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I’m returning my Playstation VR 2 – here’s why

It was February 23rd, 2023. Excited as a child on Christmas Eve, I got up extra early because an important shipment was on its way to me: the Playstation VR 2. Yes, I had booked a first-class ticket on the hype train.

When my trusted UPS driver pulled up at nine in the morning, I stormed downstairs, opened the front door and accepted a soft envelope. Odd packaging for a VR headset, I thought. I looked at the driver expectantly, but nothing came.

Instead of a brand new PSVR 2, he handed me a pair of yoga pants. My wife was thrilled, and I went back to the office disappointed. Delivery delay. My PSVR 2 was stuck at the customs broker, I found out shortly afterwards. It finally showed up a few days later, and I jumped at the package.

There’s still something magical about unpacking and smelling new hardware for me. But after a good three-quarters of an hour with the VR headset on my head, the magic was gone. Today my PSVR 2 is at the returns center. It did not survive the 30-day return period.

The (almost) perfect VR headset

The VR headset is mostly praised by the critics. In his review of the PSVR 2 on MIXED, Ben speaks of the almost perfect gaming VR headset. However, he is one of the few to emphasize an important criterion for the success of a VR headset: wearing comfort.

The perfection of the PSVR 2 is marred by a major problem that depends on the shape of the user’s head, Ben writes. I have this problem.

Tomislav explains in a recent comment why he’s still not a fan of the halo straps used on the PSVR 2. The ring-shaped mount is supposed to distribute the weight of the VR headset evenly on the head and reduce the pressure of the visor on the face. However, the rigid plastic housing is not suitable for all head shapes.

The PSVR 2’s design is a disaster

For me, the halo strap presses so hard on my temples, the back of my head, and my forehead that I have to take the VR headset off after half an hour of playing, exhausted. The pressure causes pain and even nausea. It takes me almost half an hour to recover after each session. The plastic on the temples offers almost no cushioning. Probably so as not to weaken the rumble effect on the forehead. I wonder if it was worth it.

In addition, I have to move the visor so close to my face for optimal vision that the sharp-edged lens frame constantly presses against the bridge of my nose. Since the included in-ear headphones won’t hold, I use Sony’s 3D Pulse headset.

But the original PS5 accessory won’t fit on my ear cups because the halo strap gets in the way. So I have to push the PSVR 2 further up, which makes it increasingly uncomfortable to wear. Who designs something like this?

My review of What the Bat, which offers little more than three hours of gameplay, became an ordeal for me and took up an entire workday. Swordsman VR and No Man’s Sky VR – unplayable. I couldn’t enjoy the extensive Horizon Call of the Mountain at all.

PSVR 2: An ordeal for me, a VR hit for others

Despite all the inconveniences, my brief liaison with the PSVR 2 made me realize one thing: Ben is right – the VR headset has huge potential for great VR gaming experiences. With the power of the PS5 behind them, developers can create beautiful VR worlds.

The built-in eye tracking allows for new game mechanics – see Before Your Eyes or Switchback VR – and Sony has some very compelling in-house brands. Imagine meeting Kratos or Joel and Ellie in virtual reality.

But after almost a month with PSVR 2, I’m disillusioned and disappointed that Sony is releasing a device that excludes people based on their anatomy. It’s a shame because Sony’s design has always been at the forefront of accessibility.

I sincerely hope that a revised model will be released, similar to the previous model, which fit me perfectly. This time with a much more comfortable halo strip, or even better, modular and customizable, as is the case with Meta Quest 2, for example.

In any case, I would get up again at five in the morning and lie in wait for the UPS driver at the kitchen window – and don’t you dare let him hand me just one piece of clothing again.

All information about Sony’s VR headset can be found in our Playstation VR 2 review. You will also need a Playstation 5.

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Playstation VR 2 Hands-on: 8 pros, 3 cons a question

It’s 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Neu-Isenburg, Sony’s German headquarters. I shake hands with PR boss Jochen Färber, looking forward to trying out the Playstation VR 2 for the first time. He looks at me, raises his eyebrows, and says, “But your appointment isn’t until tomorrow?”

We quickly uncover the culprit in this confusion (spoiler: I did it!). But Färber and his team are lenient. The daily schedule is changed, the meeting with the boss is canceled, and the demo is prepared in no time at all.

I am as grateful as I am saved. I’m about to try out the successor to the PSVR. However, my expectations are subdued. Yes, the data looks good, yes, everything is better than with the PSVR, yes, the previous reports of all people who were on before me also read well. Nevertheless, I somehow didn’t really want to get excited about it yet.

I’ll have a look for myself first.

Disclaimer: Everything written here is a first impression based on about 30 minutes of playtime with a single VR game (demo of Horizon Call of the Mountain) and needs to be verified in a detailed test.

