Sony has officially confirmed the next generation PSVR headset. The new headset will connect via a single cable to the PS5, and the new controller for the PSVR headset will incorporate features found on the DualSense Controller. In an official blog post, Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management, said, “Today I’m pleased to share that our next-generation VR system will be coming to PlayStation 5, enabling the ultimate entertainment experience with dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity. Players will feel an even greater sense of presence and become even more immersed in their game worlds once they put on the new headset”.
PSVR 2 specifications and features
The blog post highlights an early look at some features we can expect from the second generation PSVR headset. To begin with, you will no longer have to deal with a bundle of cables and a break-out box to connect the headset to the console. The second-generation PSVR headset will connect to the PS5 (review) via a single cable. The headset’s resolution will also see a bump, and users can expect to have a higher field of view as well. Needless to say, VR games on the PS5 will sport higher fidelity.
Unlike the first generation PSVR headset, which relied on the Move Controllers launched during the PS3 era, the PSVR 2 will have a new controller with features found on the DualSense. The DualSense controller brings incredible haptic feedback along with Adaptive Triggers for an immersive gaming experience. It will be interesting to see how developers add to the immersion with high fidelity visuals and controls that give you feedback.
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The first generation PSVR headset was a good entry point for those that wanted to experience VR gaming but couldn’t afford a state-of-the-art gaming PC and headset. While the PSVR headset offered some immersive experiences in the form of Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, Tetris Effect, Blood & Truth, Moss, Beat Saber, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard and many more, the limitations in comparison to PC VR were felt when Half-Life Alyx (review) launched. Can we expect to see Half-Life Alyx on PSVR 2?
PSVR 2 launch date and price
Sony has confirmed that the PSVR 2 will not launch in 2021. The blog post reads, “There’s still a lot of development underway for our new VR system, so it won’t be launching in 2021”. In an interview with GQ, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan said, “Dev kits (for the new PSVR headset) are about to go out”. So we can expect the headset to launch in 2022. There is no information on the price, but we can expect the headset to have competitive pricing.