PSVR2: Everything we know about the PS5 VR headset

Headset feedback, 4K support, and a Horizon VR game? Okay, we're interested.

When it comes to VR on PS5, it sounds like more than just our eyes are in for a treat. Sony’s console VR followup, PlayStation VR2 (or PSVR2), isn’t just upgrading what the last generation offered us. It’s bringing all-new features to the medium. Here’s everything we know about PSVR2 so far, including the games we can look forward to enjoying on it.

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What is PSVR2?

PSVR2 is Sony’s VR system built for the PlayStation 5. The company announced it was coming back in February last year, but held off divulging the major details barring a couple of images and features released in March 2021 which related to the new controllers 

As of CES 2022, PSVR2 has been more officially introduced, with information on specs for both headset and controllers finally unveiled. Built specifically for the PS5, it’s pushing things a lot further than the now ancient PS4 VR setup could manage. That means players can expect increased resolutions in each eye, a wider field of view, and exciting new features like haptic feedback in the headset itself.

PSVR2 specs

The PSVR2 will employ an 4K HDR OLED display that outshines not just its predecessor, but also many of the major competitors on the market. Here’s what we know about its specs so far.

  • Display: OLED
  • Resolution: 2000x2040 per eye
  • Field of view: 110 degrees (approx)
  • Refresh rate: 90/120Hz compatible
  • Lens Separation: Adjustable
  • Connection to PS5: USB-C
  • Audio: Stereo headphone jack and built-in microphone
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New features

In addition to the upgraded numbers above, PSVR2 will include a selection of new features that should make console VR gaming a far more enjoyable experience to both set up and play.

Controller tracking

Pick up PSVR2 and you can finally toss that PlayStation Eye camera in the trash. Much like the Quest 2, PSVR2 will utilize four headset-embedded cameras to track the movement of your controllers. Thank goodness.

Eye tracking

PSVR2 will be capable of tracking your eye movements while playing, enabling you to access new input methods while playing or navigating menus. Could be creepy, could be cool.

Haptic feedback and 3D audio

In a novel touch, the PSVR2 headset uses a built-in motor to generate vibrational feedback in response to in-game events, allowing players to “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.”

As you’d expect from the PS5, there’s also full 3D Audio support using the console’s Tempest 3D AudioTech. It sounds like you’ll need a headset to wear on top of the device, however.

PSVR2 Sense controllers

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Dropping the “Dual” part of the flat-screen PS5 equivalent, the new VR2 Sense controllers have, thankfully, dropped the PSVR’s wand controllers in favor of something far more sensible. Each rechargeable handheld grip has an analog stick, two back triggers, two primary buttons (Circle / Cross on the right, Triangle / Square on the left), and the Option or Create button (Right / Left, respectively). The two controllers will also include capacitive sensors to detect finger positioning, make use of adaptive triggers, and include haptic feedback for increased immersion.

Is PSVR2 wireless?

No. You’ll still need a cable hooked up to your PlayStation to play, though this time it’s thankfully been toned down to a single USB-C line.

What we don’t know

While CES 2022 offered a sizable information dump, there’s still an awful lot in the dark regarding the PS5 VR headset, including:

What it looks like: So far Sony has only shown off the controllers for their new VR machine.

When it releases: Sony let us know back in early 2021 that it wouldn’t be coming last year, but they still haven’t confirmed 2022, either.

The PSVR2 price: The headset specs are pretty beefy, so it’s probably not too surprising that Sony is keeping the price under wraps until closer to release.

PSVR2 Games

And finally, the games. Or game, that should be, given only one has been confirmed so far. Still, it’s an exciting one to say the least.

Horizon Call of the Mountain

Horizon Zero Dawn developer Guerrilla Games has partnered with Firesprite – the team behind The Playroom and The Persistence – to create a full VR title in the Horizon universe. It’ll introduce a new protagonist, and you’ll have the chance to meet Aloy and other Horizon characters face-to-face. The teaser trailer shows a boat travelling under the legs of a Tallneck, the scale of which should be truly impressive in VR.

That’s everything we know about PSVR2 so far. What are you hoping to get from Sony’s PS% VR headset? Let us know in the comments below.

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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