Playstation VR 2 spec sheet

There’s no spec prelude, just the link to the PSVR 2 info article and spec sheet. You guys want to know what it’s really like, not the same numbers you’ve already seen, right?

Reasons FOR Playstation VR 2

The reviews I’ve read or heard about PSVR 2 so far are positive, to be sure, but are missing something – excitement. Are we too jaded or critical to recognize a great new platform when we have it on our heads?

I’m stunned by my hands-on play session. Playstation VR 2 will be the platform for VR gaming for months and years to come, according to my hands-on impression (remember, tests have yet to confirm this!).

It could even wholly replace PC VR for me. In the future, I will play high-quality, graphically impressive VR games quickly and easily in my living room. I don’t see a VR platform of equal quality and accessibility in the near future. PC VR is far too fiddly, and standalone VR can’t come close to keeping up graphically.

Do you want reasons? Here they are.

Accessibility is fantastic.

Put on PSVR 2, select the game, and off you go. There’s no faster or easier way to immerse myself in VR games that also look great, thanks to the power of the Playstation 5.

Even the initial setup is simple: scan the room, post-process the gaming surface, calibrate the eyes for gaze detection – done. That’s how it should be.

It’s as comfortable as a plush helmet.

Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. The forehead rest of the Halo head mount does give me a “VR face” with the typical pressure points. But there is no unpleasant pressure feeling during use.

The Playstation VR 2 retains the PSVR’s comfortable Halo head mount. | Image: Sony

The comfortable Halo head mount comes from the PSVR, where the Visor rests on the face but isn’t pressed. This way, I can (probably) play in VR for hours. The headset fits loosely underneath with room for glasses, or I can simply get prescription inserts.

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Are these still fresnel lenses, or what?

The lenses are improved because I don’t even notice they’re Fresnel lenses when I’m wearing them. It’s only today, as I’m typing this article, that I notice and wonder, did the lenses actually have grooves?

Yes, the lenses of the PSVR 2 have comparatively fine grooves. Nevertheless, I do not notice any god-rays or glare effects. The general picture impression is also sharp and clear.

This could be due to the fact that I hardly have time to look for high-contrast situations to make a comparison. Horizon Call of the Mountain is so colorful and looks so good with the PSVR 2 – why are we actually talking about lenses when they’re not even noticeable?

Finally, real VR controllers for Playstation.

I don’t miss the PSVR’s light-up dildos for a millisecond. The new Sense controllers fit perfectly in my hands, and I quickly get used to the arrangement of the classic Playstation buttons. The only drawback is that the tracking rings cause collisions with the headset when I arc in Horizon.

So expect to punch yourself in the face computer sometimes.

Tracking is now modern and mostly very good.

With inside-out tracking, the unspeakable tracking lights are finally a thing of the past. The new tracking works flawlessly most of the time, similar to what I’m used to with standalone VR headsets like Quest 2 or Vive Focus 3.

However, I do experience moments when the Sense controllers lose tracking briefly, such as when I move a controller very close in front of or next to the VR headset. That wasn’t the rule, though – when reaching for an arrow over my shoulder in Horizon, everything works just fine.

Compared to the Move controllers, the new Sense controllers are a significant improvement. Extended tests will be needed to show whether the tracking behaves differently depending on the lighting conditions.

What amazing images!

Do you think Half-Life: Alyx is Best? Is Kayak VR the most beautiful? Horizon eats you for breakfast!

Seriously, the VR game looks incredible! Rich colors, realistic and cleanly animated NPCs, powerful and detailed robots, amazing water, and that wide view!

Horizon Call of the Mountain looks truly magnificent on the PSVR 2. | Image: Sony

Why should I buy a 2,000 PC with all the software fiddling and space problems when I can get a competitive (maybe better, thanks to foveated rendering?), much more space-saving and accessible device for half that?

It has haptics galore.

The thin accordion face mask gently hugs the face to block out light, but it doesn’t vibrate. Instead, the vibration motor is located in the forehead rest of the halo strap. Also, the Sense controllers come with the improved DualSense technology that you may already know from the PS5 controller. The Sense controllers feature adaptive triggers and a finer vibration feel.

The vibration on the forehead takes a bit of getting used to if they happen unexpectedly. With context and gently embedded in the action, as they would be in a good game, it’s a blast. I don’t notice until afterward that the vibrations in Horizon aren’t “shoved in my face” but are used purposefully to create a higher level of immersion. For example, during explosions, I think I can feel the shock wave on my head due to the slight vibration.

Aiming at menus with your eyes? Check.

