Sony has officially announced its next PlayStation State of Play broadcast, which will give us our first look at a series of games coming to PSVR 2.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) May 27, 2022
When can you watch it? You will be able to tune in and watch the latest State of Play via Twitch and YouTube – fill those coffee cups, UK gamers, the stream won’t start until 11 PM UK time. In other regions that’s 3PM PT / 6PM EST / 12AM CEST.
PlayStation pundits have been chasing their tails around the rumour mill in the lead up to this new announcement. The most popular rumour has been a State of Play broadcast dedicated to the upcoming PS4 and PS5 exclusive, God of War Ragnarok. Although the game seems to be on track for a 2022 release (as suggested by a recent sighting via the Korean rating board) Sony’s show will reportedly focus on PSVR 2 and a handful of other games. Here’s what the company has said:
It’s been more than two months since our last State of Play – who’s ready for a new one? Tune in live next Thursday, June 2 for nearly 30 minutes of announcements and updates from the world of PlayStation. We’ll have some exciting reveals from our third-party partners, plus a sneak peek at several games in development for PlayStation VR2.
We’ve known about PSVR 2 for a while now, Sony having recently shared some specs earlier this year. However, we’ve yet to get an insight as to when the new virtual reality tech will be released, how it will integrate with PS5, and whether that hefty catalogue of PSVR titles will be accessible via backwards compatibility (we sure hope so). Early this week, it was reported that the PSVR 2 will have over 20 launch titles.
In terms of specs, here’s what we know so far:
- 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.
One of the games we already known of is Horizon Call of the Mountain – check out the trailer below:
Source: Official PlayStation Blog