PlayStation VR2 Hardware finally revealed: First look and impressions

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The long awaited PlayStation VR2 has finally been revealed. We finally have clear shots of the PSVR 2 hardware, giving us our first look at the upcoming headset.

I’ve been waiting for the PlayStation VR 2 before taking the leap into VR gaming. First announced in March 2021, the next gen PS VR was an enigmatic product until we got specs at this year’s CES 2022.

PlayStation VR 2 Hardware finally revealed: First look and impressions

We already know that the headset would feature a 4K HDR OLED screen with headset controller and eye tracking. It also takes full advantage of the PS5’s Tempest 3D audio tech.

The controllers, dubbed the Sense controllers, would feature the same acute haptics the DualSense made waves with.

Specs are great, but a poor design on a wearable like a VR headset can break the product. In a new blog post on the PS VR2, Sony detailed the hardware and design thesis the new headset will have.

The set is striking, with a large goggle unit held by a huge headband. Despite its size, Sony asserts that it’s lightweight while maintaining key features like lens adjustment and haptic motors.

Much of the reveal is spent discussing the unit’s cooling. PS VR2 was designed extra vents for long gaming sessions, but it’s not clear if the headset will be actively cooled with a fan.

I can’t quite make out where those vents are based on preview photos, but I’ll take SIE Senior Art Director Yujin Morisawa’s word that they’re by the scope.

The twin Sense (not to be confused with the DualSense) controllers are a funky pair. They look like more like high end car concepts rather than controllers, but Sony asserts that the design is extremely ergonomic. Given how great the DualSense is, I have little suspicion that these will disappoint.

Aesthetically, the PlayStation VR2 has the same design language of the PS5. The headset features rounded curves and the same bluish-white color of the PS5.

According to Sony,

"Our goal is to create a headset that will not only become an attractive part of your living room decor, but will also keep you immersed in your game world, to the point where you almost forget you are using a headset or controller."

VR headsets can be a pain to store, and otherwise can be an eyesore especially when they’re out to charge. The PS5 is a commanding presence on a TV console or desk, and the PS VR2 seems like it’ll complement as if both were decor.

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This design philosophy extends to practicality, too, as the PS VR 2 hooks up with just a single USB Type-C cord. Easy cable management is always a plus, and makes using the system simpler.

There’s still no word on release, or if the new PS VR 2 will be compatible with original PS VR titles.