After calibrating eye-tracking, I can control selections in the menus of the PSVR 2 and in the game menu of Horizon Call of the Mountain my gaze. Look and press X – that’s the new operating process. Efficient and fast.

I did have a few problems with the upper eye-tracking area, though, perhaps due to hasty calibration. Otherwise, this type of menu navigation works quite wonderfully.

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reasons AGAINST Playstation VR 2

Headphones are necessary.

The headset doesn’t include speakers, and therefore, you can’t hear audio without headphones. For many gamers, this is an automatic decision regardless of the headset, so this detail might not matter.

On the other hand, headphones compartmentalize (this can be intentional and useful, but it doesn’t have to be), increasing the effort required to immerse yourself in a VR game. The improved sound you get with headphones doesn’t quite outweigh these drawbacks, in my opinion.

At least there are in-ear headphones that can be attached to the back of the Halo Strap so that the additional “setup time” is somewhat minimized.

There’s still a cable.

I didn’t notice the cable during my play session. I don’t necessarily have to physically turn around and wrap the cable around my feet while playing since turning is also possible via the analog joysticks. Besides, it’s just a thin USB-C cable that plugs directly into the front of the PS5.

But still, if only on principle, it needs a cable, which is an intrinsic flaw. I also understand that wireless solutions are not yet ready to be put into operation quickly and easily. Sony didn’t want to cause configuration stress, and the FOCUS was on guaranteeing consistently high quality.

I remain stubborn: it’s a damn cable.

The price is good but not cheap.

While it’s true that the combined cost of a PS5 and a PSVR 2 is quite a bit cheaper, at about 1,050, than the total cost of a PC plus VR headset, 550 for an accessory is a notable expense. For many people, this could a purchase that they’ll want immediately but will need to save up for.

Quality and performance are – as it looks at the moment – obviously worth it. But will the Playstation VR 2 be used often enough to make the investment worthwhile? That depends on the amount of VR games available and their quality. The launch lineup of the PSVR 2 does not completely convince die-hard VR enthusiasts.

This brings us to the big unknown that could theoretically spoil everything.

Will there be enough high-quality VR games on a regular basis, Sony?

THAT’S the big question. The hardware base seems better than ever after my brief trial, indeed better overall than anything else on the market.

But VR headsets will only be used if they have high-quality, engaging applications. As we saw with PSVR, even with five million units sold, a VR headset can quickly fade into irrelevance if no good VR games follow. The same is true for PC VR. After the peak with Half-Life: Alyx, almost nothing with equal impact arrived. The SteamVR statistics show that PC VR is losing, and that is primarily due to a lack of content.

So the future of Playstation VR 2 will depend on how often Sony and other developer studios launch exciting, high-quality VR titles. Sony will have to keep investing if the PSVR 2 is to be a success. If gamers have to rely on indie games and ports of old VR games, this opportunity could fall short.

If, however, AAA games are regularly released with VR modes or even as full-fledged VR games, then the user base will grow, matching the frequency with which these games are released. With nurturing, it will grow faster than with the PSVR, because the Playstation VR 2 is a top-quality VR headset that can be enjoyed for several years.

If, and only if, Sony shows staying power and strategic consistency with the software.

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Playstation VR2: The ultimate FAQ

Everything you want to know about PS VR2, all in one place.

Welcome! We’ve had plenty to share already about Playstation VR2 since its initial announcement. We’ve had the first look at the innovative PS VR2 Sense controller, early details on the system specs and the design inspirations behind the headset and recently the launch window lineup. Today. We’d like to share an exhaustive list of in-depth details on the hardware, its games and more.

If you have any question about PS VR2, you should expect to find it answered here in this ultimate guide. And if it doesn’t have what you’re looking for, leave us a note in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев below. We’ll do our best to update this guide before, during and after launch.

But for now – please enjoy.

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What is Playstation VR2’s release date and its retail price?

Playstation VR2 will be available globally on February 22, 2023 starting at the following prices:

  • 549.99 / €599.99 / £529.99 / ¥74,980 recommended retail price (including tax for GBP, EUR, and JPY). Actual retailer may vary.

Availability in each country/region is subject to local import regulations.

What’s included in the PS VR2 box?

Playstation VR2 will be available in two options at launch.

  • Includes PS VR2 headset, PS VR2 Sense controller, stereo headphones with additional earpieces, USB cable

Playstation VR2 Horizon Call of the Mountain Bundle

  • Includes Playstation Store voucher code for Horizon Call of the Mountain, PS VR2 headset, PS VR2 Sense controller, stereo headphones with additional earpieces, USB cable.

How does PS VR2 enhance gameplay?

