Despite Sony’s CES 2022 press conference being light on actual announcements, gamers did get a few tasty nuggets on which to chew. Sony officially announced that the second generation of their virtual reality technology is called PlayStation VR2. Also shocking to absolutely no one, the controllers are called Sense controllers.
The headset features an OLED screen with a resolution of 2000×2040 per eye. They are calling it 4K and note that it also supports HDR. It can also render at 90 and 120Hz.
The Sony PlayStation VR2 doesn’t require any external cameras for tracking player moments. Four cameras are built into the headset for tracking hand and eye movement.
The headset and Sense controllers both feature haptic feedback to increase the immersion of playing games in VR. Sony says that with this tech: “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.”
It should be simple to set everything up. There aren’t external cameras and the headset connects to the PlayStation 5 through a single cable.
Gaming hardware is only ever as good as the games they support. With that, they announced a brand new game called Horizon Call of the Mountain. It’s a stand-alone game set in the Horizon universe. It should pair nicely with Horizon Forbidden West which comes out next month. The game is being built by Guerrilla (makers of the Horizon series) and Firesprite (which Sony just purchased last September.) We’ve included a trailer below.
Sony didn’t share pricing or a release date for the PlayStation VR2. We expect more details throughout the year (although not at E3 since Sony gave up on E3 two years ago) and the device to release Holiday 2022.
For more details see Sony’s official blog post.