Sony PSVR2 virtual reality headset will launch in early 2023

Sony’s PSVR2 virtual reality headset is set to launch early next year, with an improved design and improved user interface set to overhaul Sony’s VR gaming experience.

Announced in January, the Sony PSVR2 release will come six years after the original PSVR. It was compatible with the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles, but relied on an adapter, while the new PSVR2 will only work with the PlayStation 5 console and works via a single USB cable.

The announcement came via PlayStation’s global social media accounts, including PlayStation AU.

Previously, Sony’s PSVR2 VR headset was confirmed to be slimmer than its predecessor, while also including new features such as a lens adjustment dial and new vents for improved airflow and cooling.

To create a more realistic experience, the headset features two OLED HDR displays, offering 2000×2040 resolution per eye, as well as a 110-degree field of view, a new eye-tracking system, and refresh rate options of 90/120 Hz. It also features new handheld controllers, similar to other high-end VR headsets, instead of relying on the basic PlayStation Move controllers.

Meanwhile, the PSVR2 user experience includes a new transparent feature that takes advantage of the headset’s external cameras. Users can switch between the game and their real-world environment without removing their headset, either through Control Center or by pressing a button on the device.

Using the cameras, the headset can also scan the user’s physical space and set the boundaries of the play area to prevent them from bumping into real-world objects like coffee tables.

Sony also announced that gamers with a PS5 HD camera will be able to stream themselves playing the new VR system, sending gameplay footage directly to a stream at the same time.

More than 20 games will be available at launch, though headset prices and pre-order dates have yet to be confirmed. Considering the global supply chain issues, it remains to be seen if the PSVR 2 is as hard to come by as the PlayStation 5.

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