PS VR2 is a quantum leap for VR experiences, and allows you to interact in new and immersive ways powered by the PS5 console. With Playstation VR2 Sense Technology, it combines Playstation VR2 Sense controllers, Playstation VR2 headset feedback, 3D Audio, and eye tracking to bring emotion and immersion to life.

In a huge boost to visual clarity, the PS VR2 headset features an internal HDR OLED display that supports 2000 x 2040 pixels per eye, along with a wider field of view to create a more seamless VR gameplay experience.

PS VR2 also features headset feedback with subtle haptic effects that add a tactile element to the sensory experience. Examples could include feeling your character’s heartbeat, the rush of objects passing close to your head, and more. Eye-tracking cameras follow your line of sight when aiming or looking around, with PS VR2 delivering a high-fidelity visual experience by adjusting resolutions to pinpoint and enhance whatever you’re focusing on (this is known as foveated rendering). The PS5 console’s advanced 3D audio features allow developers to create an incredibly realistic soundscape, too.

The included PS VR2 Sense controller also brings significant enhancements to the VR experience, including much more precise hand motion tracking than PS VR, finger touch detection, as well as haptic feedback and adaptive trigger effects similar to the DualSense wireless controller for the PS5 console.

And PS VR2’s setup is easy: One USB Type-C cord plugs directly into the PS5 console. “Inside out” cameras embedded into the headset track the movements of your head, making a simple, intuitive playing experience without the need for external cameras or other sensors.

Will PS VR2 work with the PlayStation 4 console?

PS VR2 is designed for the PS5 console, and will not work with the PlayStation 4 console.

What are the differences between PS VR2 and the first generation PS VR?

Playstation VR Playstation VR2
Display method​ OLED OLED
Panel resolution​ 960×1080 per eye 2000 x 2040 per eye
Panel refresh rate​ 90Hz, 120Hz 90Hz, 120Hz
Lens separation​ N/A Adjustable
Field of View​ Approx. 100 degrees Approx. 110 degrees
Sensors​ Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)​Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)​Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor
Cameras​ Playstation Camera (external, for PlayStation 4, or compatible with PS5 via PS5 camera adaptor) 4 embedded cameras for headset and controller tracking​IR camera for eye tracking per eye
Feedback​ N/A Vibration on headset
Communication​ with console Processor unit: HDMI TV, HDMI PlayStation 4, USB, HDMI, AUX USB Type-C /td>
Audio​ Input Built-in microphone Built-in microphone
Audio Output Stereo headphone jack Stereo headphone jack
Weight Approx. 600g (21.16 oz) (excluding cables) Approx. 560g (19.8 oz) (excluding cables)
External Dimensions Approx. 187 × 185 × 277 mm (7.4 x 7.2 x 10.9 in) (width × height × length) excludes largest projection, headband at the shortest Approx. 212 × 158 × 278 mm (8.3 × 6.2 × 10.9 in) (width × height × length) excludes largest projection, headband at the shortest

What are the different viewing modes on PS VR2?

There are two viewing modes.

VR Mode: You can enjoy VR game content in a 360 degree view in a virtual environment. Content will be displayed in 4000 x 2040 HDR video format (2000 x 2040 per eye) with 90Hz/120Hz frame rate.

Cinematic Mode: You can view the PS5 system and UI and all non-VR game and media content, such as streaming apps, on a virtual cinema screen. Content in Cinematic Mode will be displayed in 1920×1080 HDR video format with 24/60Hz and also 120Hz frame rate. The audio and image will be only displayed on the VR headset and there is no output on the TV side when you are wearing VR headset and playing in Cinematic mode.

Does PS VR2 support HDR?

Yes, the PS VR2 headset will display supported content in HDR, both VR Mode and Cinematic Mode.

How do I connect the PS VR2 to my PS5?

It’s easy: just use the USB Type-C cable that is included for the PS VR2 headset to directly connect to your PS5 console.

How long is this included USB Type-C cable for the PS VR2 headset?

The included cable is approximately 4.5m (14.7 ft) long.

What is the minimum play space I need to use PS VR2?

There are three different VR Play Styles depending on the game content. Please check the compatibility notice for each title to ensure you have enough play space.

A minimum play area of 2m × 2m (6 ft 7 in × 6 ft 7 in) in the room is required.

Requires a minimum play area of 1m × 1m (3 ft 4 in × 3 ft 4 in). Make sure you have enough space to move your arms freely.

Requires a minimum play area of 1m × 1m (3 ft 4 in × 3 ft 4 in). Make sure you have enough space to move your arms freely.

Can I customize this play area?

The play area for PS VR2 can be customized by using the PS VR2 Sense controller and the cameras that are embedded in the PS VR2 headset. The cameras will allow you to scan the room, while the PS VR2 Sense controller allows you to expand and further customize the play area to fit your play style and room environment.

