PlayStation VR2 (PS VR2) and the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller are now official. I mean, the names, the products already were. At its CES 2022 conference, Sony shared the official name of its next-gen virtual reality headset and VR controllers for the PlayStation 5. Both are predictable and fitting, given the digital iteration that Sony loves, and that the new PS5 controller is known as the Dual Sense. Meanwhile, Sony announced an exclusive PS VR2 game in Horizon Call of the Mountain, based on the worlds of Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West.
Horizon Call of the Mountain will be told through the eyes of an entirely new character, developers Guerrilla and Firesprite said, who will be introduced “soon”. That said, you’ll meet Aloy and other familiar faces in Horizon Call of the Mountain, as well as some new characters along the way. Horizon Call of the Mountain was made for PS VR2 and “designed to push hardware technology, innovation, and gameplay.”
Additionally, we have some basic details about the PS VR2 – it will offer HDR OLED displays that feature 4K resolution (2000 x 2040 pixels per eye) with a 110 degree field of view. Frame rates will oscillate between 90/120 Hz. PS VR2 will support eye tracking, which Sony says “allows players to interact more intuitively in new and realistic ways.” Eye tracking will also enable foveal rendering – this reduces rendering workload as PlayStation VR2 will only render what you are looking at. This means the PS VR2 will be more efficient and less power-hungry and will make the most of the PS5’s internals.
On top of all that, PlayStation VR2 has cameras built into the headset that allow upside-down tracking without the need for an external camera, Sony said. The PS VR2 will also feature headset feedback. Sony describes the return of the headset as “a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of the player’s in-game actions. It is created by a single motor integrated with vibration that adds a smart tactile element, bringing gamers closer to the experience of game. For example, players can feel a character’s high pulse during moments of tension, the rush of objects passing near the character’s head, or the thrust of a vehicle when the character is speeding forward.
Many new PlayStation VR2 details are all consistent with reports from August and May last year, including OLED HDR displays, 2000 x 2040 pixel resolution per eye, foveal rendering and field of view. 110 degree view. The August report had also claimed that more details would be announced in early 2022, which is exactly what happened.
Here are the full specs available for the PlayStation VR2:
- Display: OLED
- Resolution: 2000 x 2040 pixels per eye
- 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-by-eye tracking
- Feedback: vibration on headset
- PS5 link: USB Type-C cable
- The audio-
- Input: built-in microphone
- Output: stereo headphone jack
And here are the full specs available for the PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers –
- 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
- Detection/Tracking —
- Motion sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer)
- Capacitive sensor: finger touch detection
- IR LEDs: Position Tracking
- Feedback: trigger effect (on the R2/L2 button), haptic feedback (by a single actuator per unit)
- Port: USB Type-C port
- Battery: Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery