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Sony reveals the PlayStation VR2 design

The design of the next-generation PlayStation VR2 headset is out, and Sony has confirmed the name.

If you have been eager to see what the next Sony PlayStation VR headset looks like and what Sony plans to call it, the company has granted you your desire by releasing details about the gadget. We first heard about the headgear officially in February 2021, and Sony revealed the controllers a month after.

Last month, Sony confirmed the headgear would be officially called PlayStation VR2.

The upcoming VR does not stray far from the more popular PlayStation 5, using the same black and white color combination. It also looks similar to the original PS VR. However, Sony has added enhancements, like a lens adjustment dial and a new vent. Also, VR2 weighs less, although slightly. Perhaps you will feel the difference after wearing it for extended periods.

Sony has placed its PlayStation logo on the front and back bands of the headset, just like you will find on the PlayStation 5 and the DualSense controller.

The PSVR has been on the market for five years and certainly deserves to be updated. Sony allows you to hook it up to the PS5, but it requires a special adapter, and the experience is not as seamless. Sony has also given out free VR games to spur the use of the headgear, although you need a PlayStation Plus membership.

The new PSVR offers haptic feedback, eye tracking, 4k HDR, and 90/120 Hz frame rates. You also get foveated rendering, 110 degrees field of view, and a connection to the PS5 using a single USB-C cable. It uses 4 cameras for headset and controller tracking​ and an IR camera for eye tracking per eye.

Extolling the new VR, Sony writes, “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 come alive, adding to this new level of immersion.”

The original PSVR was very affordable and didn’t require purchasing additional hardware that would cost more money. Owners could connect to the then PS4 and play VR games, an absolute novelty back in 2016. It cost between $400 and $500, and the price has decreased.

However, unlike other headset makers like Oculus and HTC updated their offerings (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive), offering a better optical quality, improved field of view, and got more immersive, the original PSVR remained stuck with an extremely tiny field of view. The controllers also remained basic as the competition added more complicated gestures to their own wands. Sony also did not improve the rudimentary single-camera tracking system that easily lost track of your hands when you changed your body position.

The new PSVR2 is competing in a field that has got more mature over time. For instance, the Oculus Quest 2 no longer has to be tethered to a computer to function. The Valve Index also offers finger-tracking, while the HP Reverb G2 gives an exceptionally high resolution. To attract and retain attention, Sony has to prove it can provide a compelling experience. This also requires that Sony steps up with its VR game offerings.

Speaking of games, Sony has announced a game being developed for the VR, Horizon Call of the Mountain from Guerrilla and Firesprite. It “will open the doors for players to go deeper into the world of Horizon.”

Written by HackerVibes

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