Sony's PSVR 2 is confirmed to be heading our way, but the big question is, when is the release date?
We're here to keep you updated with everything we know, from the latest leaks, rumours, and anything else which can give you some insight as to when Sony's next-generation of VR headset will hit the shelves.
Here's the latest.
PSVR 2 Release Date Speculation
While we know that the PSVR 2 is heading our way, a release date has still yet to be announced, but we do now have a release window thanks to Sony themselves.
Recently, Sony announced on their Instagram that the PSVR 2 will be heading our way for early 2023.
This also matches up with what reputable leaker PSVR Without Parole seemed to believe.
It's an interesting move by Sony, especially considering the obvious festive boom, so just how early are we talking in 2023 here?
At this point, it's hard to say, but we'd imagine it'll still be close to December as typically you tend to see purchasing fall off after the busy sales period.
Sony's official website for the PSVR 2 headset is live, and you can sign up for key info, including alerts for when pre-orders will go live. This may offer some more insight into when to expect the headset.
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But should you wait for PSVR 2? Well, it'll likely be up against the stiff competition, with the Meta Quest 3, Project Cambria and also Apple's own AR headset heading our way likely towards the end of the year or into 2023.
Alongside these bigger players, there are also a couple of more indie-type headsets that could make their way to us including an interesting Sword Art Online-inspired VR headset, and an Arpara headset with a 5K Micro OLED display. and the rather powerful Magic Leap 2.
This comes alongside the potential release of Google's Project Iris which is reportedly in development, and reports that Microsoft has cancelled plans for HoloLens 3, although, by this time, the PSVR 2 may have cemented its market position.
PSVR 2 Latest News
As we near the release of the PSVR 2, we're starting to see more news about the games for the device itself.
Sony recently released a new trailer for the PSVR 2, titled 'Feel a New Real', which showcased some important features, a few small gameplay clips and of course the official headset design. Check out the trailer here.
It was also announced on the PlayStation blog that Firewall Ultra will be heading to PSVR 2. You can take a look at that trailer below.
The game promises to utilise a whole host of PSVR 2 features, such as eye-tracking to bring up various HUDS and swap weapons.
They've also overhauled the maps and character models, thanks to PSVR 2's 4K HDR.
Firewall Ultra joins the ranks of other upcoming titles that we're dying to get our hands on.
There's also a 'high possibility of esteemed game developers Stress Level Zero will be making titles for PSVR 2, according to a response from Brandon J Laatsch.
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PSVR 2 Headset Design
As discussed above, Sony has recently shown off the design of the PSVR 2 which reveals a sleeker and more modern-looking headset than its predecessor:
Sony has also noted this new headset features a slightly reduced weight in contrast to the last generation, alongside confirming the feature of adjustable lenses and an intriguing new vent design, and a mechanism to stop the lenses from steaming up.
Recent reports have also suggested that the PSVR 2 cable can be detached and replaced. If this is correct players will be able to replace faulty wires without the need for a new headset.
We don't have an exact figure on the weight of the device just yet, but as and when we get it, we'll be sure to let you know.
PSVR 2 Headset Specs
New details were announced on the PlayStation blog as to the specs of the PSVR 2 and they do not disappoint.
The specs for the headset can be seen below and there are some standout features.
It looks like we're getting OLED displays with framerates of up to 120hz and a 110-degree field of view.
We're also getting a massive 2000 x 2040 resolution per eye - a marked improvement on the original PSVR headset that comes in the form of two separate displays, as opposed to one larger 4000x4080 panel.
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A leak from analyst Ross Young has also noted that the pixel density for both eyes should practically double on the PSVR 2's displays up to 800PPI from the original headset's 386. This 800 PPI figure is also double that of the Quest 2, too.
That same leak also noted the headset should be utilising 'Direct RGB OLED' displays, interestingly, and analyst Brad Lynch expects these panels to be 3.5 inches in size.
Another thing we know is that these panels will feature Fresnel lenses which, in short, condense the geometry of a lens into a thinner overall package to allow for a lower weight. Having them allows you to adjust the individual displays to suit your eyes.
