PlayStation’s second-generation VR2 virtual reality device now has an official launch date and price. It’ll come in at $549.99 (€599.99/£529.99), and be available from February 22, 2023.
There’s also a special PlayStation VR2 Horizon: Call of the Mountain bundle which comes in a decorative box and contains a voucher code for the VR2-specific title, priced at $599.99 (€649.99/£569.99) and coming available on the same day.
Pre-orders for the PS VR2 will begin on November 15 through PlayStation Direct for customers in the USA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the BeNeLux region — although you can register for pre-orders from today.
PS VR2 sports a considerable number of improvements over the first generation device. The new OLED display features a per-eye resolution of 2000×2040, to create an effective 4000×2040 display, with a wider, 110-degree field of view and 90/120Hz modes.
It also employs a technique known as foveated rendering, which only shows the highest detail in the player’s line of sight to save system resources. That’s achieved by way of an infrared (IR) camera for each eye tracking the player’s vision.
The headset also uses a six-axis motion sensing system — with a three-axis gyroscope and a three-axis accelerometer setup — and four cameras to follow the position of the player and the controllers via “inside-out” tracking, eliminating the need for an external camera and the cabling associated with it.
There’s also a rumble system for feedback, Tempest 3D audio, and a lens adjust dial. Despite all this additional tech, PlayStation says that the headset is slightly lighter than the old device. The Sense controllers also feature haptic feedback, just like the PS5 DualSense controller.
In addition to the PS VR2 itself, PlayStation has also announced the PlayStation VR2 Sense Controller Charging Station. This separate device allows you to charge the controllers without tying up a console USB port, and comes in at $49.99 (€49.99/£39.99).
Alongside announcing hardware, there’s also 11 newly revealed games heading to PS VR2 at or around for launch day — with PlayStation expecting around 20 day one titles for the device.
After The Fall, Cities VR – Enhanced Edition, Cosmonious High, Crossfire: Sierra Squad, The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR, Hello Neighbor: Search and Rescue, Jurassic World Aftermath Collection, The Light Brigade, Pistol Whip VR, Tentacular, and Zenith: The Last City will join Horizon: Call of the Mountain as early titles for PS VR2.
As yet there’s no driving games in the list, but the device launch is pretty close to the first anniversary of Gran Turismo 7…
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