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Sony’s New PlayStation VR2 Headset Officially Announced

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A brand new 4K VR headset is coming for PS5.

Sony have officially announced their new VR2 headset for the PlayStation 5 will be coming soon. And they shared some more details of the virtual reality gear on their official blog.

Known as the PlayStation VR2, the new device will launch alongside a new generation of VR controller; the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller.

The headline feature of the VR2 is 4K – this means images should look sharper and better than ever before, especially when compared with the current Sony VR headset.

VR2 will also include the following features…

  • Visual Fidelity: For a high-fidelity visual experience, PS VR2 will support 4K HDR and a 110-degree field of view. With an OLED display, the resolution will be 2000×2040 per eye with frame rates of 90/120Hz. That means super-smooth, smoother than many TVs.
  • Headset-based Controller Tracking: With ‘inside-out’ tracking, the PS VR2 will track 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 sitting on top of your TV.
  • New Sensory Features: PS VR2 Sense Technology will use eye tracking, headset feedback, 3D Audio, and the new PS VR2 Sense controller to create immersion in gaming. Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player using a built-in motor. 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 feel even more realistic to add to the 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.

 

All of these advancements in the PlayStation VR2, combined with the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers from the new PS VR2 Sense controllers should enable players to feel and interact with games in a much more visceral way.

Existing PlayStation VR owners will also be pleased to know that the PS VR2 will have a simpler setup process — with a single cable connected directly to PS5. We’re not wireless yet which will be disappointing for some, but it means the VR2 headset can make use of the full power of the PS5 console.

Alongside the new hardware, Sony have also announced one of their biggest exclusive franchises on PlayStation will be coming to PS VR2 – Horizon Call of the Mountain. The game is being built specifically for PS VR2.

More details to come on BuzzHut but in the meantime, here are the full specs…

PlayStation VR2 Specifications

Display method​ OLED
Panel resolution​ 2000 x 2040 per eye
Panel refresh rate​ 90Hz, 120Hz
Lens separation​ Adjustable
Field of View​ Approx. 110 degrees
Sensors​ Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)​
Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor
Cameras​ 4 cameras for headset and controller tracking​IR camera for eye tracking per eye
Feedback​ Vibration on headset
Communication​ with PS5 USB Type-C®
Audio​ Input: Built-in microphone​Output: Stereo headphone jack

PlayStation VR2 Sense Controllers Specifications

Buttons​ [Right]​
PS button, Options button, Action buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 button, R2 button, Right Stick / R3 button
​[Left]​
PS button, Create button, Action buttons (Triangle / Square), L1 button, L2 button, Left Stick / L3 button
Sensing/ Tracking Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer)
Capacitive Sensor: Finger Touch DetectionIR LED: Position Tracking
Feedback ​ Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Haptic Feedback (by single actuator per unit)
Port USB Type-C® Port
Communication​ Bluetooth® Ver5.1​
Battery​ Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery​

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