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Next-Gen PlayStation VR2 Headset Specifications Revealed

Sony reveals the official name, tech specs and the first game for its next-gen PSVR.

Sony started the new year with a bang, revealing more details about their next-gen PlayStation VR offerings. The company pulled the curtain back with a look at the hardware specifications, official name, and the first game for the new platform. The PlayStation VR2 headset and PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers look to offer significantly improved visual and sensorial experiences for gamers looking to step into the VR realm. Powered by PlayStation 5's hardware innovation, the VR2 looks to make a big splash in the virtual space. Let's dig into the details from today's announcement:

PlayStation VR2 Headset Specifications

The PlayStation VR2 will have much smoother and sharper visuals than its predecessor. The new OLED display resolution has been improved packing 2000 x 2040 pixels displayed per eye. The 90Hz, 120Hz refresh rate will also make the image quality clearer and reduce blur in fast-moving action sequences.

"The PlayStation VR2 will have much smoother and sharper visuals than its predecessor."

The new design will also use a single cord configuration, greatly streamlining the setup time for users. Your movements and the direction you look at are reflected in-game without the need for an external camera, cutting down on the amount of hardware to set up.

Eye-tracking capability

The VR2 headset will feature 4 cameras for headset and controller tracking​ IR camera that will offer eye-tracking. The field of view​ will extend to approximately 110 degrees giving players a wider range of sight. As Sony revealed, "PS VR2 detects the motion of your eyes, so a simple look in a specific direction can create an additional input for the game character. This allows players to interact more intuitively in new and lifelike ways, allowing for heightened emotional response and enhanced expression that provide a new level of realism in gaming."

A greater sensorial experience

The VR2 will also sport enhanced 3D audio in combination with vibrations of the headset itself. Much of this is similar to the technology offered in the PS5, the application for the VR2 has me quite excited.

The new Sense Controllers are designed to give players a more immersive gaming experience.

"The new Sense Controllers are designed to give players a more immersive gaming experience."

They employ the same vibration hardware as the DualSense controllers. Looking at what developers have been able to achieve with titles like Astro's Playroom and Returnal is nothing short of incredible.

The First PlayStation VR game revealed

To cap off the announcement Guerilla and Firesprite Games announced the very first PS VR2 game: Horizon Call of the Mountain. The two developers are teaming up to deliver a brand-new adventure created exclusively for PlayStation VR2. Check out the first footage of the game below:

The string of today's PS VR 2 announcements are important steps for the next-gen VR platform. Although many details like final form factor, pricing, and release date were not revealed, early details like this so early in the new year are a good sign we'll see the hardware in 2022.

What are your thoughts on today's announcements? Let me know in the comments below!


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