Eager to try out Sony’s next generation of virtual reality technology? Well, you won’t have too long to wait, as Sony has seemingly confirmed an early 2023 release for their PlayStation VR2 headset, with multiple regional PlayStation Twitter accounts revealing the launch window. Here a Tweet from PlayStation France.
— PlayStation France (@PlayStationFR) August 22, 2022
Here’s one from PlayStation UK, for those who want their announcement in English.
— PlayStation UK (@PlayStationUK) August 22, 2022
For those who haven’t been keeping up with PlayStation VR2, the headset will feature new OLED panels with 2000x2040 pixel resolution per eye, 90 and 120hz refresh rate, a 110-degree field-of-view, eye-tracking, and more. Here are some of the more unique features of the new headset…
With PS VR2, you can see your surroundings while wearing the headset with our new see-through feature. It comes in handy when you want to easily check where the PS VR2 Sense controllers are in your room without taking the headset off. Thanks to PS VR2’s embedded front cameras, users can press the function button on the headset, or use the Card in the Control Center, to switch between viewing your surroundings, or viewing the content on PS VR2. The Card in the Control Center also gives quick access to other PS VR2 settings, such as adjusting your play area. The see-through view is just for viewing only, so there’s no recording option.
Broadcast Yourself While Playing
A new broadcast feature for PS VR2 will allow you to film yourself while playing, by connecting a PS5 HD Camera to the console. It’s a great way to show your movements and reactions during a boss battle and share your reactions with your fellow gamers as it happens!
Customized Play Area
The play area for PS VR2 can be customized by using the PS VR2 Sense controllers and the embedded cameras. The cameras will allow you to scan the room, while the PS VR2 Sense controllers allow you to expand and further customize the play area to fit your play style and room environment. While playing, if you get close to the boundary you have set up, you will receive a warning that you are closely approaching the play area boundary. You can modify your settings at any time while PS VR2 is connected. Once you set up your play area, the settings will be saved unless you move into a different play area.
VR Mode and Cinematic Mode
In VR Mode, players can enjoy VR game content in a 360 view in a virtual environment. Content will be displayed in 4000 x 2040 HDR video format (2000 x 2040 per eye) with 90Hz/120Hz frame rate. In Cinematic Mode, players can view the PS5 system and UI and all non-VR game and media content on a virtual cinema screen. Content in Cinematic Mode will be displayed in 1920×1080 HDR video format with 24/60Hz and also 120Hz frame rate.
While we now know PlayStation VR2 launches in early 2023, we don’t yet know an exact release date or pre-order details. We’ll let you know when those emerge.