While playing, if you get close to the boundary you have set up, you will receive a warning that you are closely approaching the play area boundary. You can modify your settings at any time while PS VR2 is connected. Once you set up your play area, the settings will be saved unless you move into a different play area. You can use See-Through View to aid you at any time.

What is See-Through View?

With PS VR2, you can see your surroundings while wearing the headset with the new See-Through View feature. It comes in handy when you want to easily check where the PS VR2 Sense controller is in your room without taking the headset off.

Thanks to the embedded cameras on PS VR2, you can press the function button on the headset, or use the Playstation VR2 Quick Settings in the Control Center, to switch between viewing your surroundings, or viewing the content on PS VR2. The Card in the Control Center also gives quick access to other PS VR2 settings, such as adjusting the play area.

The See-Through View is for viewing only, so there’s no recording option.

Does my room have to be dark for PS VR2 to work?

No, this is not necessary. For the best experience, we recommend playing PS VR2 in a well-lit room.

When I’m using PS VR2, will other people in the room be able to experience what I’m seeing?

Yes. Similar to PS VR, PS VR2 will also have Social Screen experience that allows others to see what you’re experiencing on the TV screen. Content is displayed in a 2D format. Please note this feature is only available when playing games in VR Mode.

Do I need a separate camera to use PS VR2?

No. With inside-out tracking, PS VR2 tracks you and your controller through integrated cameras embedded into the PS VR2 headset. Your movements and the direction you look at are reflected in-game without the need for an external camera.

Can I use the PS5 HD Camera with PS VR2?

While there is no need to use an external camera to experience PS VR2 since it has four embedded cameras on the headset, the PS5 HD camera can be used with PS VR2 if you want to film yourself while playing using PS VR2’s broadcast feature.

How do I switch between playing PS VR2 games, and PS5 games on my TV?

You will be able to access the Control Center during your play session to easily switch between PS VR2 and PS5 content.

Will PS VR2 receive system updates?

System updates for PS VR2 will be available through the PS5 console and players will be required to update to the latest version available.

How can I pre-order PS VR2?

In the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, players can pre-order PS VR2 from Playstation’s online store at direct.Playstation.com.

In other markets, PS VR2 will be sold at participating retailers.

What tips do you have to clean and maintain PS VR2?

For the PS VR2 headset and PS VR2 Sense controller surfaces, connectors, and ports, wipe clean with a soft dry cloth. Do not use thinners, benzine or alcohol. For lenses, wipe only with a soft, dry cloth made specifically for lens cleaning. Do not use paper towels or tissues that are not intended for lenses.

The lightshield can be removed from the PS VR2 headset and cleaned using water. Wipe the water off with a soft, dry cloth. Before using, air dry the light shield well in a place with good ventilation, before reattaching it back to the PS VR2 headset.

The integrated vents in the headset can be cleaned using a handheld vacuum cleaner to remove any dust buildup.

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The Headset

What is the video output in the headset?

The PS VR2 headset offers 4K HDR. The headset’s OLED display supports up to 2000×2040 per eye and refresh rates of 90/120Hz.

Can the headset be adjusted for different head sizes?

Yes, similar to the first-generation PS VR headset, PS VR2 has an adjustable scope, a headband release button that can stretch or tighten the width of the Band, and a headband adjustment dial to further tighten the Band and fix the positioning.

Can further adjustments be made in the viewfinder/scope area?

Yes, PS VR2 has a new lens adjustment dial, so you have an additional option to match the lens distance between your eyes to optimize your view.

Can I wear my glasses inside of the headset?

Yes, PS VR2 was designed to accommodate players who wear glasses. However, some very wide or unusually shaped glasses may not fit.

How is PS VR2 headset design an improvement over PS VR?

We received a lot of positive feedback on PS VR’s comfort, so we kept some of the same ergonomic features players will be familiar with, such as the simple headband that can be adjusted to fit the wearer’s head, and careful weight distribution in the headset so it feels light and comfortable.

We also created a slimmer design with an overall weight reduction – even with the new added features such as the built-in motor for the headset feedback. For PS VR2, we took comfort a few steps further by adding new features, such as the adjustable lens dial and new integrated exhaust vent to help minimize lenses fogging up while players are immersed in a VR game.

What additional sensory features are added compared to the first PS VR headset?

The headset feedback allows game designers to apply sensory feedback to the player’s head, increasing the feeling of immersion.

The PS VR2 headset can also detect the motion of your eyes using eye tracking, which has many possibilities for game design. Though game applications vary, some games allow you to look at an item to select it. This allows you 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.

Does the headset have Playstation symbols embedded in it?

