Meet the PSVR 2
Sony has started off 2022 by giving us some more information about the PSVR 2. The PSVR 2 is, fittingly, Sony’s second outing in VR, and they look to take what they learned the first time and apply it here. I can tell they are making some improvements because the PSVR 2 only has one wire to connect it to the PS5. That was the main thing that killed the original PSVR for me. Way too many wires!
Here are some of the features of the PSVR 2:
- Visual Fidelity: For a high-fidelity visual experience, PS VR2 offers 4K HDR, a 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.
This all sounds great, but really the takeaway is the single wire. Sony does seem to be taking VR seriously, but it is all going to come down to the games.
One such game will be Horizon Call of the Moutain. Not much is known yet, but you will play a new character and will meet new and returning characters, including Aloy. I know I’m excited about exploring more of the world of Horizon in VR. That just sounds like a great time.