Oculus Quest 2 vs. PSVR 2 is certainly an important battle in the world of VR headsets, especially given that the Quest 2 is already an immensely popular headset and the PSVR 2 announcement at CES has taken the gaming world by storm already.
Whilst we aren't sure of the PSVR 2 release date at the moment given Sony has remained tight-lipped, we do know a portion of its specs, and it looks like PSVR 2 is a worthy contender against the Quest 2, as well as being a major upgrade on the original PSVR.
Let's take a look at what we know so far, and how it compares to the Oculus Quest 2.
Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR 2
There's certainly a look to think about when it comes to comparing the two headsets, including their respective spec sheets and features.
Handily, we've broken the most vital points down into their respective sections to make life easier, so you can see where each headset wins, and on which particular points.
Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR 2 Specs
The first official announcement from Sony provided details on PSVR 2's specs, and it looks to be quite the technological marvel:
|Oculus Quest 2||PSVR 2|
|Tracking Type||Inside-out tracking||4 Cameras inside-out|
Compared to the Quest 2, there are some elements in which PSVR 2 could be considered more powerful, such as its displays and some additional features such as haptics, which we're going to get into in more detail below.
Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR 2 Resolution
A key difference between the pair of headsets arises with their resolutions, and therefore in turn their panel types.
The Quest 2 can muster up a 1832×1920 resolution on its LCD displays, whilst Sony says the PSVR 2 will utilise OLED panels with a per-eye resolution of 2000x2040.
The key difference here is between LCD and OLED and in short, the PSVR 2's displays are more powerful and can offer practically infinite levels of contrast with more accurate colours, including the deeper blacks that OLED panels have become noted for.
Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR 2 Haptics
This is another area where the PSVR 2 certainly wins over the Quest 2. Oculus' headset does not look to feature any form of haptics, whilst the PSVR 2 features it on the headset itself, and in turn its controllers.
Haptic feedback, in short, is a system of vibrations that can help to create a feeling of touch and also help to heighten that sense of immersion, and so can be considered a handy inclusion on PSVR 2.
Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR 2 Controllers
There's also a fair bit of difference between the two headsets by way of controllers, mainly on the front of haptics, and other clever features.
PSVR 2's controllers will feature adaptive triggers, like the DualSense does for PS5, and the headset's haptics is said to simulate experiences such as a car's acceleration which, for sim racers, will be a major improvement for immersion, for example.
They'll also feature finger-touch detection, which allows the controllers to detect the location of your fingers without you needing to press a button. This should allow for more natural hand gestures, and arguably is the PSVR 2's replacement for hand tracking.
The PSVR 2 controllers are also rechargeable, unlike the Quest 2's which usually require some batteries, but if you get the right accessory for them like a charging dock, you can make the Quest 2's rechargeable to bring them up to the PSVR 2's standard.
Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR 2 Set Up
On the front of setting up each device, there may not be too much to pick between them, but it could be argued that the Quest 2 may have the edge due to one simple factor: wireless connectivity.
It is possible to connect the Quest 2 to a PC via the Oculus Air Link feature, as long as you have a stable 5GHz wireless connection and your PC is wired-in to your network via an Ethernet cable.
Or, if you are looking for a simpler experience, the Oculus Link cable is available to purchase, which offers a single-cable connection between your headset and PC, which opens up a whole new world of VR, including the ability to play Steam VR games.
For the PSVR 2, Sony says it will connect to PS5 via a single USB-C cable which compares well to the Quest 2 and against the original PSVR, which utilised a separate box for plugging in cables to the console, headset and TV respectively before you could get started.
In this sense, there isn't all too much to pick between them, although you could argue the Quest 2 wins simply on the power of wireless connectivity.
Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR Price
The Oculus Quest 2 retails for £299/$299 or £399/$399 dependent upon whether you want 64GB or 256GB of storage.
Sony hasn't released the pricing of the PSVR 2 just yet, but it would make sense for Sony to position it within a similar price bracket to the Quest 2 in order to remain competitive - something around $350 sounds right.
Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR Design
The Quest 2 is quite a modern-looking VR headset and also doesn't weigh too much against other current offerings with a total mass of 503g.
Much like for pricing, there have been no details released on the design of PSVR by Sony, but it would make sense to expect a lighter and sleeker looking headset against, with a total mass of below that of the original PSVR's 600g and Quest 2's 503g.
Whilst we look to have seen an apparent patent for the PSVR 2's design, this should be taken with a pinch of salt given patents don't usually match that of the end product, as the design can of course be changed before mass production begins with prototypes.
When Will We See More?
It would make sense for Sony to release pricing and design information closer to the headset's release date, and given that PSVR 2 looks to be entering mass production soon, those details may not be too far off given pricing and design details could be finalised.
Of course, none of this is confirmed, and Sony will, with time, announce more details on PSVR 2's pricing and design - analyst Brad Lynch has touted a potential further reveal in a couple of months time, but that is of course unconfirmed.
As and when we do hear and see more though, we'll be sure to keep you updated.