While other companies might make a huge song and dance about something as big as its next piece of hardware, Sony seems to want to play things low-key.
Today, it has revealed the design of the upcoming PSVR2 – its next generation of virtual reality headset – by quietly publishing an update on the PlayStation Blog. While we don’t have an exact release date for the headset yet, it’s certainly drawing closer what with the final design of the headset and its controllers now ours to gaze upon.
It was back in March 2021 that we got to see what PlayStation VR2’s controllers look like. And, frankly, they’re a game-changer for the system. Gone are the ages-old Move controllers, replaced by sleek controllers that envelop your hands, not unlike Oculus Quest’s controllers. And now, we can see what the most important part of the hardware looks like, too: the headset. If you liked the design of the first PSVR, you’re going to be very happy.
Just like its predecessor, Sony has opted for an adjustable headband on the PSVR2, accompanied by an easily adjustable scope. And so, just like PSVR1, a band will sit around your head, while the headset itself will rest comfortably in front of your eyes. We’ve always found PSVR to be one of the most comfortable VR headsets out there, so we’re very glad to see that Sony has kept the design intact.
As you’d expect, new touches will be coming to PSVR2. There’s a lens adjustment dial, allowing users to change the lens distance between their eyes for a more optimal view. It’s also slightly smaller and weighs less, meaning it should be even more comfortable on your noggin for longer periods of time.
Interestingly, there’s also a vent in the headset, allowing air to flow out, which should keep users’ faces cooler in use. Feedback so far for this particular feature has been positive according to SIE’s senior art director, Yujin Morisawa, and so we’re intrigued to try it out ourselves. Playing a VR game for a long period of time can indeed be a rather sweaty experience for the eyes, so if it makes a noticeable difference we’ll be happy.
You can read the full post on the PlayStation Blog. No doubt we’ll have more details on the PSVR2 soon as its launch draws ever closer.