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Sony is revealing more information about its upcoming PlayStation VR headset, including how tracking will work, tech specs and more

Source: PlayStation Blog

In a PlayStation Blog post Tuesday, Sony revealed new details on its upcoming PlayStation VR successor, which the company is simply calling PSVR2.

The new headset is yet to have a price or release date, but technical specifications and other information on the new VR2 Sense controller and headset should make virtual reality gaming fans quite excited for the next generation of VR gaming on PlayStation 5.

The PSVR2 details were first shown off during Sony’s Consumer Electronics Show 2022 presentation, which you can check out here, via GameSpot.

As written in the Blog post, below is a list of new features and upgrades that the upcoming VR system will bring to the table.

Visual Fidelity: For a high-fidelity visual experience, PS VR2 offers 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view, and foveated rendering. With an OLED display, players can expect a display resolution of 2000×2040 per eye and smooth frame rates of 90/120Hz.

Headset-based Controller Tracking: With inside-out tracking, PS VR2 tracks you and your controller through integrated cameras embedded in the VR headset. Your movements and the direction you look at are reflected in-game without the need for an external camera.

New Sensory Features: PS VR2 Sense Technology combines eye tracking, headset feedback, 3D Audio, and the innovative PS VR2 Sense controller to create an incredibly deep feeling of immersion. Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player. It’s created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience. For example, gamers 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. Additionally, PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech makes sounds in the player’s surroundings come alive, adding to this new level of immersion.

Eye Tracking: With eye tracking, 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 a heightened emotional response and enhanced expression that provide a new level of realism in gaming. 

In addition, Sony says when combined with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers already present in the DualSense controller, the VR2 Sense controllers will “enable players to feel and interact with games in a much more visceral way.”

Perhaps the most welcomed detail mentioned in the Blog post is that the new headset will connect via a single wire setup this time around.

This isn’t new information as it was first revealed in February 2021 when PSVR2 was initially announced, but it’s great to hear this hasn’t changed.

However, it’s a bit disappointing to hear that Sony hasn’t decided to go in the direction of a wireless headset. Still, the single cord should improve on the messy multiple-cord setup featured on the original PSVR headset in a big way.

Sony also unveiled a new exclusive VR2 game based in the Horizon universe called “Horizon Call of the Mountain”, which is being developed and published by Guerrilla and Firesprite.

Lastly, here are the tech specs, as written on the PlayStation Blog, for the PSVR2 headset and VR2 Sense controllers:

PlayStation VR2 Specifications

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 PS5USB Type-C®
Audio​Input: Built-in microphone​Output: Stereo headphone jack
Source: PlayStation Blog

PlayStation VR2 Sense Controllers Specifications

Buttons​[Right]​
PS button, Options button, Action buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 button, R2 button, Right Stick / R3 button
​[Left]​
PS button, Create button, Action buttons (Triangle / Square), L1 button, L2 button, Left Stick / L3 button
Sensing/ TrackingMotion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer)
Capacitive Sensor: Finger Touch DetectionIR LED: Position Tracking
Feedback ​Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Haptic Feedback (by single actuator per unit)
PortUSB Type-C® Port
Communication​Bluetooth® Ver5.1​ 
Battery​Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery​
Source: PlayStation Blog

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