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Sony announces the next-gen PlayStation VR2 and exclusive new Horizon game

By Tim Augustin - on 5 Jan 2022, 12:32pm

Sony announces the next-gen PlayStation VR2 and exclusive new Horizon game

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Sony Interactive Entertainment popped up at CES 2022 today, with quite a few surprises up its sleeves. The company finally announced the name of its next-gen VR headset for the PlayStation 5: the PlayStation VR2. The system comes with brand-new controllers, called the PlayStation VR2 Sense Controllers. 

Details of the PlayStation VR2 line up nicely with previous leaks and rumours, which claimed the system would feature eye tracking and advanced haptic feedback in its headset. In terms of visual fidelity, the system features 4K HDR, a 110-degree field of view and foveated rendering with an OLED display. It also offers a display resolution of 2000x2040 per eye, with framerates of 90/120Hz. 

Interestingly, the headset will sport ‘inside-out tracking’, which means the PS VR2 will track player movements through their controller and integrated cameras in the headset - no external camera necessary. Much like the DualSense controller and the new VR2 Sense Controllers offer a deeper sense of immersion with their haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, the PS VR2’s headset also sports something called ‘headset feedback’. 

Headset feedback causes vibrations during gameplay using a single built-in motor. Functionally, it behaves just like the DualSense’s haptic feedback - allowing you to feel the rush of objects passing close to your character’s head or the increased thrust of a vehicle speeding forward. To further help immersion, the PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech will also enhance gameplay audio. 

The PS VR2 also has eye tracking, which means that the system tracks the motion of your eyes during gameplay. Theoretically, you could actually interact with future PS VR2 games just by looking in a specific direction, and have it react accordingly. The system also has a simplified single-cord setup, which should make pulling the system out on weekends much easier than before. All you have to do is plug a cable into the PS5, and you’re good to go.

Sony also revealed an exclusive VR title from Guerrilla Games’ Horizon series coming to the PS VR 2. The game is developed by Guerrilla Games alongside Firesprite Games, titled Horizon: Call of the Mountain. You can check out an early look at the game below:

Sony neglected to reveal other key details for this system - such as its release date and price, or whether it would be backwards-compatible with games from the PS VR. However, we do have a full list of specs for the PS VR 2 and the new PS VR2 Sense Controllers, which is nice:

 

PS VR 2 specs:

 

Display Method

OLED

Panel Resolution

2000 x 2040 per eye

Panel Refresh Rate

90Hz, 120Hz

Lens Separation

Adjustable

Field of View

Approx. 110 degrees

Sensors

Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer) 

Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor

Cameras

4 cameras for headset and controller tracking IR camera for eye tracking per eye

Feedback

Vibration on headset

Communication with PS5

USB Type-C

Audio

Input: Built-in microphone Output: Stereo headphone jack

 

PlayStation VR2 Sense Controller specs:

 

Buttons

[Right] PS button, Options button, Action buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 button, R2 button, Right Stick / R3 button

[Left] PS button, Action buttons (Triangle / Square), L1 button, L2 button, Left Stick / L3 button

Sensing / Tracking

Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)

Captive Sensor: Finger Touch Detection

IR LED: Position Tracking

Feedback

Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Haptic Feedback (by single actuator per unit)

Port

USB Type-C Port

Communication

Bluetooth Ver5.1

Battery

Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery

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