As expected, Sony took advantage of the CES 2022 exhibition to formalize its PS5 VR headset. It will be the PlayStation VR 2, and in the absence of images of the beast, we have the technical information. 4K OLED screens, Eye tracking … we take a tour of the owner.
Until now, Sony has only referred to virtual reality as “Next Generation VR”, but forget about that. Without too much surprise, the Japanese firm remains on a strategy of an easily identifiable name, and therefore it is acted, the next PS5 exclusive headset will be called PlayStation VR2 and the PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers.
A helmet with integrated vibrations
Of course, we have no image of the headset unlike the controllers, but we can finally make a real point on on-board technologies, in particular 4K and HDR compatibility.
The PSVR 2 strengthens its display with a 2000 x 2040 OLED display per eye, a 90 / 120Hz refresh rate (like the PlayStation 1), and a slightly greater field of view from 100 to 110 degrees. The lenses for adjusting the pupillary distance are adjustable, but the method is not specified.
If it will connect with a single USB-C cable, you no longer need to think about how to place your PS Camera. Indeed, there is 4 cameras on the PSVR 2 for tracking your movements and those of the controllers, in addition to an infrared camera for eye tracking.
L’Eye-tracking has two objectives: foveal rendering and direct consequences on the gameplay.
A simple glance in a given direction can result in an additional command for the character in the game.. This allows players to interact in a more intuitive, innovative and realistic way with the environment, for a heightened emotional response, improved expression and a new level of realism in games.
Besides the microphone return as well as PS5 Tempest 3D Audiotech support, a rumor is confirmed: the PlayStation VR 2 also has a vibration motor in order to “Feel the pulse of a character, a sensation of brushing when objects pass very close to the head or the thrust of a speeding vehicle”.
A DualSense with motion detection
Aging PS Move retire to showcase youth with PlayStation VR2 Sense. A little name that obviously recalls that of the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.
As we already knew, the Adaptive triggers and haptic feedback will be included, like the Sixaxis movement detection system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer). A change? Yes, the implementation ofa capacitive sensor to detect and locate the position of the fingers. Can’t wait for the free experience “Fuck the Oscars” by Josef Fares.
Finally, if you already want to see the placement of the keys:
- To the right: PS button, Options button, action buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 button, R2 button, right stick / R3 button
- To the left: PS button, create button, action buttons (Triangle / Square), L1 button, L2 button, left stick / L3 button
A release in 2022 with a Horizon game?
Before the announcement, the track of a release of PSVR 2 in 2022 has strengthened. And Sony Interactive Entertainment could strike hard.
Complementing all these details, a new Horizon Call of the Moutain game, exclusively designed for the PlayStation VR 2, has been unveiled. A first extract which will perhaps stick chills to those who still have memories of the meeting with the brachiosaurus of Robinson: The Journey (yes, one of the only good things of the title).