Yes, similar to the thousands of tiny Playstation symbols we added to the surfaces of the PS5 console and DualSense controller, we also included tiny Playstation symbols to the front and back bands of the PS VR2 headset. This adds a texture for a tactile feel for you to enjoy.

Does the headset have in-built mic, controls, and buttons?

The headset features a built-in microphone, a power button, and a function button that can switch to See Through View or mute/unmute the microphone.

Does the headset have a stereo headphone jack?

Yes. It’s the same placement as the original PS VR headset.

How long can I wear the PS VR2 headset for?

Taking inspiration from PS VR, PS VR2 is designed for comfort and can be worn for extended periods of time. Players’ responses to VR gameplay can differ, but generally, the vast majority of gamers should be able to enjoy playing on PS VR2. We recommend taking frequent breaks, and if you experience any discomfort, discontinue playing.

The PS VR2 headset is not for use by children under age 12.

Can I move around while wearing PS VR2?

Limited movement is okay when playing content that uses the “Roomscale” VR Play Style, if you stay within the play area while using PS VR2. You’ll get a warning if you move close to the boundary area that you’ve set up in your customized play area.

Can I use a wireless headset with the PS VR2 headset?

Headphones that are compatible with PS5 or with a 3.5mm jack will be compatible with PS VR2. Depending on the design and how you wear them, your headphones may not fit around the PS VR2 headband. Be sure to check for a proper fit.

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Playstation VR2 Sense Controller

What are the PS VR2 Sense controller features and buttons?

Playstation VR2 Sense Controller specs
Buttons​ [Right]​PS button, Options button, Action buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 button, R2 button, Right Stick / R3 button​[Left]​PS button, Create button, Action buttons (Triangle / Square), L1 button, L2 button, Left Stick / L3 button
Sensing/ Tracking Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope three-axis accelerometer)Capacitive Sensor: Finger Touch DetectionIR LED: Position Tracking
Feedback ​ Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Haptic Feedback (by single actuator per unit)
Port USB Type-C Port
Communication​ Bluetooth Ver 5.1​
Battery Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery​
Weight Approx. 168 g (5.93 oz) per controller
External Dimensions 137mm x 135mm x 107mm (5.4 x 5.3 x 4.2 inches) (width x height x depth) per controller

The new PS VR2 Sense controller enables players to feel and interact with games in a much more visceral way. There are several features, including key features from PS5’s DualSense controller, which match SIE’s vision for what the next-generation of VR games can be.

  • Adaptive Triggers: Each PS VR2 Sense controller (Left and Right) includes an adaptive trigger button that adds palpable tension when pressed, similar to what’s found in the DualSense wireless controller. For instance, when playing Horizon Call of the Mountain, you’ll feel the tension when drawing your bow.
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  • Haptic Feedback: Optimized for its form factor, the PS VR2 Sense controller’s haptic feedback makes every sensation in the game world more impactful, textured, and nuanced. When you’re traversing through rocky desert or trading blows in melee combat, you’ll feel the difference, magnifying the extraordinary visual and audio experience that’s so central to VR.
  • Finger Touch Detection: The PS VR2 Sense controller can detect the approximate location of your fingers, enabling you to make more natural gestures with your hands during gameplay.
  • Tracking: The PS VR2 Sense controller is tracked by the PS VR2 headset through a tracking ring across the bottom of the controller.
  • Action Buttons / Analog Sticks: The Left controller contains one analog stick, the Triangle and Square buttons, a “grip” button (L1), trigger button (L2) and Create button. The Right controller contains one analog stick, the Cross and Circle buttons, a “grip” button (R1), trigger button (R2) and Options button. The “grip” button can be used to pick up in-game objects, as one example.

Can I use the PS Move controller with PS VR2? Or the PS VR Aim controller?

No, only the included PS VR2 Sense controller and the DualSense controller or DualSense Edge controller for PS5 are compatible with PS VR2. There will be a compatibility notice for each title, so players can check which controllers are compatible with a specific game.

How do I turn the PS VR2 Sense controller on and off?

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You can turn on the PS VR2 Sense controller by pressing the PS button on the controller. To turn it off, go to Control Center [Accessories] [PS VR2 Sense Controller].

How do I sync the PS VR2 Sense controller with my PS5 or PS VR2 headset?

You can pair your PS VR2 Sense controller using the included USB cable.

  • Connect Right PS VR2 Sense controller to the PS5 via the included USB cable
  • Press PS Button on the Right PS VR2 Sense controller
  • Repeat the same steps for the Left PS VR2 Sense controller

How will I know how much charge I have on each PS VR2 Sense controller?

When you turn on the PS VR2 Sense controller, you can check the battery’s power level on the screen, similar to how the battery indicator is displayed for the DualSense wireless controller.

