Sony have launched an official website for PlayStation VR2 and amongst all the blurb about how fantastic PSVR 2 is going to be, there is a sign up which allows you to “Get the latest PS VR2 news, including game announcements, release dates and when you can pre-order your headset.”
You will need to log in with your PlayStation account to sign up which may mean you might be able to dodge some of the scalpers if you wish to order. Sony recently launched PlayStation Direct in the UK and presumably they will be stocking PSVR 2 units. If Sony are doing things properly then those who have registered interest in the fancy new hat should be the first to get a direct link to order via PlayStation Direct. No doubt other retailers such as GAME will have units, but you will have to fight the scalper bots to get them.
By the way, the official PSVR 2 pre-order site has pictures of the new controllers, the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller but not the actual hat. The design of the headset remains a mystery at present.
Last month the rumoured VR entry in to the Horizon franchise, Horizon Call of the Mountain was officially announced with a trailer. Sadly it only gives a a very short glimpse at the game but it does look stunning. Horizon Call of the Mountain is being developed by Guerrilla and Firesprite, a company that Sony recently purchased. Other games already announced for the VR set include Samurai Slaughter and Low-Fi.
“We don’t want to reveal too much just yet, but this story will be told through the eyes of an entirely new character. You will also meet Aloy, other familiar faces, and new characters along the way, and we’ll be introducing you to the protagonist of Horizon Call of the Mountain soon,” said Jan-Bart van Beek, Studio Director and Studio Art & Animation Director at Guerrilla.
Here are the PSVR 2 tech specs taken from the PSVR 2 pre-order site:
- Visual Fidelity: For a high-fidelity visual experience, PS VR2 offers 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view, and foveated rendering. With an OLED display, players can expect a display resolution of 2000×2040 per eye and smooth frame rates of 90/120Hz.
- Headset-based Controller Tracking: With inside-out tracking, PS VR2 tracks you and your controller through integrated cameras embedded in the VR headset. Your movements and the direction you look at are reflected in-game without the need for an external camera.
- New Sensory Features: PS VR2 Sense Technology combines eye tracking, headset feedback, 3D Audio, and the innovative PS VR2 Sense controller to create an incredibly deep feeling of immersion. Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player. It’s created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience. 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.
- Eye Tracking: With eye tracking, PS VR2 detects the motion of your eyes, so a simple look in a specific direction can create an additional input for the game character. This allows players to interact more intuitively in new and lifelike ways, allowing for a heightened emotional response and enhanced expression that provide a new level of realism in gaming.
PlayStation VR2 Specifications
|Panel resolution||2000 x 2040 per eye|
|Panel refresh rate||90Hz, 120Hz|
|Field of View||Approx. 110 degrees|
|Sensors||Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor
|Cameras||4 cameras for headset and controller trackingIR camera for eye tracking per eye|
|Feedback||Vibration on headset|
|Communication with PS5||USB Type-C®|
|Audio||Input: Built-in microphone Output: Stereo headphone jack|
PlayStation VR2 Sense Controllers Specifications
PS button, Options button, Action buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 button, R2 button, Right Stick / R3 button
PS button, Create button, Action buttons (Triangle / Square), L1 button, L2 button, Left Stick / L3 button
|Sensing/ Tracking||Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer)
Capacitive Sensor: Finger Touch DetectionIR LED: Position Tracking
|Feedback ||Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Haptic Feedback (by single actuator per unit)|
|Port||USB Type-C® Port|
|Battery||Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery|
An insider has reported that PSVR 2 production was about to start ramping up in China, indicating the units should be on sale this year. No official release date or price has been announced but we are expecting more announcements before the end of March.