PlayStation VR 2 due in early 2023, Sony says

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Sony’s PlayStation VR 2 gaming headset will be released early next year, apparently bypassing the 2022 shopping season, according to messages the company posted on Instagram and Twitter and on Monday. The posts featured an image of the upcoming headset and the brief message: “Coming Early 2023 #PSVR2”.

Earlier this year, Sony revealed a ton of details about its long-awaited VR headset, which is an update to the PlayStation VR that Sony released for the PlayStation 4 in 2016. The company revealed key details, including specs, design, how some of its software features will work, and even a confirmed game. We now generally know when the headset will debut, but the price remains a mystery.

The PlayStation VR 2 has a color scheme that matches the PS5 and a similar but smaller headband-style visor to Sony’s first PSVR. The headset promises to have unique vibration feedback and controllers with advanced haptics, as well as eye-tracking, 110-degree field of view and foveal rendering, technology that focuses only on where the The eye’s fovea seeks to maximize resolution, getting more graphic punch with fewer pixels.

The headset also includes passthrough cameras that will work like cameras on other VR headsets, showing the real world in your headset. The headset will also “mesh” your physical space, scanning walls, floors, and obstacles like chairs and desks to get a clear sense of the playing space. This can create a boundary in which you can play.

A unique feature is a live streaming mode, which will use the PS5’s TV-mounted camera to record you overlaid with footage of your live gameplay in a single stream.

Sony has also detailed two display modes for the headset: one, for VR, will display at 2,000 x 2,040 pixels per eye in HDR, at 90Hz or 120Hz. much like what the original PSVR can do, plays 2D movies and games at 1920 x 1080 resolution in HDR at 24Hz, 60Hz, or 120Hz.

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