Sony officially announced PlayStation VR2 back in January, detailing a variety of specs for its upcoming next generation virtual reality hardware, but today they have finally unveiled the first look at the headset design and updated PlayStation VR2 Sense controller design.
The design is inspired by the look of the PS5 family of products. You won’t find any sharp or flat edges on the PlayStation VR2, however. Everything has been designed with roundness in mind since both the headset and controllers are meant for constant human contact. The headband design from PSVR remains similar, with an adjustable headband and scope to fit a variety of heads ands faces. New additions include a lens adjustment dial, an overall slimmer design, vents to let air out, and a reduction in weight.
Previous announced features of PlayStation VR2 include:
- 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.
No price point has been announced yet, but Sony has said that dev units are already in the hands of creators. Fans can expect further announcements regarding its price and release date soon.