The PlayStation 5 has been making quite a few waves with the next generation of gaming – but what about PlayStation VR? We haven’t heard a word about what Sony’s doing with it just yet…at least, until the company’s CES presentation last night.
Sony officially confirmed PlayStation VR2, set to debut sometime this year. For good measure, it’ll also come with a new VR2 Sense controller, to help involve players even more in their experiences.
Here are the specs for the new VR unit, straight from the PlayStation Blog:
- 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.
The PlayStationVR 2 controller will also feature the same haptic feedback and adaptive triggers as the DualSense controller, but obviously with enhancements made specifically for virtual reality games.
Oh, and speaking of games – Guerrilla, working alongside the studio at Firesprite, will produce a new game for the PS VR2 called Horizon: Call of the Mountain. It ties in with the Horizon franchise, specifically with Forbidden West, which makes its debut next month on PlayStation platforms. The “original” game will allow players to dive deeper into the world of Aloy, and you can check out its teaser trailer below!
We’ll get a closer look at the PlayStation VR2 in action fairly soon. But for now, this sounds really intriguing. Now we just need to see what it’s priced at…
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