PlayStation VR 2 is coming, but what will virtual reality on PS5 be like, and how will it improve on the first iteration? Here’s everything we know about PS VR2.
Despite originally saying they had “no plans” to update VR on the PS5, Sony announced PlayStation VR2 (or PS VR2) just a few short months later. Now, we’ve now got a full look at the hardware in all its glory. the specs behind it, and some of its shiny games too!
Now that we know PlayStation VR2 is not just a virtual reality, here’s everything we know about Sony’s plans to bring an updated VR experience to PS5 in one place.
- PS VR2 release date
- PS VR2 price
- What does PS VR2 look like?
- Technology and Specifications
- Games on PS VR2
PS VR2 is set to release on February 22, 2023, for the PS5.
The Sense controller charging station for the PS VR2 Sense controller will also launch the same day.
Pre-orders opened on November 15, 2022.
The PS VR2 costs $549.99 / €599.99 / £529.99 / ¥74,980, including tax.
This price includes the PS VR2 headset, Left & Right PS VR2 Sense controllers, a USB cable for controller charging, stereo headphones, three pairs of earpieces, and printed materials.
On February 22, 2022, the PlayStation Blog finally let potential consumers see the new piece of technology.
The redesigned headset shares a lot of similarities to the original model, but now the front has a “circular orb shape representing the 360-degree view that players feel when they enter the virtual reality world.” According to Sony, the new headset has also been “inspired by the look of the PS5 family of products,” so gamers are to expect some familiar comfort in certain aspects.
As well as the headset, the actual controllers themselves have probably had the biggest overhaul. The old-school PS3-era Move controller aesthetic has been ditched in favor of a sleek new look. It would be fair to say that they look a lot more like the Oculus controllers, but given how well-liked the Oculus setup is, this isn’t a bad choice.
Here are some other features mentioned by Sony about the PS VR2 headset:
- Added roundness to the PS VR2 headset
- An adjustable headset scope
- A lens adjustment dial
- Its “slimmer” with a slight “weight reduction”
- The headset has a clever new vent for airflow
- On the front and back bands of the PS VR2 headset, there are tons of PS button symbols like on the PS5 DualSense controller
VR gaming on PC has come on leaps and bounds since PlayStation VR was released on the PS4 in 2016, meaning that PS VR2 has had to make several big changes to keep up and stay competitive.
Sony has already announced that the PS VR processor will not be returning for PlayStation VR2. Instead, the headset will connect to the PS5 console using USB-C.
The company has also confirmed that the new headset will feature a fully 4K HDR display, thanks to OLED technology improving each eye lens, with a complete 110-degree field of view to boot.
In an update, Sony confirmed that the headset will offer a transparent view mode that will allow users to see the space around them while wearing the headset, as well as a safety-focused grid feature to keep people from banging into walls and furniture. It’s similar to systems seen on headsets like the Meta Quest, but it’s a big improvement over PS VR1.
The new controllers will borrow features from the DualSense controller, such as adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and better tracking. This will not only improve the experience of PlayStation VR2 but help it feel like a worthwhile companion to the PS5.
The new PlayStation VR2 controller will also be called the PlayStation VR Sense, keeping it in line with the DualSense controller on PS5.
One of the most exciting things about PS VR2 is the improvements over PS VR 1 that will allow more PlayStation users to experience the back catalog of games. However, Sony has since looked to quash this idea, suggesting the new-gen VR unit won’t support games from the previous hardware.
“PlayStation VR games are not compatible with PlayStation VR2 because PlayStation VR2 is designed to be a truly next-generation virtual reality experience,” Senior Vice President of Platform Experience Hideaki Nishino said.
So while that’s the case for launch, there’s always a chance individual developers may port their efforts to the new hardware. Thus, we could still see plenty of original PS VR 1 titles make the jump to PS VR2 down the line and that trend is already starting, as a number of iconic titles are already locked in for the new hardware.
While not every game has a solid release date just yet, Sony confirmed at its 2023 CES conference that “more than 30 games” are locked in for PS VR2’s launch window. Below is a full look at every game we know of today:
- After The Fall
- Altair Breaker
- Among Us VR
- Beat Saber
- Before Your Eyes
- Cities VR – Enhanced Edition
- Cosmonious High
- Creed: Rise to Glory
- Crossfire: Sierra Squad
- Dyschronia: Chronos Alternate
- Fantavision 202X
- Firewall Ultra
- Ghostbusters VR
- Gran Turismo 7
- Hello Neighbor: Search & Rescue
- Horizon Call of the Mountain
- Job Simulator
- Jurassic World: Aftermath Collection
- Kayak VR: Mirage
- Kizuna AI: Touch the Beat!
- Moss: Book II
- NFL Pro Era
- No Man’s Sky
- Pavlov VR
- Pistol Whip
- Puzzling Places
- Requisition VR
- Resident Evil Village
- Resident Evil 4 Remake
- Rez Infinite
- Samurai Slaughter House
- Song in the Smoke
- Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge
- Stranger Things: The VR Experience
- Synth Riders
- Tetris Effect
- The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR
- The Last Clockwinder
- The Light Brigade
- The Tale of Ongoro
- The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Chapter 2: Retribution
- Vacation Simulator
- What the Bat
- Zenith: The Last City
We also know for certain that original games are a big focus for various PlayStation Studios. “20+ major first-party and third-party titles” have been confirmed to be in development and while it’s unclear what will round out the list, it’s only a matter of time until we find out.
For more on upcoming releases, be sure to check out our release hubs for the following titles.
The Elder Scrolls 6 | GTA 6 | Wolverine | Spider-Man 2 | Forspoken | Wonder Woman | DokeV | FFXVI | Avatar Frontiers of Pandora | Dragon Age 4 | Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild sequel | Haunted Chocolatier | Hogwarts Legacy | The Expanse: A Telltale Series