PlayStation VR2, the next-gen VR gaming headset by Sony, is all-set to hit the stores. Probably the year’s first big hardware release in the metaverse segment, the PSVR2 is the new hot topic among the gaming communities, across the world.
Be it the leading social media platforms or the gaming community channels on Discord or Twitch, it’s PSVR2 all the way. Gamers can’t wait to experience the next-gen gaming that the device promises to offer.
However, VR headsets are not something new. Earlier, Meta tried to popularize them. But despite pouring billions of money, Mark Zuckerbeg’s metaverse project couldn’t manage to take off. In the past few years, we have seen an array of offerings from the company so far as VR headsets are concerned, which also includes the flagship Meta Quest Pro.
But does the new Sony PSVR2 really manage to get the better of them? Is it the best VR gaming headset till date? Is it at all worth buying? Let’s dive deep inside the story to figure out the answers.
PlayStation VR2: Does it Go Over the Top?
Metaverse and AI, these two areas are believed to be the most happening fields at the moment, with a massive surge in recent times. Though AI has created a sensation lately thanks to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, metaverse remains a very niche domain, till date.
But there’s no stopping for the tech giants to rage the battle for the bragging rights of the metaverse, as reports of Apple entering the race (production of an AR headset is already underway) pops up. With Meta failing to hit the bull’s eye so far, Sony seems to try its luck with the brand-new PlayStation VR2, aimed at its millions of loyalist gamers spread across the world.
The PSVR2, which is slated for a global release tomorrow and comes with a $550 price-tag, seemingly offers a wide range of exciting features. Sony claims that the PlayStation VR2 headset is a “ground-breaking” device, which promises to allow gamers “experience the next generation of virtual reality play with stunning 4K HDR visuals, genre-defining games, and unique sensations.”
It further adds, “innovative PlayStation VR2 Sense technology brings emotion and immersion to life through subtle headset vibrations, 3D audio technology and intelligent eye tracking, combined with finger touch detection, haptic feedback and adaptive triggers from the PS VR2 Sense controller1.”
Let’s have a look at the PSVR2’s major salient features to have a fair understanding about what exactly it brings to the table. Here we go!
PSVR2 Major Highlights
- Deeper Details: Thanks to two 2000×2040 OLED displays, it delivers incredible 4K HDR visuals at up to 120fps1, for 4x the resolution of the original PlayStation VR.
- Intelligent Eye Tracking: This allows you to express yourself to fellow players in new and lifelike ways, by simulating heightened emotional responses from your in-game avatar, giving room to an enhanced sense of realism and personal interactions to co-op games or team chats in multiplayer games.
- Incredibly Sharp Focus: Courtesy of foveated rendering, it brings in-game areas that your eyes focus on into amazing graphical fidelity.
- 110-degree Field of View
- Adjustable Fresnel Lens: Allows you to customize spacing between lenses to match your eye position for an optimal onscreen image.
- All-new 3D Audio Immersion Technology: Now you can even sense a character’s presence as they whisper in your ear, locate friends and enemies by their gunfire or footfall, and surround yourself with incredibly realistic soundscapes, as in-game audio dynamically adapts to your position and head movements with Tempest 3D AudioTech.
- Headset Feedback
- Haptic Feedback
- Adaptive Triggers
- Finger Touch Detection
In a nutshell, the PSVR2 looks better than the Meta ones but as tech critic Brian X Chen aptly concludes, “still has ways to go before becoming a mainstream staple for work and play.”
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