Sony’s official PSVR 2 trailer invites viewers to “feel a new reality.” It focuses heavily on the new bells and whistles built into the PlayStation VR 2 when paired with the PS5.
Check out the trailer below. It includes a number of games planned for the platform, e.g Horizon: Mountain Bell, Ultra Firewalland A native village of evilVR mode.
For the average viewer and those who weren’t physically present at this year’s Tokyo Game Show (where PSVR 2 was playable) or the preview sessions held for press and influencers, this PSVR 2 trailer is one of the most detailed looks yet. It highlights some of the new features introduced in Sony’s VR solution to match (or beat) high-end PC VR setups.
Of particular note in the headset is the addition of eye tracking, which uses internal sensors to detect and track the wearer’s focus. In Ultra Firewall, the function is used to facilitate weapon switching. Eye Tracking also enables Foveated Rendering, a feature that allocates system resources to selectively enhance the parts of the game that the player is actually looking at, improving graphics without overtaxing the hardware. The setup also allows for force feedback in the headset itself and the same Tempest 3D audio technology used in the PS5 console for better 3D sound imaging when wearing headphones.
The PSVR 2 trailer also highlights the features used in the two-hand controller. Hand controllers for the PSVR 1 were an optional purchase and were based on the PS3-era PS Move sticks. The new controllers also feature the same haptic feedback and adaptive triggering features used in the PS5’s DualSense controller. They also have a touch sensor that allows the player to simulate a touch without pressing a button.
PSVR 2 will be released in early 2023. Sony has not released details on hardware pricing or distribution. Last week, it confirmed that the setup won’t be compatible with PSVR 1 games, meaning gamers with previous-generation headsets will have to keep it to play the games they bought for it.