How do I recharge The PS VR2 Sense controller?

The PS VR2 Sense controller can be charged using the USB cable that’s included with the PS VR2 headset.

You can also use the PS VR2 Sense controller charging station, which is sold separately.

With the PS VR2 Sense Controller charging station, you can charge the PS VR2 Sense controller through a simple click-in design, without having to connect to a PS5 console – freeing up the console’s USB ports.

Can I use the PS VR2 Sense controller without the PS VR2 headset?

Yes, the PS VR2 Sense controller will work with the PS5 console without the use of a PS VR2 headset. PS VR2 Sense controller can be used in the PS5 user interface and Media application. You cannot use the PS VR2 Sense controller for non-PS VR2 supported games.

Are there accessibility options so I can use a single PS VR2 Sense controller, or customize the controls to use only one controller?

Both of the Left and Right PS VR2 Sense controllers need to be powered on. While button remapping is supported, and whether both the Left and Right PS VR2 Sense controllers are required will vary from game to game, both controllers are recommended for most gameplay.

Will the PS VR2 Sense controller be sold separately?

PS VR2 Sense controller is not sold separately at this time.

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PS VR2 Games

How many games will be available at launch for PS VR2?

than 30 games will be available for the launch window including all-new titles and upgraded versions of preexisting PS VR titles. Please see the full list here.

How many games are in development for PS VR 2?

There are currently more than 100 titles in development for PS VR2.

How will I know which games are PS VR2 compatible?

There will be prominent branding elements that will indicate whether PS VR2 will be supported for a specific title.

Can I play PS VR games on PS VR2?

PS VR2 is designed to deliver a truly next-generation VR experience, with advanced features such as haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, inside-out tracking, eye tracking and more. Due to this new approach to playing games in PS VR2, PS VR games are not compatible with PS VR2.

Will PS VR games receive PS VR2 updates/upgrades, and if so is there a cost?

Some games may be available for cross buy or upgrades on a title-by-title basis. The offering and any associated costs are based on the developer’s preference.

Will there be cross-gen PS VR games that work both on PS VR and PS VR2?

Some VR games will be available as a cross-gen product. The PlayStation 4 version of the game will be available for PS VR, and PS5 version of the game will be available for PS VR2.

Will PS VR2 games feature Activity Cards?

Yes, similar to games on the PS5 console, Activity Cards can be supported for PS VR2 games depending on the title.

Will PS VR2 games be digital only or will there be physical disc releases?

PS VR2 games will be available in a digital format. Physical disc releases for select titles will also be available.

Can I play PS VR2 games without the headset?

PS VR2 games are designed for PS VR2 and will require a headset. It will be noted for the title that PS VR2 is required. There are also titles for the PS5 console that may include a VR mode within the console version of the game, and will be noted that it is PS VR2 compatible. To experience VR mode, a headset is required.

Broadcasting Capture

Can I capture screenshots or gameplay capture of my PS VR2 game sessions?

Yes, the Create Menu in PS VR2 allows players to capture screenshots and videos, just as they do on PS5, but without having to leave VR Mode. You can also trim videos and share content with friends without leaving your game.

Can I share my screen with another player online who is or isn’t using PS VR2?

Yes, you can share your screen with another player online. Please note that Share Play is not available for PS VR2 games.

Can I broadcast my PS VR2 playthroughs?

A new broadcast feature for PS VR2 will allow you to film yourself while playing by connecting a PS5 HD Camera to the console. It’s a great way to show your movements and reactions during a boss battle and share your reactions with your fellow gamers as it happens!

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If PS VR2 is not in use, will the unit switch off or do I need to disconnect it from the PS5?

By default, the PS VR2 headset will automatically shut off after 30 minutes if you are not wearing the headset and exit a PS VR2 game. The default timing can be changed in the Power Saving settings.

You can also manually turn off the PS VR2 headset by using the power button on the PS VR2 headset, or by going to Control Center [Accessories] [Playstation VR2] in the system UI menu.

Is there a unique on-screen PS VR2 UI?

The UI for PS VR2 is similar to the UI for the PS5 console when watching on the TV screen. However you will notice minor optimizations when viewing the UI through the PS VR2 headset.

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This includes the layout for sections such as the Control Center and Create Menu, the position of the notification display and how the font is rendered for optimization.

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Do I need a TV to use PS VR2?

A TV is required to set up the PS VR2 unit for the first time. Once you complete the set up, a TV is not required for general PS VR2 game play.

Can I turn off my TV screen while using PS VR2?

Yes, you can turn off your TV screen while you are playing PS VR2.

What accessibility options does PS VR2 support?

