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PlayStation VR 2 : Dates, Prices, Specs, and Rumors

PlayStation VR is possibly one of the most popular VR headsets today, with a cheap price and a library of VR content that undoubtedly tempts PS4 players, especially when compared to other platforms such as Oculus Rift S or HTC Vive. Cosmos. 

Many wonder if with the arrival of the PlayStation 5 already announced by Sony and on sale since November 12, we could also see the announcement of a new PlayStation VR glasses. Rumors and patents suggest it, although for the moment it is waiting.

That is why we wanted to prepare this article to know the details about the new PlayStation VR 2, from the possible launch dates, to the price and even some interesting patents that give us an idea of ​​what to expect with the arrival of the second. Sony’s VR generation. 

When will the PSVR 2 glasses be released?

Sony’s first-generation PlayStation VR headsets were released three years after the PS4 made its appearance on the market, but we don’t think anything similar is happening with the PS5.

Sony has given fans of the brand a bit of virtual reality on the PS4 with a collection of exclusive games for the platform, and with all the power that the console is capable of, so it would be strange the absence of news. 

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Given that the PS5 is already on sale thinking about the Christmas campaign, we could well see how the launch of PSVR 2 would not be long in coming, although it is difficult to think that Sony will do so before the end of the same year, with sales available at global level throughout 2021. 

It may not initially be for sale at launch, as we imagine Sony will focus more on making PS5 units to meet the initial high demand for the console from around the world. 

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Does the future of PlayStation include PSVR? We think so, and another part of the leaked email suggests so, stating that “the top management of the marketing team has already started planning campaigns on the new PSVR device. 

Of course, as with any leak, the information must be taken with a grain of salt as the email has not been verified as official.

We were able to see the launch event for the PS5 and there has been no reference to the second generation of virtual reality headsets. However, we will be attentive to any possible information that may emerge between now and the end of the year, when the new console goes on sale.  

How much will PSVR 2 cost?

The first-generation PlayStation VR headset bundle currently costs around € 200 , a price well below the price it featured at launch in 2016 of € 499. 

Technology has evolved and the appearance of a greater supply has caused prices to be readjusted downwards over time. Thus, it is unlikely that despite the PlayStation VR 2 incorporating new features, it will increase its price much more than the current one.

For reference, the high-end HTC Vive Cosmos cost € 699 , although the Oculus Rift S has been updated and you can find them for just € 449.

What we are trying to say is that the price will vary depending on the technology it offers, and for that, we will have to wait until Sony officially reveals its new next generation VR glasses.

PSVR 2: Design Rumors and Features

We’ve put together all the major design and feature rumors in order to give you an (unofficial) look at what the PlayStation VR 2 might offer.

PlayStation VR 2 could be wireless

The biggest update of the second generation PlayStation VR virtual reality glasses is the wireless connectivity, if we stick to what is published by LetsGoDigital

In fact, the patent that was approved on October 3, 2019 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, shows a VR headset with built-in cameras and a “transparent mode”.

According to the patent, the PlayStation VR 2 headset can have three built-in cameras, two on the front and one on the back, along with the motion detection technology present in the headset. 

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The patent also shows a camera built into the new Move controllers, but we’ll talk about this in depth later.

Sony also details Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a built-in power supply, a video / audio jack, and a microphone in the patent, suggesting that the company might be planning to ditch the cables.

The PSVR 2 headphones can also include numerous LED indicators on the back of the headphones to help improve motion tracking, one of the biggest problems with today’s headphones. 

LEDs could be tracked through the PlayStation camera, similar to first-gen headsets, despite the cordless wireless nature that will prevail in the new PSVR 2 glasses. 

Transparency mode is also detailed in the patent, allowing the headphones to display a certain amount of transparency when needed, such as when approaching a real-world object, using the headphones’ forward-facing cameras. 

It’s a feature of most major VR headsets, and it would certainly be a long-awaited novelty to enhance the experience of wearing virtual reality glasses. 

I might be able to track your eyes

Wireless connectivity might not be the only upgrade when it comes to PSVR 2 as they could also add eye tracking. This is contemplated by another patent from July 2019, in which the headset could detect the “posture of the HMD worn on the head” 

In this way, the system would determine the direction of the user’s gaze to refine what each eye sees and improve stereoscopic depth, better known as image parallelism. 

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While uses for the technology, beyond improved image quality, are not mentioned in the patent, they could be used to interact with games simply by looking. It would be a big step for the accessibility of disabled players.

Enhanced displays

PlayStation VR headsets currently have a 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 (386 ppi) screen, which was acceptable in 2016, but not quite as well into 2020.

And it is that consumers of virtual reality glasses demand higher resolution screens to improve the general appearance of the content and make things like reading text in virtual reality more comfortable. The PSVR 2 looks like they won’t disappoint in that regard.

Japan Display, also known as JDI, is owned by Sony and produces the displays not only for PSVR headsets, but also for Sony smartphones. 

The company has developed a next-generation 3.2-inch display with a resolution of 2160 x 2432 and 1001 ppi, which many speculate will be used in second-generation PSVR headphones.

Being smaller than the 5.7-inch screen of the original glasses, Sony may need to use two separate screens to enhance the virtual reality experience. With the power of the PS5, it shouldn’t be a big deal. 

Improved PlayStation Move controllers

As mentioned above, the next-gen PSVR headset will be paired with improved Move controllers. Current Move controllers get the job done, allowing you to interact with virtual environments, but without tracking

In this way, the current edition cannot compete with the experience offered by competitors such as the HTC Vive, Cosmos or Oculus Touch.  

A patent from January 2018 showed us a first look at the new Move controllers; While the overall design is similar, there are new additions that include an analog stick and many buttons to help you interact with the virtual world. 

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In October 2019, LetsGoDigital discovered a PlayStation VR 2 patent that also describes a key new feature of the next-generation Move controllers; a camera. 

The addition of a camera could allow the Move controllers to continue to function even out of sight of the PlayStation camera, something current controllers cannot do at the moment.

Compatible with first generation PSVR games

The company has hinted that the PS5 will be compatible with titles from previous versions of the entire PS4 library, so we hope that it will also be extendable to the PlayStation VR title library.

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