PSVR 2, the next iteration of the PlayStation VR headset, will launch in the first few months of next year.
Sony announced that the PlayStation VR 2 will launch in “early 2023” in a post on twitter (opens in new tab). While no specific date has been mentioned, that release window likely spans the first three months of next year.
There’s no word yet on the launch price of the PSVR 2. The original PlayStation VR starter pack launched for $499 / £399 / AU$650, although it has gradually declined in price over the past few years. But with the Oculus Quest 2 getting a price increase last month due to rising manufacturing costs, the PSVR 2 could launch at a similarly inflated price.
Through the mirror
Hopes are high for the PSVR 2, with Sony promising big hardware improvements over its predecessor. The headset will feature an OLED screen capable of 4K resolutions, a refresh rate of up to 120hz, and a 110-degree field of view. Inside-out motion tracking means you won’t have to rely on a separate camera to track your movements, while the foveated rendering will better track your eye movements.
It also appears to have a healthier release list than PSVR, releasing alongside 20 new games that span a range of genres. While we don’t know what all the PSVR 2 games will be, we do know that Horizon Call of the Mountain, Resident Evil Village and Among Us will be among them.
Other rumors suggest that the PSVR 2 will be backwards compatible, allowing you to dive into your existing library of PSVR games from the get-go. Combined with its sleek design, Sony’s new and improved VR system looks like it will build on its predecessor in every major way.
Not that there aren’t other issues to consider. The headphone jack will plug in – a significant compromise alongside the wireless Oculus Quest 2 – and you’ll also need to connect it to a PS5. Given the ongoing shortage of stock for Sony’s next-gen console, this is a significant limiting factor.
With small VR maker Pico also looking to launch a new headset in western markets in the future, Sony and Meta could face tough, cheaper competition down the road.