PSVR 2: What to expect from Sony’s next-generation VR headset

When the first PlayStation VR headset was released back in 2016, it quickly became the most successful virtual reality headset of all time, with over three million units sold in just two years. When Sony announced its new VR headset, PlayStation VR 2, at the E3 2019 gaming conference, gamers rejoiced at the prospect of more immersive gaming experiences that were both innovative and affordable. Here’s everything you need to know about PSVR 2!

Everything We Know About PlayStation VR 2

The first PlayStation VR shipped in 2016, and it didn’t immediately set sales records. But over time it found its way into a large number of living rooms. Today, people are still playing games on PSVR, but with Sony’s next console set to be unveiled on February 20, here’s everything we know about PSVR 2 so far. Will it support 120Hz refresh rates? When is Sony planning to release PSVR 2? Is there any reason for us not to buy PSVR right now? And what can you play if you don’t want VR? (For our money, Tetris Effect is probably one of the best titles available.) Here’s what we currently know—or at least speculate—about Sony’s new hardware. If you already own a PlayStation 4 and haven’t had your fill of immersive gaming experiences, consider waiting until more information comes out before making a purchase. You could always plug your PS4 Pro into an existing setup to enjoy high-resolution visuals as well as HDR playback—if that doesn’t bother you.

PSVR 2 specsTake a look at the specs about PSVR2
Display MethodOLED
Panel resolution2000 x 2040 per eye
Panel refresh rate90Hz, 120Hz
Lens separationAdjustable
Field of ViewApprox. 110 degrees
SensorsMotion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer))
Cameras4 cameras for headset and controller tracking, IR camera for eye tracking per eye
FeedbackVibration on headset
Communication with PS5USB Type-C
AudioInput: Built-in microphone, Output: Stereo headphone jack

PSVR2 – Is It Worth It?

The price of PSVR 2 is only going to make an already expensive gaming ecosystem even more costly. To help you decide if it’s worth your investment, we’ve put together a comparison of all things PSVR 2. It goes without saying that we are talking about a speculative piece!

PSVR vs. PSVR 2 Specs
PSVR 2PSVR
Resolution2,000 × 2,040 (4.1MP) per-eye, OLED, HDR960 × 1,080 (1.0MP) per-eye, RGB OLED
Refresh Rate90Hz, 120Hz90Hz, 120Hz
LensesunknownSingle element non-Fresnel
Field-of-view (claimed)110° (diagonal presumed)100° (diagonal presumed)
Optical AdjustmentsIPDEye-relief
ConnectorsUSB-C (no breakout box)USB, HDMI (breakout box)
Cable Lengthunknown4.4m
TrackingInside-out (no external beacons)Outside-in (external camera)
On-board cameras4x IR (external), 2x IR (internal)None
InputPSVR 2 Sense controllers (rechargable), eye-trackingDualShock 4 (rechargeable), PS Move (rechargeable), PS Aim (rechargeable), voice
Audio3.5mm aux output3.5mm aux output
MicrophoneYesYes
HapticsControllers, headsetControllers
Weightunknown600g
Release DateExpected Q3/Q4 20222016
Console CompatibilityPS5 (backwards compatibility not expected)PS4, PS4 Pro, PS5

How Does It Compare To Oculus Quest?

Even though we’re still months away from its release, it’s never too early to start comparing PSVR 2 with Oculus Quest. Based on our analysis, it looks like there are some subtle differences between them. But which is better? Let’s break it down! Here’s how PlayStation and Oculus compare.​
The original PSVR has been out for several years now, but that doesn’t mean it’s in any way obsolete; far from it! This generation of gaming hardware was released back in 2016 so even if you don’t yet own a device you’re probably aware of their specs and know whether or not they will be a good match for your gaming needs.

Left (PSVR2), Right (Meta Quest 2)
SpecsPSVR2Quest 2
Display MethodOLED
Panel resolution2000 x 2040 per eye1832 x 1920 per eye
Panel refresh rate90Hz, 120Hz90Hz, 120Hz
Lens separationAdjustableAdjustable
Field of ViewApprox. 110 degreesApprox. 90 degrees
SensorsMotion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer))Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer))
Cameras4 cameras for headset and controller tracking, IR camera for eye tracking per eye4 cameras for headset and controller tracking
FeedbackVibration on headset
Communication with PS5 USB Type-C / WirelessWireless (can be tethered to a PC)
AudioInput: Built-in microphone, Output: Stereo headphone jackIntegrated positional audio
Battery lifeConnection with PS52-3 hours
StorageUsing the PS5 Storage128 GB, 256 GB
ProcessorUsing PS5 HardwareQualcomm Snapdragon XR2 platform

How Will I Use It?

This PSVR 2 is going to be even more immersive and realistic than ever before. You will feel like you’re part of your favourite game or movie because it has 3D audio and HD visuals. Also, its screen will be designed so that you won’t get nauseous from looking around inside of your game or experience. Plus, there are no wires attached! The PS5 is wireless, so all you have to do is wear it over your head and enjoy yourself!

Final Design of PSVR2 Controllers

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Should I Wait For PlayStation VR 3?

By now, you’ve probably heard of PlayStation VR. You know how it works and most likely, whether or not you can play it in your living room. But what if a better version is right around the corner? Will it be worth it to wait until PSVR 3? That can’t be said for sure. We do know, that the technology is evolving pretty fast and we can’t do anything to slow it down. All we can do is just try to keep up with the new trends and be innovative with it!

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