Sony has confirmed its next-gen VR set will come with a VR2 Sense controller and plug into the PS5 with just one cable.
On Tuesday, Sony announced the launch of its next-generation virtual reality system for the PS5 console: the PlayStation VR2, complete with a new VR controller, the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller.
“With the headset on and controllers in hand, players will feel a heightened range of sensations unlike any other – thanks to the creativity of the game worlds being built by our world-class developers, and the latest technology incorporated into the hardware,” read the blog post announcing the product.
The PS VR2 will work with Sony’s PlayStation 5 console, adding a true next-gen experience with high-fidelity visuals, new sensory features, and enhanced tracking. The headset will also offer haptic feedback and adaptive triggers from the PS VR2 Sense controllers, combined together through a simple single-cord setup.
Furthermore, it offers a high-fidelity visual experience thanks to its 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view, and foveated rendering, with an OLED display that provides a crisp 2000×2040 resolution per eye and smooth frame rates of 90/120Hz.
The new PS VR2 will track the user and their controller through integrated cameras embedded in the VR headset. In this way, the user’s movements and the direction they look at are reflected in-game without the need for an external camera.
PS VR2 Sense Technology also combines eye tracking with headset feedback and 3D Audio, which together with the new VR2 Sense controller creates an incredibly deep feeling of immersion.
Headset feedback, which is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player, is created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience.
What this means is that gamers, for example, can feel a character’s elevated pulse during tense moments, the rush of objects passing close to the character’s head, or the thrust of a vehicle as the character speeds forward. Add to this that the PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech makes sounds in the player’s surroundings come alive, and you get to a whole new level of immersion.
With eye-tracking, PS VR2 is capable of detecting eye motion. With this, players can interact more intuitively in new and lifelike ways involving heightened emotional response and enhanced expression. These characteristics facilitate a new level of realism in gaming.
Users simply need to plug the PS VR2 into their PS5 with a single USB-C cable to set up the device.
The company also revealed that the new experience will also offer Guerilla and Firesprite’s Horizon Call of the Mountain as the franchise will be coming to PS VR2.
Sony has not revealed details about the price or the expected delivery date for the headset and controller so far, and no images are available yet. Interested gamers will need to await further news from Sony before they can get to “feel and interact with games in a much more visceral way” with their long-awaited immersive device.