PlayStation VR2 headset with rounded design inspired by PS5, PS VR2 Sense controller revealed by Sony
PlayStation VR2 – the Japanese company’s next-generation virtual reality headset – was unveiled by Sony on Tuesday. Sony’s new PS5 peripheral is clearly inspired by the design of the PlayStation 5. The company also introduced the new PlayStation VR2 Sense controller, which sports a new circular orb-shaped design. Sony claims to have retained the ergonomics of the original PS VR headset, while adding new features such as a lens adjustment wheel and a built-in motor for headset feedback. The company has yet to reveal when the PS VR2 system will be available to consumers – or what it will cost.
In a blog post showcasing the company’s latest PS VR2 headset, Sony explained that the new headset was inspired by the look of the PS5 console. While the console has flat edges meant to be placed on a flat surface, the company says the PS VR2 headset features a rounded design because it’s meant to have constant human contact, much like the rounded edges of the DualSense controller and the Pulse 3D headphones. .
Sony says it used feedback on the ergonomics of the first PS VR headset when creating its successor, such as weight balancing and adjustable headband. Likewise, the adjustable range and placement of the stereo headphone jack have not been changed for a more familiar experience. Meanwhile, Sony has added new features including a lens adjustment dial, which allows users to optimize the view on the headset by matching the lens distance between their eyes.
The upcoming PS VR2 headset also features a new built-in motor for headset feedback, and Sony says it’s managed to do this while offering a slimmer design compared to its predecessor. The PS VR2 headset will also feature a new vent design, located in a gap between the top surface and the front surface of the bezel, for better airflow while preventing the lens from fogging up while playing.
Some of these details were first revealed at Sony’s CES 2022 conference in January. The upcoming PS VR2 will offer 4K OLED HDR displays (2000 x 2040 pixels per eye) with a 110 degree field of view (FoV) and 90-120Hz refresh rate. The PS VR2 headset will offer eye tracking for improved and intuitive interaction and power efficiency, as the headset will only render what the player is looking at. It will feature four cameras for headset and controller tracking, and infrared cameras for eye tracking. The sensors of the PS VR2 headset include a three-axis gyroscope and a three-axis accelerometer, as well as an infrared proximity sensor.
Sony says PS VR2 dev kits have already been sent out to game creators, which means the launch of the headset will be accompanied by the release of games that take advantage of the new PS VR2 headset hardware. Makes sense. What good is new gaming hardware without games? Back at CES 2022, Sony announced Horizon Call of the Mountain for PlayStation VR2.
As mentioned earlier, Sony has yet to reveal pricing details for the PS VR2 headset and PS VR2 Sense controller, or when they will be available to customers.
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