created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience. For example, gamers can feel a character’s elevated pulse during tense moments, the rush of objects passing close to the character’s head, or the thrust of a vehicle as the character speeds forward. Additionally, PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech makes sounds in the player’s surroundings come alive, adding to this new level of immersion.
- Eye Tracking: With eye tracking, PS VR2 detects the motion of your eyes, so a simple look in a specific direction can create an additional input for the game character. This allows players to interact more intuitively in new and lifelike ways, allowing for a heightened emotional response and enhanced expression that provide a new level of realism in gaming.
Currently this is all that has been revealed, we do not know what this kit looks like just yet nor do we have pricing or a release date for this or Horizon Call of the Mountain, but PlayStation appear set to ramp up the run to the release of this so I would expect more information to follow soon.
Whilst PSVR had little interest for me with the PS4 generation, I have to admit now that we are into the new generation of consoles and being so impressed with the PS5, the next gen of PSVR has more of my attention but absolutely will depend on the games and experiences available for it.
For more on the announcement of the PSVR2, check out the Official PlayStation Blog