In a summit held behind closed doors, Sony reportedly provided new information regarding PlayStation VR 2, Sony’s next-generation virtual reality headset. The details were leaked through a video uploaded by PSVR Without Words, but this is news not yet official. According to rumors, we will be able to see the next viewer at the beginning of 2022.
Earlier this year, Sony confirmed it was working on a next-generation VR headset. Besides some details that came not long after about the new controllers that will go along with this headset, not much else has been said about it. Now, however, some new details have potentially emerged, thanks to a closed-door summit that was to be held recently by Sony for developers.
Sony shared new information on what to expect from the PlayStation VR 2 at this summit, covered in a video uploaded by PSVR Without Words, which you can see below.
For starters, Sony internally refers to the headset as NGVR (Next-Gen VR), not PSVR 2, and the specifications for the headset are certainly quite interesting. It will feature Fresnel OLED screens with a resolution of 2000×2040 per eye, which is also something that has previously been leaked. HDR support and a 110-degree field of view are also present, along with flexible scaling resolution, foveated rendering, and eye-tracking.
The new headset will also use haptics to increase immersion and reduce motion sickness. On the controller front, Sony also includes analog capacitive touch sensors for finger tracking, which will track the distance between players’ fingers and thumb.
One interesting thing that Sony would have mentioned during the presentation behind closed doors was its approach to developing content for virtual reality. Rather than focusing on VR experiences as it did during the PS4 generation, it appears Sony is looking to shift gears to develop full-scale AAA games that will serve as hybrid experiences, giving gamers the ability to play normally or with the new headset. VR.
It also doesn’t look like there will be backward compatibility support for the PSVR headset, although Sony is likely to end up remastering some key games. Meanwhile, it appears that the plan right now is to reveal the new headset in early 2022. Previous reports have suggested that Sony is aiming for a launch in late 2022.
This is all unconfirmed information, of course, so at the moment, take it with the proverbial pliers, but also consider that PSVR Without Parole has been a reliable source of PSVR-related news in the past. In any case, we will keep you updated if new details are provided, so stay tuned.