The PlayStation VR2 is poised to take virtual reality mainstream due to improvements like a faster screen refresh rate, easy setup, and a wider field of view for a more immersive experience.
Virtual Reality (VR) has been a hot topic for a while, with the concept being around for decades but only gaining popularity in recent years. While VR has made significant strides in recent times, there are still limitations to its adoption in mainstream society. However, the launch of the PlayStation VR2 could be the missing piece that helps take virtual reality mainstream.
The first generation of VR headsets, like the original PlayStation VR, were impressive but had their limits. One big problem was the quality of the pictures, which made some people feel sick. Also, the hardware needed to run VR was expensive and often required powerful PCs that not everyone could afford. These limitations meant that VR wasn’t as accessible as developers would have liked.
The PlayStation VR2, which comes out this week, will be a game-changer for VR’s adoption in mainstream society. The device has an impressive feature set, including a higher resolution OLED display and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which should eliminate motion sickness that some users experienced with previous models.
The new device also has a wider field of view, which will help users feel more immersed in the virtual world. The headset’s inside-out tracking system means that there is no longer a need for external cameras, making the device much more user-friendly. This also means that the device will be much more accessible for casual gamers, who may not have the technical expertise to set up the original PlayStation VR. In their review of the Virtual Reality Insider reported that the PlayStation VR2 is “easier to connect, with sharper graphics, eye-tracking, and superb new controllers.”
Another advantage of the PlayStation VR2 is its superior software support compared to earlier models. Sony has a vast library of popular games, and with the release of the VR2, we can expect many of these games to be released with VR support. According to a recent review in NPR, Only Horizon Call of the Mountain, one of the launch games, is a wholly original PS VR2 experience. Resident Evil Village and Grand Turismo 7 from the PS5 are getting VR improvements, but all the other games are ports from previous generations.
In terms of pricing, it will vary by country and region. Here in the United States, you can expect to pay approximately $549.99 for the PlayStation VR2, but if you want more bang for your buck, you can purchase the bundle, which includes Horizon: Call of the Mountain, for $599.99. It can be ordered on the website here.
The PlayStation VR2 is an impressive device that could be the missing link in bringing virtual reality to the mainstream. It is an easy-to-use, high-quality VR headset made for the PlayStation 5 that has a higher resolution, a wider field of view, and a tracking system that is easy to use. With the support of Sony’s first-party games and competitive pricing, we can expect the PlayStation VR2 to be a significant player in the VR market.