PlayStation VR2 available for pre-order tomorrow (update)

The PlayStation VR2 Horizon Call of the Mountain bundle will be available for purchase from February 2022 for €649.99 (Image: Sony Interactive)

PlayStation VR2 should take virtual reality gaming to “a whole new level”: Sony Interactive announces PS VR2 for PS5.

November 14, 2022 update: Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, PlayStation VR2 will be available for pre-order for the first time – exclusively via PlayStation Direct. This Monday, Sony Interactive sent purchase invitations to selected customers who had previously registered for the first time. Check your inbox including spam folder (subject: “PlayStation VR2 / *PSN name*, your chance to pre-order”).

The customers who have been contacted can now pre-order the headset within a 70-hour window (November 15 at 11am to November 18 at 10am) – while supplies last. The price is € 599.99; the delivery will not take place for three months, namely on February 22, 2023.

Note: PlayStation VR2 requires a PlayStation 5 to work.

November 2, 2022 update: Sony Interactive will begin shipping PlayStation VR2 on February 22, 2023. The price of €599.99 includes the PSVR2 headset, PSVR2 Sense controller and stereo headphones.

This is also offered separately PlayStation VR2 Horizon Call of the Mountain Bundlewhich also includes Guerrilla Games’ VR game of the same name for €649.99.

If you want to charge the controller particularly conveniently, you can also treat yourself to a separate charging station for € 49.99.

Pre-orders are possible from November 15, 2022 – but initially only through the Sony factory outlet PlayStation Direct. Customers can now register in the online shop for the start of pre-orders.

Here's the final design of the PS VR2 headset (Image: Sony Interactive)
Here’s the final design of the PS VR2 headset (Image: Sony Interactive)

Updated August 23, 2022: “Available early 2023”: This is the announcement on Sony Interactive’s international social media channels. Accordingly, PlayStation VR2 won’t make it into the Christmas business this year, hitting stores only in early 2023.

Timing may also have played a role in Sony’s decision not to participate in Gamescom 2022 in Cologne, which officially kicks off on Tuesday evening.

Updated July 26, 2022: After a long communication break, Sony Interactive has released an update on PlayStation VR2.

  • Among other things, there should be one “passage view” – in other words: you can also keep an eye on the surroundings with the VR headset on. With a function key you switch between virtual and ‘real’ reality without having to take off the VR glasses.
  • A new “transfer function” films the player during gameplay, which requires a connected PS5 HD camera. This allows movements and reactions to be recorded and, if desired, shared via social media.
  • Because VR systems usually need some space in the living room, the playing field adjusted via the PS VR2 Sense controller and the built-in cameras. This allows you to ‘leave out’ a sofa or tables, for example. These settings are saved, so there is no need to calibrate every time you start the game.
  • For the VR mode Sony Interactive predicts a 360-degree view at a resolution of 4000 x 2040 (2000 x 2040 per eye) at a frame rate of 90 Hz/120 Hz. Cinema mode the PS5 console and user interface are displayed on a virtual ‘cinema screen’ (HDR / 1,920 x 1,080).

News about the release date and other PS VR2 games will follow soon. Sadly, PS VR2 can’t be tried out at Gamescom 2022 (August 24-28): Sony Interactive canceled early and won’t be there in Cologne.

February 22, 2022 update: Sony Interactive has already revealed what the PlayStation VR2 controllers could look like – now the manufacturer is showing the final design of the input devices and accompanying headset.

The shape of the VR goggles is based on the spherical appearance of the PS VR2 Sense controller and symbolizes the player’s 360-degree view in virtual worlds. Seen from the side, the glasses seem to ‘float’ on the headband.

PlayStation VR2: Only one thin cable connects the headset to the PlayStation 5 (Image: Sony Interactive)
PlayStation VR2: Only one thin cable connects the headset to the PlayStation 5 (Image: Sony Interactive)

With ergonomics in mind, Sony Interactive claims to have as light a weight as possible and an easily adjustable headband. The distance between the eye and the field of view can be adjusted; a ventilation system keeps your head cool and prevents the lenses from fogging up.

Sony Interactive speaks of a “gigantic step forward” in the field of virtual reality games. The device must be particularly easy and quick to start up.

Game studios are already working with PS VR2 development kits from Sony. The company hasn’t yet announced a specific date or suggested retail price, but there are plenty of indications that the pack will launch before Christmas. More than half of this year’s ‘GamesWirtschaftsWeisen’ consider a sales start in 2022 realistic.

PlayStation VR2: The brace should be quick and easy to adjust to the user's head circumference (Image: Sony Interactive)
PlayStation VR2: The brace should be quick and easy to adjust to the user’s head circumference (Image: Sony Interactive)

Notice as of January 5, 2022: In late February 2021, Sony Interactive first confirmed that engineers were working on a successor to PlayStation VR, which has attracted more than 6 million buyers since 2016. So every 20th PlayStation 4 owner has treated themselves to a PSVR system.

The PS4 package also works with a PlayStation 5 with a free adapter, but the new model is of course tailored to the performance of the current generation of consoles.

Not yet known: the name. As suspected, Sony Interactive has chosen the most obvious product name: PlayStation VR2, PS VR2 for short. Using a further developed headset and a completely redesigned controller, players will soon be able to immerse themselves in VR gaming worlds.

This is what the new controller of the PlayStation VR successor looks like (Image: Sony Interactive)
This is what the new controller of the PlayStation VR successor looks like (Image: Sony Interactive)

Sony Interactive promises improvements in image quality, sensors, tracking and usability and comfort:

  • For example, the PlayStation VR2 headset has a OLED screen with a resolution of 2,000 x 2,040 pixels, 4K HDR resolution and a field of view of 110 degrees.
  • The headset is used to track player movements and changes in perspective four integrated cameras – Unlike the previous model, external cameras are no longer required.
  • Through follow eye PS VR2 recognizes the player’s eye movements – even a simple glance in a certain direction should be able to generate additional interactions from the character.
  • Like the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller, the new PS VR2 also uses Sense technology integrated motors for sensory feedback in the form of situation-dependent vibrations. Sony Interactive promises itself and its customers a “more interactive gaming experience” – citing as examples the thrust of a vehicle when starting or pulling objects flying past the character.
  • The effect is enhanced by 3D audio via Tempest 3D Audiotech, which is also built into the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset. The headset also has a microphone.
  • The form and function of the have been known since March 2021 PS VR2 Sense controllerswith adaptive triggers, haptic feedback and finger touch recognition.
  • also the Commissioning of the PS VR2 system easier take place: The earlier cable clutter is replaced by a single cable that needs to be connected to the PlayStation 5 – then it should be able to start immediately. In the past, many users found this cumbersome installation process a hindrance.

Prices and dates for PS VR2 have not yet been announced by Sony Interactive – the design of the headset will also remain a secret for the time being. As a guideline, the PlayStation VR retail price was €399 when it launched in October 2016.

Analysts expect sales to start at the end of 2022, possibly only at the beginning of 2023. On the one hand, the production quantities that can be achieved by then are decisive, on the other hand, there must be enough games at the start. In total, according to Sony, 17 games are in preparation in the group’s own PlayStation Studios alone.

In addition to the hardware specs, Sony Interactive has also announced a first exclusive title for PlayStation VR2: Horizon: Call of the Mountain (Trailer) produced by Dutch Sony studio Guerrilla Games (Horizon: Forbidden West) in co-production with Firesprite’s English colleagues (The persistence, The Playroom VR) is developed.

The PlayStation 5 game console, which is mandatory for the use of PS VR2, is available as a Digital Edition from € 399 – the drive model costs € 499 (dealer overview).

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