The PS5 was launched during the holiday season of 2020, but rumours regarding the possibility of a PSVR 2 are exciting. With the PS5, Sony also changed their approach in terms of hardware choices. So, ideally, the PSVR 2 would be a major improvement on the original headset. Here’s what we know so far about the alleged PSVR 2.
What is the PlayStation VR 2 (PSVR 2)?
The PSVR 2 is a virtual reality headset expected to be the next-generation successor to the PSVR, which was announced in 2016. If you haven’t learned, Sony’s next-generation console, the PS5, was launched in the Holidays of 2020. Of course, locating a clone of the console without a touch of luck is also virtually unlikely.
The features for this next-gen console are the greatest we’ve ever seen in a PlayStation console, so VR performance could be significantly enhanced as well. In comparison to current PSVR offers for the PS4, the PSVR 2 will have better resolution, pixel density, and refresh rates.
New Controllers For PSVR2
Despite the lack of official updates, a patent discovered by Let’s Go Digital in late September may offer a hint of what’s to come. The latest PSVR controller resembles Valve Index Controllers, as shown above. Valve’s choice allows high-resolution finger tracing, which will be awesome to see in PSVR 2 sports.
Joysticks have since been applied to the filings, which is a major change. Since current PSVR controls lack the ability to monitor virtual action, games on the platform are restricted. It does, though, seem to have less buttons, which could reflect poorly on backward compatibility.
What Would the Psvr 2 Be Able To Accomplish?
While it’s still too early to make any concrete claims, there are a few PSVR 2 rumours and patents circulating that hint at additional functionality. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve heard so far.
Motion Sickness Is Significantly Reduced
You could have suffered motion sickness if you’ve ever used a PSVR or another equivalent VR headset. Bridging the distance between your interactive reality and the real environment can be jarring at times.
In 2019, Sony submitted a Motion Sickness Reduction patent, which would potentially boost players’ VR interactions. The key aim of this patent seems to be to make the connection between what the player experiences in the game and how they experience in real life more smooth. Although parents are never a promise that a feature would be included, I am hopeful that this one will. Players will be able to have a more interactive and fun experience that would endure longer than typical VR encounters if motion sickness could be reduced.
Sensors for the Fingers
Finger sensors can play a role in the latest PSVR 2, according to another patent. This patent is distinct from the previous one in that it involves finger-tracking sensors that can assess which consumer is playing and the distance within controllers.
If you think about a Wii remote, it looks really similar but has a few minor differences. The device will have a wrist protection harness and will be a vertical controller which sits securely in your side, comparable to the Wii controller. On the top, there will be a trigger press, and on the back, there will be finger sensors. As a result, the fingers can automatically cover the sensors when you grab the controller.
The PSVR 2 seems to be wireless in the image below, with its own microphone and video/audio source and operating off of a built-in power supply. This would be groundbreaking if Sony could pull it off. No more obtrusive wires getting in the way of your gaming sounds like the perfect VR fantasy. There will be no need to plug in headsets or VGA cords since it would be contained inside the VR headset.
Enhancements for Esports Streaming
Another fascinating term is the eSports Streaming patent. The patent explains how players might watch eSports from afar and also be inserted as a virtual reality viewer at a live event. So, even though you can’t physically attend an eSports game, you can always participate virtually.
Since many people are unable to attend any of the eSports activities they want in person, this would be a fantastic choice. You won’t lose out on much of the excitement, because you’ll feel like you’re right there cheering for your favorite team.
Movement Tracking Improvement
Another patent indicates that the PSVR 2 may have some more cool functionality. This patent demonstrated advances in recording eye and head motion. Based on the details in this patent, it seems that the VR headset would be able to further monitor what – eye sees. The pictures can stay monitored even though you tilt or shift your head.
What Will the Price Be of the Playstation VR 2?
The price of the PSVR 2 has been speculated to be somewhere between $499.99 and $799.99. The initial PSVR cost $499.99 when it was released, but the price has since fallen dramatically. A PSVR starter bundle can now be purchased for about $200, although it took a few years for the price to drop to that level.
I can surely see the PSVR 2 shipping at a higher price point than the first PSVR. It would be far stronger in terms of hardware and technologies than its predecessor. This upgraded hardware, together with the excellent improvements to PlayStation’s next-gen console – specifically, their option of a super-fast SSD – would almost definitely guarantee that the PSVR 2 performs admirably. This might easily explain a higher price.
When Will the Playstation VR 2 Be Available?
The PSVR 2 is yet to be publicly released by Sony, so we won’t be seeing it on store shelves for a while. Sony made major changes in the hardware it selected for the PS5; I can only assume it puts the same amount of work into enhancing the PSVR experience with the PSVR 2.
We won’t be seeing a PlayStation VR 2 anytime soon, unfortunately. PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan disclosed in a new interview with The Washington Post that the revised PSVR hardware was at least a couple years away. Nonetheless, he said that Sony and PlayStation “believe in VR,” so fans should anticipate potential support.
Can the PSVR That Came With the Original PS5 Work With It?
Yeah, Sony has stated that the PS5 would support the original PSVR headset as well as Move controllers. This ensures you can purchase a PSVR bundle at a discount now, knowing that PSVR 2 will not be available for years, let alone a collection of games which support it.
What Games Would Be Compatible With the Playstation VR 2?
Though Sony stated that the “overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles would be playable on PS5”, no individual games were listed. The current thinking is that with the PSVR 2 and the PS5, you should be able to play every PSVR game.
Since the PSVR 2 is yet to be publicly released, no reported games for it have been announced. Resident Evil 8, a new Gran Turismo, and likely a new gem from Rockstar are among the games speculated to be in the works for PSVR 2. Of course, none of these have been proven as of yet, but they are the most possible candidates at the moment.
We’ll keep this post updated when we learn more about the PSVR 2. We can probably hear more about the PSVR 2 once Sony has solidified its PS5 supply.