PlayStation VR2 overview: An ideal headset that needs to be cheaper

The PlayStation VR 2 is the digital actuality improve console avid gamers have been ready for — however is it actually price $550? That depends upon how a lot you want top quality VR. 

The digital actuality panorama appears to be like utterly totally different right this moment than it did in 2016. The unique PlayStation VR arrived amid the height of the VR hype, which kicked off with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Whereas they weren’t good, carrying any of these gadgets was like shoving your eyeballs proper into the subsequent main leap for computing. And if VR took off, it was solely a matter of time till we have been all carrying augmented actuality glasses. Clearly, that hasn’t occurred.


  • Wonderful OLED shows
  • Snug match
  • Headset haptics really feel immersive
  • Sense controllers are strong


  • Extremely excessive launch value
  • Restricted new titles
  • Long run improvement is suspect

Now that a lot of the preliminary pleasure round VR has fizzled out, the PlayStation VR2 is extra of a curiosity than a must have gadget. It has the entire specs you’d need from a next-generation headset, but it surely additionally prices greater than the PlayStation 5 itself. Sony says greater than 30 video games will probably be out there through the PS VR2’s launch window, however who is aware of how nicely it will be supported over the subsequent few years.

And actually, what is the level of an expensive tethered headset when the Meta Quest 2 will get you utterly wi-fi VR (albeit of a lot decrease high quality) for $399? Irrespective of the way you take a look at it, the PSVR2 is a tricky promote. And but, I am unable to assist however be impressed by it. The PS VR 2 packs in the perfect of high-end PC VR, together with progressive options like eye monitoring, in addition to one thing we have by no means seen earlier than: Haptics on your head!

Gallery: PlayStation VR2 | 18 Photographs

Earlier than we get to that although, let’s check out the PS VR2 itself. At first look, it looks as if an advanced type of the unique, with a design that is extra harking back to the PS5. As an alternative of a bulbous Fisher Worth-esque toy, the PS VR2 truly appears to be like like one thing constructed with inventive ambition. (Get able to roll your eyes when it is highlighted at MOMA.) Certain, it is nonetheless fabricated from plastic, however at the very least it is good plastic, the identical stuff used for the PS5’s exterior shell and the DualSense controllers.

PlayStation VR2 side profile while worn

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I additionally did not thoughts the plastic a lot for the reason that PS VR2’s inside {hardware} is such an enormous improve. It options twin 2K OLED screens, which successfully ship a 4K picture. The sector of view has additionally been bumped as much as 110 levels, placing it on-par with most different high-end VR headsets. Whereas the shows nonetheless supply 90Hz or 120Hz refresh charges, in my expertise every thing simply appears to be like smoother due to the PS5’s extra horsepower.

Up entrance, you may discover 4 sensors that observe the headset and its new Sense controllers. Thanks to those “inside out” sensors, that are additionally discovered on the Meta Quest and lots of different headsets, the PS VR2 would not require a PlayStation digital camera to trace its motion like earlier than. Alongside the highest, there is a button to increase the entrance half of the headset, in addition to a dial to regulate the pupillary distance. It does so by bodily shifting the lenses to match the space between your eyes, one thing that was sorely lacking from Sony’s first headset.

PlayStation VR2 looking from the rear

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On the backside of the PS VR2 there is a small microphone, energy button and choice button. To get audio, you may need to plug within the bundled earbuds alongside the again of the headset. There’s nothing stopping you from utilizing your individual headphones or earbuds, however the cable scenario would doubtless be a multitude.

As for securing the PS VR2 to your head, I used to be blissful to seek out that Sony did not actually change a lot from the extremely comfy first mannequin. The PS VR2 options plush cushioning on your brow, in addition to a thicker cushion that sits behind your cranium. Clicking the dial on the rear extends the arms of the headset, and like earlier than, you safe it by twisting the dial. Along with its impeccably balanced design and light-weight weight, the PS VR2 is a dream to put on. I solely want the headset flipped up like these forgotten Home windows Combined Actuality gadgets – that might have made it far simpler to slide on and off.

Nonetheless, I am blissful that Sony listened to the numerous criticisms of the Transfer wand controllers on the unique PS VR. The brand new Sense controllers are literally objective constructed for digital actuality – they’re virtually a carbon copy of Meta’s Quest controllers, with a big monitoring ring, analog sticks, two face buttons, triggers and grip buttons. Each remotes have haptic suggestions, PlayStation buttons, and so they additionally break up the sharing and possibility buttons discovered on the DualSense. General they’re an enormous step up, although it might be good in the event that they have been simpler to placed on once you’re caught in VR. It is onerous to inform which controller is which, and their elaborate design makes it robust to get your fingers in the precise locations.

PlayStation VR2 Sense controller

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Each time I used to be annoyed with these controllers, although, I took a breath and appreciated what Sony acquired proper. The setup course of for the PS VR2, for instance, is vastly less complicated than the earlier mannequin. Now all you’ll want to do is plug in a single USB-C cable into the entrance of your PS5 to get the headset going. You are still coping with an almost 15-foot cable, however at the very least it would not contain an extra breakout field and digital camera.

After pairing my Sense controllers with my PS5, I stepped by way of the acquainted technique of scanning my house and measuring the ground by reducing my controllers down. The PS VR2 did a formidable job of recognizing the secure play house I had in my basement, however I additionally appreciated with the ability to tweak particular sections to my liking. As with each different VR headset, you’ll be able to select to play video games whereas sitting or standing up. I loved each positions, however intensive video games like Horizon VR: Name of the Mountain profit from having extra room. It is simpler to really feel like a post-apocalyptic warrior once you’re truly breaking a sweat.

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