The Playstation VR2 has an official release date, which is great news for Playstation owners and fans of all things virtual. According to Sony’s press release, PS VR2 will be available on February 22, 2023. On the same day, Sony plans to release the PS VR2 Sense charging station, which will allow users to recharge the PS VR2 Sense controllers without connecting to a PS5. Pre-orders begin on November 15th, with registration beginning now.
Sony’s latest PS VR iteration is an attempt to deliver a truly next-generation virtual gaming experience. Sony has made a special commitment to cutting-edge eye tracking, 3D audio, and enhanced haptic feedback via the headset and Sense controllers. The visuals on the headset are set at 2000×2040 per eye, which is a significant improvement over the 960×1080 per eye of the original PS VR headset.
The PS VR 2 has a suggested retail price of $549 from Sony. At that price, you get a headset, headphones, and a single set of Sense controllers. In terms of software, “Horizon: Call of the Mountain,” the follow-up to beloved open-world future fantasies “Horizon: Zero Dawn” and “Horizon: Forbidden West,” will have its own PS VR2 bundle priced at $599. In terms of what else is playable,
New blood and old favorites
PS VR2 has a number of intriguing releases planned for next year (via Playstation Blog). With “Switchback,” a roller-coaster shooter with Western elements alongside the scares, Supermassive will bring its “Dark Pictures” horror anthology to next-generation VR. “Hello Neighbor,” a quirky indie horror series, will also release a new title, “Search and Rescue,” to scare the pants off VR players.
There will also be new VR-first titles in the “Jurassic World” and “Cities: Skylines” franchises. Jeff Goldblum returns as Ian Malcolm in “Jurassic World Aftermath,” alongside voice actress and “Critical Role” legend Laura Bailey. “Cities VR” promises completely redesigned visuals that will allow players to see their cities from the streets up. PS VR2 will also include the most recent installment in the “Crossfire” franchise, a highly competitive squad FPS.
PS VR2 will also have original titles. “Cosmonious High” is a puzzle comedy set in space from the makers of Job Simulator and Vacation Simulator. “The Light Brigade” is a fantasy-horror roguelike first-person shooter. “Tentacular” appears to be physics-puzzle madness in which the player (finally!) transforms into a giant squid, whereas “After the Fall” is a co-op shooter set in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.
On November 15, “Light Brigade,” “Cities VR,” “Cosmonious High,” “Hello Neighbor: Search and Rescue,” and “Zenith: the Last City” will be available for pre-order, and “Horizon: Call of the Mountain” will be available in its branded PS VR2 bundle when it launches in February. The rest will be released in 2023.