PSVR2 Guide: Headset Features and Overview
PSVR2 is Sony’s new virtual reality headset, and works in tandem with the PS5 to create a next-gen experience. The headset connects to the console using a single USB-C cord, making setup a lot more straightforward than its predecessor. In addition to a high-resolution 4K OLED HDR panel, it also includes eye-tracking functionality for foveated rendering, inside-out tracking of the PSVR2 Sense Controllers, and a rumble motor for improved feedback and reduced motion sickness.
For this section of our guide, we’ve compiled a list of the headline features included with PSVR2:
- 4K OLED HDR: PSVR2 features a 4K OLED HDR panel, providing resolutions of up to 2000×2040 per eye, which is quadruple the visual fidelity of the original PSVR headset. It also features eye-tracking and foveated rendering, a technology which can reduce computational overheads by assigning the majority of the PS5’s power to rendering the objects you’re actually looking at.
- Inside-Out Tracking: Rather than rely on a single tracking point like the original PSVR headset’s PS Camera, PSVR2 instead features a four camera array within the headset itself which is used to track the position of the new PSVR2 Sense Controllers, meaning you can turn 180-degrees from your starting position and still maintain perfect accuracy.
- Rumble Motor: PSVR2 has a rumble motor built-in to the headset itself to provide additional feedback during gameplay. This means you’ll be able to physically feel the impact of an object flying past your face. Research also suggests that including this type of force feedback can help with motion sickness, as it tricks the brain into believing your body is moving, therefore reducing the “lurching” sensation that can occur during intense gameplay.
In terms of specifications, PSVR2 surpasses the original PSVR headset in every measurable category. You can find a full PSVR2 vs Meta Quest 2 vs Valve Index vs PSVR: Full Specs Comparison through the link, but we’ve included a condensed overview below:
|Specs||PS VR 2||PSVR|
|Resolution||2000×2040 per eye||960×1080 per eye|
|Refresh Rate||120hz, 90hz||120hz, 90hz|
|Field of View||~110-degrees||~100-degrees|
|Cameras||Four for inside-out tracking of PS VR2 Sense controllers||None|
|Connection||USB Type-C||HDMI, USB|
|Audio||Built-in microphone and stereo headphone jack||Built-in microphone and stereo headphone jack|
PSVR2 Guide: PSVR2 Sense Controllers
PSVR2 Sense Controllers are the new motion controllers for use with the PSVR2 headset, replacing the PS Move wands used by the original PSVR. These utilise inside-out tracking to determine their position, meaning they’re tracked by a camera array within the PSVR2 headset itself, meaning they won’t ever lose position, even when you turn away from your starting position. In addition to improved tracking, they also feature a number of technologies taken from the DualSense controller.
In this section of our guide, we’ve outlined some of the key features of the PSVR2 Sense Controllers below:
- New Controls: Unlike the PS Move wands, the new PSVR2 Sense Controllers have an analogue stick for each thumb, and match the inputs of a traditional DualSense controller, with the Square and Triangle buttons on the left pad and Circle and Cross buttons on the right pad.
- Finger Sensing: The PSVR2 Sense Controllers have the ability to detect when you’re gripping the pad. This will allow you to make more natural gestures with your hands in-game, allowing you to close your fist or hold out a palm depending upon the context of your situation.
- Haptic Feedback: Like the DualSense controller, the PSVR2 Sense Controllers include haptic feedback, allowing you to experience more defined rumble “textures” with each interaction.
- Adaptive Triggers: Again, much like the DualSense controller, the PSVR2 Sense Controllers include adaptive triggers. This means that, depending upon the game and scenario, you’ll feel resistance in the triggers when you’re conducting a strenuous activity, like, for example, firing a weapon.
PSVR2 Guide: Games and Experiences
We’ve already established PSVR2 is an impressive piece of hardware, but it’d be nothing without software. For this section of our guide, we’re keeping tabs on all games and experiences coming to the headset. These pages will be updated in real-time, as new titles are announced and deployed, so feel free to bookmark it for all the latest information.
PSVR2 Guide: Troubleshooting
Are you having a problem with your PSVR2 headset? Help is at hand! Whether it’s finding the perfect fit or overcoming an annoying irritation, in this section of our guide we’ve compiled a selection of troubleshooting tips and tricks which will help you to get the absolute most out of Sony’s next-gen virtual reality headset.
PSVR2 Guide: FAQs
To round out our PSVR2 guide, we’ve put together some FAQs you may have about the headset with clear and concise answers. These encompass a variety of topics, including the price, whether you can play it wirelessly, or if it supports 3D Blu-rays. We’ll be paying attention to all of your questions, and will expand this section over time.
That concludes our PSVR2 guide, but this is an evolving page that we’ll be updating with new information over the course of the headset’s lifespan. As such, consider bookmarking this page and checking back regularly for all of the latest information on Sony’s new virtual reality headset.