Accessibility features available for the PS5 console, except for Zoom, will be available for PS VR2. This includes Color Correction, Invert Color, and Custom Button Assignment. Some games will also support additional in-game accessibility options.

Are there any parental controls built into PS VR2?

Yes, parental control settings are available and can be customized on the PS5 console for PS VR2.

Can two people using PS VR2 headsets play together on one PS5 console?

No. The PS5 console only supports one PS VR2 headset at a time.

Do I need to be connected to the internet to play PS VR2 games?

Internet connection requirements will vary by title. An internet connection is required to download purchased games and software updates.

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Where to buy PSVR 2 — price, bundles and retailers with stock

If you’ve read our PSVR 2 review you’ll know the new PS5 accessory sets a new standard for virtual reality on console, but all that tech comes at an eye-watering price. If that doesn’t put you off, then you can now buy your own PSVR 2.

The PSVR 2 retails for 549.99 / £529.99 / AU879.95, which is even more pricey than the PS5 required to make use of the headset. But the overall cost of ownership is probably less than most of the best VR headsets when you need to pair them with a gaming PC.

Are you still wanting to purchase a PS5 VR headset of your own? Then read on for all the information you need in order to buy a PSVR 2.

Where to buy PS VR2 — how to secure yours

If the high price hasn’t dissuaded you and you’re looking to secure your PSVR 2 as soon as possible, Playstation Direct is currently taking orders. During the preorder phase, you did at one point need to register for the chance to receive an invite to buy, but now you can go to Playstation Direct and purchase the PSVR 2 for 549.

The Playstation Direct site says that “due to high demand, this product is limited to 1 per household,” so you’ll have to choose whether you want a standalone headset or the PSVR 2 Horizon Call of the Mountain bundle for just 50 more.

Sony notes that “during this initial launch phase” Playstation’s official retail arm will be the exclusive retailer of the headset. But we expect the likes of Amazon, GameStop and Best Buy to sell units at some point, but we don’t yet know exactly when that will be.

Where to buy PSVR 2 in the U.S.

The PSVR 2 launched in the U.S. on February 22, 2023. It retails for 549 and the headset comes packaged with two PSVR 2 Sense controllers as standard. There is also a bundle that includes the Horizon Call of the Mountain game which will retail for 599 / £569 / AU959.

Pre-orders began last November — exclusively at Playstation Direct. And we do expect additional retailers to eventually stock the PSVR 2 but it’s not yet clear when that will be. To buy just head over to Playstation Direct and sign in to your Playstation account. Once you’re logged in, you’ll be able to select from the headset or the Horizon Call of the Mountain bundle.

PSVR 2: 549 @ GameStop GameStop has stock of the Sony PSVR 2. In our PSVR 2 review, we said it combines all the best of VR tech with some of the excellent haptics and audio from the PS5, into a system that’s easy to use and robust.

PSVR 2: 549 @ Playstation Direct The PSVR 2 is Sony’s latest leap into the world of virtual reality and is now available to buy at Playstation Direct. You will need a Playstation account to order, but you no longer need an invitation.

PSVR 2 Horizon Call of the Mountain Bundle: for 599 @ Playstation Direct For an additional 50, you can get the PSVR 2 Horizon Call of the Mountain bundle. This bundle comes with the game Horizon Call of the Mountain, which impressed us during our testing and is currently the headset’s flagship title.

Where to buy PSVR 2 in the U.K.

In the U.K. the PSVR 2 launched on February 23, 2023. Thankfully was no delay compared to the U.S. release date as there was with the PS5 console. The PSVR 2 retails for £529, or £569 when bundled with a copy of Horizon Call of the Mountain.

Playstation Direct, which only launched in the U.K. last year, is the exclusive place to buy the PSVR 2 at the time of writing. Additional retailers such as Amazon, Game and Currys are likely to take orders in the future but there is no information on when just yet.

PSVR 2: £529 @ Playstation Direct The PSVR 2 is Sony’s second-generation virtual reality headset. It leverages the power of the PS5 to truly immerse in the game. In the U.K. the headset cost £529 standalone or, for an additional £40, you can also get the PSVR 2 Horizon Call of the Mountain bundle. This bundle comes with the Horizon Call of the Mountain game, which we thoroughly recommend.

PSVR 2 bundles

Alongside selling the headset standalone, Sony is also offering an official PSVR 2 bundle. The PSVR 2 Horizon Call of the Mountain Bundle packages together the headset with a digital copy of the PSVR 2 exclusive title Horizon Call of the Mountain, which is the flagship first-party launch title for the headset.

The PSVR 2 Horizon Call of the Mountain Bundle costs 599/£569 and is also now available to buy via Playstation Direct. Just keep in mind you can currently only order the standalone headset or the bundle — not both. So choose wisely.

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