Sony releases first PlayStation VR2 headset images and more specs
Once hyped as the next big thing, Virtual Reality has been in a bit of a lull for the past few years. However, now that the Metaverse and Web 3.0 are pushing for a more gamigfied structure for crypto blockchains, the interest in VR is seeing a resurgence and established companies are rushing to upgrade their VR headset offerings. Sony, for instance, has had moderate success with the original PlayStation VR headset from its initial launch in 2016 and, with the release of the PS5 console, the company also teased a possible upgrade. The new VR controllers were already revealed last year, and it looks like Sony is almost ready to launch the VR2 headset as it recently provided pictures and additional hardware details.
Sony’s VR2 headset is not that different from the original, although we can see that the design is obviously more along the lines of a PS5 console with a black and white color scheme. QoL features now include a lens adjustment dial, a redesigned vent and slightly reduced overall weight. When it comes to hardware improvements, however, Sony is really upping the ante as the VR2 headset integrates a 4K HDR display with 90 / 120 Hz refresh rate plus foveated rendering. Additionally, it supports haptic feedback, eye tracking, 110 degree field of view and it only requires a USB-C cable to connect to the PS5 console.
Still no info on the actual launch date and price, unfortunately. Sony would presumably not go too far beyond the US$349 launch price of the original model. The competition today is a bit more fierce compared to 2016, since Oculus lowered the prices on the Quest 2 to just US$299. There are more advanced models that cost quite a bit more, as well, like the HP Reverb G2 for US$599 and the Valve Index VR kit priced at US$999.