Sony’s next-generation virtual reality headset, the PlayStation VR 2 (PS VR 2), is on track to release early next year, and it costs a lot more than many were expecting.
The Japanese electronics giant revealed the headset goes up for sale on 22 February 2023, exactly one year after its design was first unveiled. And it will retail for US$550, making it more expensive than the PS5 even after the recent price hike in some markets.
The PS VR 2 ships with a pair of Sense controllers and stereo headphones out of the box. There will also be a bundle that includes Horizon Call of the Mountain, which will retail for US$600. A charging station for the controllers will be sold separately for US$50.
For those who aren't familiar, the PS VR 2 isn't a standalone headset like the Oculus Quest 2, for instance. You'll still need to have a PS5 to be able to play VR games. If you haven't scored a PS5 yet, don't worry as Sony this week reported that it produced more than 6.5 million units over the last three months, suggesting supply chain snags have since eased. This means there's a good chance you'll be able to buy one at retail before the PS VR 2 launches next year.
The PS VR 2 is Sony's second attempt at a VR headset after releasing the PS VR on the PS4. The new device features a display resolution of 2000 x 2040 pixels for each eye with support for 4K HDR, a 110-degree field of view and refresh rates of up to 120Hz. It also includes 3D audio capabilities and eye tracking. The Sense controllers, meanwhile, tout haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, both of which are key features of the PS5's DualSense controllers.
Sony says there will be more than 20 games available on the PS VR 2 at launch, including the aforementioned Horizon Call of the Mountain.
Sony revealed its next-generation virtual reality headset, the PS VR 2, goes up for sale on 22 February 2023 for a retail price of US$550.
The PS VR 2 ships with a pair of Sense controllers and stereo headphones out of the box.
The Japanese electronics giant also said there will be more than 20 games available on the platform at launch.