Sony's PSVR 2 brings in a load of high-end virtual reality specs into a reworked PSVR headset.
And as you'll see in our PSVR 2 review, it's one of the best VR headsets around, even though it's limited to being used with the PS5. While it's not perfect, given it needs to be tethered to a PS5, it's a heck of a lot more capable than the impressive Meta Quest 2.
So read on for a quick overview of everything you need to know about the PSVR 2.
PSVR 2: Release date and price
The PSVR 2 was released on February 22. It can currently be purchased directly from Sony via the PlayStation Direct store. But you'll need a hefty wad of cash.
With a price tag of $549.99 / £529.99/ €599.99 / AU$879, the PSVR 2 isn't cheap. But that can be rationalized a little when you consider the specs the PSVR 2 has, and how it has access to exclusive games.
Our recommendation would be to get the PSVR2 Horizon Call of the Mountain bundle, as it throws in Horizon Call of the Mountain — a fantastic game to show off the VR tech — for $599 / £569 / €649 / AU$959.
If you want to spend more there's also a PSVR 2 Sense controller charging station is $49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99/ AU$79.
PSVR 2: Specs
|Row 0 - Cell 0||Row 0 - Cell 1|
|Display||4K OLED, 2,000 x 2,040 per eye|
|Refresh rate||90Hz, 120Hz|
|Field of view||110 degrees|
|Sensors||6-axis motion sensing system, IR camera, capacitive controller senors, IR LED position tracking|
|Feedback||Haptics on controllers and headset|
|Features||Eye tracking, adaptive triggers, Tempest 3D Audio|
|Connectivity||USB-C, Bluetooth 5.1|
PSVR 2: Design and controllers
Given we go into more detail in our PSVR 2 review, we'll keep things brief here. The PSVR 2 refines the design of its predecessor, removing external lights, improving the light shield, and sports much better specs. There's also no need to make use of an external PlayStation camera.
A single cable attaches directly to the PS5's USB-C port, meaning there's no need for a breakout box or multiple cables. This also makes it very easy to set up the PSVR 2.
The awkward Move controllers are gone and instead we have the Sense controllers, which are a little like a cross between the Meta Quest 2's controllers and the PS5's DualSense controller.
The Sense controllers feature movement tracking rings and capacitive touch like the Quest 2, but also have adaptive triggers and haptics as you'd find on the DualSense, which really helps make a VR world feel more tactile. In short, the Sense controllers are a dramatic improvement on the Move 'wands' and some of the best VR controllers we've tried.
PS VR2: Games
The PSVR 2 will come with more than 30 games within its launch window of February and March. And with Sony confirming that there are more than 100 games in development, we could see a bounty of PSVR 2 games in the near future.
Check out our roundup of every game that has been announced so far, from exclusives, to launch day titles and more.
The game that will lead the PSVR 2 charge is Hozion Call of the Mountain, which not only looks very impressive but feels great thanks to the haptics in the PSVR 2's Sense controllers and headset. Plus 3D audio is put to great use s well.
Expect a deluge of updates for existing games to run on the PSVR 2, as well as ports of current VR games. But the ones to look out for could be the PSVR 2 updates for Gran Turismo 7 and Resident Evil Village.
Our hope is Sony really commits to putting out high-quality PSVR 2 games, as the only standout title in our review was Call of the Mountain; we hope to put more PSVR 2 games to the test rather soon.
PSVR 2: Final thoughts
We had a lot of praise for the PSVR 2 in our review, as it's a fantastic bit of hardware. Sure it's expensive but the tech on offer is undeniably eye-catching, and the VR experience is properly high-end.
The only cause to pause is ultimately the PSVR 2 doesn't do anything hugely stand out from other VR headsets. Rather it brings together existing tech and the PS5's power, audio and haptics in a single easy-to-use package. That'll be compelling enough for some PlayStation fans, while others may want to wait until the PSVR 2 is a little more mature and has a greater range of games to play that showcase its capabilities.
But as a VR headset, the PSVR 2 is one of the best around.