The PlayStation VR2 drops this week for PlayStation 5, promising to immerse gamers in a whole new level of play – even more than the original PlayStation VR did. But the question is this – is it worth the investment?
Technologically, the PSVR2 does have a lot to consider, and there’s something about those controls that just feels right. But then there are the games to consider, along with the price – which is actually steeper than the PlayStation 5 itself.
Let’s weigh the positives and negatives and see if the PSVR2 is right for you.
Sony Learned Some Valuable Lessons In PSVR2’s Design
The first thing you need to understand is Sony did its homework on this headset. It’s not a recycled version of PSVR, but something that feels like it’s entirely its own. First off, it’s much more comfortable, easy to slip on and no head-crushing pressure like some owners of the original PSVR experienced. On top of that, the controls are an absolute blast to use, based on our testing time with one of the units. It’s also fairly easy to start up games, compared to some of the process you had to go through with the original headset.
What’s more, it feels like the tracking has improved a little bit. There’s more precision, which is absolutely necessary with some of these games. And on top of that, it doesn’t get in the way of the visual presentation of these titles, which is pretty spot-on for those that want to truly get immersed in experiences. You can even track objects with your eyes in some cases – a long way for someone that may not be able to entirely use their hands. At last, accessibility!
So there are a lot of positives, namely with the redesign and the tech at play here. But is that enough to pick it up? Let’s look at the negatives.
Expensive, Not Backward Compatible, and You Need Something Else
Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way – the PSVR 2 is pricey. Like, super pricey. While it may not be $1,200 like a state-of-the-art headset, the unit and the controllers will go for $550.
Considering the PlayStation 5 in itself is around $499, that’s a lot to pay to get further involved within your games.
On top of that, there’s no sound included. You can try to turn up the volume on your TV, but, honestly, you need a headset. And we mean one that comfortably fits around the visor you’re wearing on your head. And one that’s preferably wireless, since you’re already dealing with enough wires as it is. It can be a handful if you truly want to get put into a virtual universe. Also, don’t forget you need the space as well – don’t break that lamp!
Finally, while there are a number of PSVR2 games that will be available at launch this week – including a new Horizon game and features for Gran Turismo 7 and Tetris Effect: Connected – there is a bit of a bummer. The PSVR2 is not backwards compatible with PSVR games. I think that Sony did this because the technology couldn’t keep up with older games, perhaps.
But that’s also a bummer because that means people will need to buy their favorites again, or stick with the original PSVR. On top of that, no Beat Saber experience at launch. Come on!
So Should You Buy It?
The PSVR2 is a technological revolution, and one that’s not as heavily priced as other headsets on the market. That said, however, it isn’t for everyone. There are imperfections with the need for a headset, as well as having to deal with wires and not being able to download older favorites for the new system. Oh, and we can’t look past the $550 price tag. It’s a bit steep for those trying to get into VR for the first time. It just depends on whether you can afford the experience – or really want it. If you do, then the PSVR2 just might be worthwhile for you. If not, well, there are cheaper alternatives. Or, hey, actual reality!
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