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There's also eye-tracking and new sensory features which combine 3D audio and haptic feedback via the new controllers for increased immersion. That means you can 'feel' the rush of objects passing past you in-game, or the pull of the vehicle as you accelerate.
On the point of eye-tracking, Tobii, one of the market leaders in eye-tracking tech, announced in February they're in negotiations to provide it for PSVR 2, which suggests the headset's development may not be as far ahead as first thought, intriguingly.
In addition, expect to find convenient connectivity with a single USB-C cable that will connect up the PSVR 2 to your PS5.
It's worth noting that against the crop of current headsets, the PSVR 2 looks to perform well by way of its spec sheet, be it when pitted up against the original PSVR, or up against the Oculus Quest 2.
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PSVR 2 Controller Specs
The new controllers will feature haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, which should provide a much more tactile, immersive experience than before, alongside Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity and the ability to charge via USB-C.
For more of a detailed breakdown of what we know so far, then feel free to check out our separate PSVR 2 controllers article.
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What We're Still Waiting To Find Out
Even with the big announcement, there are still some bigger questions we need to answer, however, there are some rumours and trends which could give us an idea of what to expect.
PSVR 2 Price
We don't know how much the PSVR 2 is going to cost as no official information or leaks have currently been released.
What we can do however is make an approximate estimate based on the previous, original PSVR. The first generation clocked in at £349/$399, and it would make sense for PSVR 2 to follow a similar structure.
There is also the lingering assumption that it could be more expensive than the original PSVR simply based on the point that there's a lot more tech packed inside this new iteration including eye-tracking and haptic feedback, which isn't going to come cheap.
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When the PSVR 2 does release, it would make sense for it to be released as both a standalone HMD as well as in various bundle forms that may include a game or two thrown in.
It would also make sense to expect PSVR 2 to be in pretty high demand when it releases, so you may be better off picking up a bundle as they're less likely to sell out than just the standalone headset.
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PSVR 2 Games
Alongside the PSVR 2 announcement from Sony came details of one game, Horizon Call Of The Mountain, with a release to be confirmed.
There are also some developers who have pledged their plans to release other games for PSVR 2 such as the case of Low-Fi, the Cyberpunk-style MMO which is available right now on PC, but will be coming to PS5 and PSVR 2, according to a Tweet from Blair Renaud, the game's developer.
It was also recently reported that First Contact Entertainment are currently working on an unannounced PSVR 2 game.
Apart from this, we don't know too much about the games selection for the PSVR 2, but there have been some rumours pertaining to what games we could be ported over, including Half-Life: Alyx, Hitman III and the upcoming Gran Turismo 7, which would be fantastic.
It has also been recently reported that Ghostbusters VR will be coming to PSVR 2.
Will PSVR 2 Be Wireless?
We now know the headset will be connectable via a single wire, but it's not been explicitly said that it won't be wireless. Looking at the specs we can't see any rechargeable batteries in the headset, so we may be out of luck this time.
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It could make sense for Sony to innovate a similar system to connect the PSVR 2 to a PS5 later down the line... but we'll have to see.
Is PSVR 2 Backwards Compatible?
Sony recently announced that the PSVR 2 will not be backwards compatible, and will not be able to play games from the current PSVR.
Having the ability to play older PSVR games would've made the headset more versatile, and it may be possible for some games to be upscaled for the PS5 so they also look better in VR on what should be a much more powerful headset.
There may also be the point that certain new games for the PS5 like Gran Turismo 7 will be able to take advantage of VR and add more immersion to traditionally non-VR games. It would've made sense for this to occur given the likes of GT: Sport on PS4 worked with the original PSVR.
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On the point of backwards compatibility, Sony look set to be adding a slew of PS3 titles to the PS5's library as titles that users can purchase, as opposed to just gaining access to them via PlayStation Now, as is currently the case. This could even open the door for VR ports of older PlayStation titles.
For all the latest on PSVR 2, be sure to check back in with us soon.