Official PSVR 2 PC support is in testing for later this year

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On the first anniversary of the PlayStation VR 2 launch, Sony has announced that they are testing PC support for their second generation VR headset.

Writing on the PS Blog, Sony states, “We’re pleased to share that we are currently testing the ability for PS VR2 players to access additional games on PC to offer even more game variety in addition to the PS VR2 titles available through PS5. We hope to make this support available in 2024, so stay tuned for more updates.”

The announcement comes alongside a reveal of a slate of new and upcoming games for PSVR 2, including Zombie Army VR, Little Cities: Bigger, Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate and more.

While more games for PSVR 2 will help its appeal and position for PlayStation 5 owners, it seems that Sony are feeling the need to broaden the appeal of the headset to a wider audience of VR enthusiast and VR curious gamers. There’s a notable absence of first party and Sony-published VR games for PSVR 2 since the launch window – Horizon: Call of the Mountain came alongside the Gran Turismo 7 VR patch, and later in the year we had Firewall Ultra (whose developer is now shutting down), but there’s been nothing since then.

So it’s been up to third parties to drive PlayStation VR 2’s library of games forward, but Sony might not be seeing this as being good enough to drive hardware sales. Heck, outside of saying that PSVR 2 outsold the original PSVR in the first six weeks, we have had no indication of how well the headset has sold.

With PC support, PSVR 2 could be a much more appealing proposition to gamers looking to access as large a library of VR games as possible. In particular, there’s Steam VR specific games like Half-Life Alyx that are seen as the gold standard of VR gaming, but aren’t coming to other platforms.

The tricky thing is that PSVR 2 is an expensive bit of kit. With its launch price of $550 / €600 / £530, and still needing to be plugged into a console, it’s more expensive than the Meta Quest 3’s entry-level $500 price point. That headset comes with similar internal resolution for high-resolution VR gaming, and can be used both as a standalone headset or be connected to a PC.

This is pretty big news from Sony for the future of their VR business… but will it make a difference?

Source: PS Blog

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  1. Cool for some people, but it doesn’t help me at all getting an inch closer to playing HL:Alyx, as I got no expensive gaming PC and probably never will. :-(

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