Sony’s PlayStation VR2, the next-gen virtual reality headset, is set to launch on February 22, 2023, with a price tag higher than a PS5. The company has confirmed the pre-order dates and unveiled the charging station for the new PS VR2 Sense controller, both set to release on the same day. In this article, we will take a look at the price, availability, and editions of PlayStation VR2, as well as the new games and features of the headset.
Price, Availability, and Editions
Pre-orders for the PlayStation VR2 will go live on November 15, with the launch happening in two main editions: PlayStation VR2 and PlayStation VR2 Horizon Call of the Mountain Bundle. The standard headset will cost $549.99, while the theme bundle will be priced at $599.99. In the initial launch phase, the pre-orders will be exclusive to the online storefront at direct.playstation.com in countries such as the US, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg. However, interested parties must register for the November 15 pre-order, which is currently live on the official website. In other markets, the headset will only be available through participating retailers, with pre-orders starting on the same day.
The standard PlayStation VR2 package includes the PS VR2 headset, PS VR2 Sense controllers, and stereo headphones, while the PlayStation VR2 Horizon Call of the Mountain bundle also includes a voucher code for the Horizon VR game, revealed at CES 2022. The latter also features a different box design and a digital code for the game Horizon Call of the Mountain.
In addition to the headset, Sony has also announced the release of the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller charging dock, priced at $49.99, allowing players to charge their controllers with a simple “click-in” design.
Sony has confirmed 20 big games for the PS VR2 launch, including Resident Evil Village, No Man’s Sky, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, and Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge – Enhanced Edition. The company has also added 11 more titles, including The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR, Cities VR – Enhanced Edition, Crossfire: Sierra Squad, and The Light Brigade, among others.
The PS VR2 promises a 4,000 x 2,040 OLED panel resolution with a refresh rate of 90Hz or 120Hz, allowing for smooth navigation while gaming. The headset also has a field of view (FOV) of 110 degrees and a 1080p movie mode, which streams the PS5 UI and all non-VR games to a virtual screen.
One of the new features of the headset is the see-through switch, allowing users to see their surroundings without having to remove the headset, thanks to the built-in front cameras on the visor. The broadcast mode allows players to stream their gameplay on platforms such as Twitch or YouTube while connected to the PlayStation 5 HD camera.
The four integrated cameras on the headset track hand and controller movements, detecting any tilting or shifting of the head and reflecting it in-game. The sensory function adds an intelligent tactile element that mimics senses from within the game, relying on a motor vibration. For example, once your character stops sprinting, the PS VR2 headset’s motor will start beating to resemble an elevated heart rate.
The new PS VR2 controllers feature a significant design change, with a rounded, spherical structure and haptic feedback, similar to the Oculus Quest 2 controllers.
The PlayStation VR2 offers exciting new games and features,