Are You Ready For Your Head To Rumble?
Sony used this year’s CES to reveal the next generation of PlayStation VR, creatively titled PlayStation VR2. Set to launch alongside a brand new Horizon VR title, there’s still a lot we don’t know. Still, we have a lot more details than we did 24 hours ago. Increased visual fidelity, with true 4K displays, was a given here but there’s a lot more news.
A big push for the PlayStation VR2 will be a whole new way to interact with VR worlds. This includes killer features like eye tracking which allows the game to know what you’re looking at, using that as a potential input in the game. 3D Audio will add extra immersion as will a new haptic feedback option in the headset itself. Sony touted how this can let you feel an increased pulse from your character or even feel the wind rushing past you as you zoom around in a vehicle. Time will tell how this actually feels, it appears to be a VR first, but it’s certainly an interesting option.
Perhaps the biggest change to the device itself will be new cameras embedded in the headset itself for tracking purposes. That means no more staying in view of a camera mounted on top of your TV, a big plus. Many might be sad to see you still need to stay connected to your system, though it was always unlikely this would be a true wireless option despite the success of the Meta Quest 2. Still, the wires will at least be cut down. There’s no sign of a big connection box like the first PlayStation VR needed. You’ll connect to your system with a single USB C cable.
While we haven’t seen the system itself, Sony previously showed off the controllers last year. Still, we now have a name for these controllers that look a lot like those found on the Quest. They’ll be known as PlayStation VR2 Sense Controllers. A bit of a mouthful, but they at least look comfortable.
We still don’t know an awful lot about this system. Price, release date (or even window), whether games for the first PlayStation VR will work on it, what other games are coming, there’s a lot for Sony to unveil still. Hopefully we’ll have more information soon. For now, check out the reveal below provided by the team at CNET.