PlayStation 5’s Virtual Reality Headset Gets a Release Date and Price

PlayStation 5’s Virtual Reality Headset Gets a Release Date and Price

Published: November 05, 2022

Sony has officially confirmed a release date and price for the PSVR 2 headset, a virtual reality device to be used exclusively with the PlayStation 5 console.

PSVR 2 will be released worldwide (availability may differ in some countries) on February 22, 2023 and according to the press release, it will allow PlayStation 5 users to “escape into new worlds while feeling a groundbreaking sense of immersion.”

The device will be sold in two different packs: one being the standalone headset and essential peripherals for $549.99 and the other a bundle with the exclusive game Horizon Call of the Mountain for an extra $50.

The Tech Behind the (Virtual) Reality

The PSVR 2 will be released with significant upgrades compared to its PS4 predecessor, including headset feedback, eye tracking and 3D audio. The internal screens will feature HDR and a combined resolution of 4000 x 2040 (2000 x 2040 per eye) - in comparison, its predecessor had a resolution of 1920 × 1080 (960 × 1080 per eye).

Unlike the original PSVR, which used the old Move controllers, the PSVR 2 will bring its own controllers, designed specifically to take advantage of the PS5 and the PSVR 2 features. These will include motion sensors, adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. Users will also be able to purchase a charger for the controllers for an additional $49.99.

Specs sheets and additional info can be found on the official PlayStation Blog.

Standard and bundle packs for PSVR 2
[Source: Sony]
PSVR 2 will be available in standard and bundled packs

The Competition

While Sony is the only real alternative in virtual reality gaming in the console space (Nintendo has dabbled a little bit but to a much smaller degree), there are plenty of other solutions in the computer and mobile fields.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta has several options, ranging from $399.99 to $1,499.99, while HTC Vive’s products are available between $499.00 and $1,399.00, although there are other alternatives out there.

Most virtual reality devices are now being used as catalysts for the so-called “metaverse”, although it's worth remembering that the metaverse itself has nothing to do with virtual reality. VR is merely another way to enjoy the metaverse.

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In any case, it will be interesting to see how Sony will approach the metaverse once the PSVR 2 is released, especially considering they have already done the same back in the day.

Remember PlayStation Home, the online hub for PS3?

Well, that was the equivalent to a metaverse...in 2008.

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