Next-gen Sony PSVR 2 will reportedly aim to launch for the 2022 holiday
Sony next-gen virtual reality headset PSVR 2 will reportedly launch in “next year’s holiday period” and sport an OLED panel instead of an LCD like some competitors.
That’s according to a Bloomberg report quoting an unnamed source “with information on the matter,” which indicates that the PSVR 2 will be Sony’s major release for the holiday season 2022. But you’ll need a PS5 to play it, and the current PS5 restore situation means Sony’s latest console is hard to find.
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The PSVR 2 was announced earlier this year, and while Sony was not yet forthcoming about the launch window, many assumed it would arrive at some point in 2022. The Bloomberg report, if accurate, narrows that release window to the end of the year. . The Christmas rush will seem an imperative for VR headsets to buy before they sell out, especially if global chip shortages continue.
Bloomberg also notes that Sony plans to use Samsung’s OLED panels for the PSVR 2 — although again, we only have unnamed sources to back this up. Competing headsets like the Oculus Quest 2 and HTC Vive Pro 2 have already switched to LCD panels, but it appears PlayStation is sticking with OLED.
While the advantages of OLED include faster response times and better contrast, this report indicates that other manufacturers are increasingly using LCD technology because it is easier to achieve higher resolutions without a significant increase in cost. This may suggest that the PSVR 2 will find itself at the higher end of the VR market in terms of price.
We haven’t yet seen what the PSVR 2 headset will actually look like, but we do know it’ll only require a cable to connect to the PS5, which is a relief after the wire spaghetti that comes with the original PSVR. Originates from multiple cables.
A recent spec leak suggests that it will be a more sophisticated piece of kit than its predecessor, and it could use some smart tech tricks such as Fawcett rendering. This will reduce the resolution of anything the user is not directly viewing, thus reducing the rendering workload for the hardware but without breaking the immersive effect.
Sony has previously unveiled the controllers the PSVR 2 will use. These look like a significant upgrade from the PlayStation Move wand and will include many of the features of the PS5 DualSense controller, including haptic feedback and adaptive triggering.
While there’s still a lot we don’t know about the PSVR 2, one thing we can say for sure is that it will require a PS5 to use. Of course, actually getting hold of Sony’s next-gen gaming console is easier said than done in recent months. If you’re still into one, bookmark our PS5 Restock Hub for the latest stock info as we get it.
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