PlayStation VR2 reveal failed to answer a massive question for PS5 gamers
The PlayStation VR2 will launch as a new virtual reality headset that will offer next-gen experiences on the PS5.
Sony officially announced the new project today, having previously confirmed that they were working on new PSVR tech.
The PlayStation VR2 doesn’t have a release date yet, but there’s a good chance it will be hitting shelves between 2022 and 2023.
And while Sony went out of its way to answer some big questions regarding the tech powering the new virtual reality device, they did skip over one important point; Will the PlayStation VR2 feature backwards compatibility?
The first big reveal made by Sony for the PlayStation VR2 and PlayStation VR2 Sense controller includes specs and games to expect, with Sony telling fans:
“PlayStation VR2 takes VR gaming to a whole new level, enabling a greater sense of presence and allowing players to escape into game worlds like never before.
“With the headset on and controllers in hand, players will feel a heightened range of sensations unlike any other – thanks to the creativity of the game worlds being built by our world-class developers, and the latest technology incorporated into the hardware.”
It also came with these feature reveals, including the following options:
Visual Fidelity: For a high-fidelity visual experience, PS VR2 offers 4K HDR, a 110-degree field of view, and foveated rendering. With an OLED display, players can expect a display resolution of 2000×2040 per eye and smooth frame rates of 90/120Hz.
Headset-based Controller Tracking: With inside-out tracking, PS VR2 tracks you and your controller through integrated cameras embedded in the VR headset. Your movements and the direction you look at are reflected in-game without the need for an external camera.
New Sensory Features: PS VR2 Sense Technology combines eye tracking, headset feedback, 3D Audio, and the innovative PS VR2 Sense controller to create an incredibly deep feeling of immersion. Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player. It’s created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience.
Eye Tracking: With eye tracking, PS VR2 detects the motion of your eyes, so a simple look in a specific direction can create an additional input for the game character. This allows players to interact more intuitively in new and lifelike ways, allowing for a heightened emotional response and enhanced expression that provide a new level of realism in gaming.
But at this time, Sony has not shared any news regarding whether PlayStation VR1 games will be backwards compatible on the new device.
News on the subject is expected to be shared before the new device hits shelves, and it could have a huge impact on how many people choose to upgrade.
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