Our biggest remaining PlayStation VR2 questions are answered

Further up and down with a new VR system.
in great shape , Further up and down with a new VR system.

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Ahead of Sony’s arrival at this weekend’s 2022 Tokyo Games Show, the company’s PlayStation division poured a slew of news online at fans over the past 24 hours. Arguably the biggest news. came from print on hands and eyes Its PlayStation VR2 add-on for the PS5 console.

The new virtual reality system, slated for an “early 2023” retail launch, is now being talked about by Sony’s careful public relations hand, and its early testers have offered impressions of both the hardware and some of its candid launch software. .

PSVR2: What We Already Knew

thank you for Sony’s announcements from earlier this yearOf course, we know that the PSVR2’s OLED display packs a pixel resolution of 4000×2040, which can run VR software in either 90 Hz or 120 Hz mode. That performance is boosted by a new foveated rendering system, which is meant to emphasize full pixel resolution where your eyes are focused and blur out the parts where your eyes aren’t—and it’s, unsurprisingly, the new inner eyeshadow. is coupled with the tracking sensor.

We also know that the PSVR 2 will ship with two completely new gamepads, one for each hand, which follow the Meta Quest archetype of VR controllers (complete with buttons, triggers, and joysticks) but with Sony’s recent With additional technical upgrades to the DualSense gamepad—namely, more sophisticated rumble and tension-filled “impulse” triggers.

A new “inside-out” tracking system is similar to the type found in Meta Quest and various Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and it’s built-in to scan players’ real-world environments and track VR positioning. Uses cameras, does not require an external camera or tracking box. , However, on the contrary Wireless-by-Default Meta Quest 2The PSVR2 requires a cable connection for power and data transfer to the PlayStation 5 console.

PSVR2 Hardware: What We Learned This Week

Speaking of that cable connection: We’ve seen it in action now. The new single-cable connection, via the PS5’s only USB Type-C slot, is a revelation compared to the external, cable-staying “processor unit” required for Sony’s first VR systems. This 4.5-meter cable is reportedly designed to weigh as little as possible, but a cable that can wrap around your legs may remain a deal-breaker for some.

Sony also confirmed that the PSVR will lack built-in audio. As with previous models, PSVR2 owners will need to connect headphones using the 3.5mm jack. The original PSVR shipped with low-budget earbuds that could be the PSVR2 again—and to Sony’s credit, the new headset includes nifty, built-in “earbud plugs” that you can plug into your existing earbuds. Squeeze can to store neatly. But it’s a tad boring compared to the built-in audio found in valve index And all the Meta Quest models. This week’s demonstration video shows that Sony’s larger, PS-branded headphones obstruct users in VR, reduce airflow, and make people sweat, so interested users should look to the PSVR2 ahead of its 2023 launch. High-quality, lightweight wired earbuds deserve attention. (my 3.5mm recommendation is Affordable, High-Performing Koss KSC32-i,

In better news, Sony’s lens mechanism includes a precision interpupillary distance (IPD) slider, which can be accessed with a handy dial while the system is attached to the face. (This is a huge difference from Quest 2, which Such sliders omitted as a cost-saving measure.) New users can access a handy calibration menu at any time to ensure that the IPD setting is aligned to their unique face, and it additionally allows users to calibrate the PSVR 2’s eye-tracking sensor. tells you to look at an array of moving dots. So far, the PSVR2’s “hovering” fit, complete with a foam backstrap and nifty dial to tighten the fit, looks just like what we loved in the original PSVR. The fit around the eyes is reportedly wide enough for eyeglass wearers, though we’re still waiting to hear about the weight and distribution of the new system compared to the original — at least, beyond suggestions that the current The headset is quite light.

A July 2022 teaser of how the PSVR2's automatic room-tracking technology will work when the system launches in 2023.
in great shape , A July 2022 teaser of how the PSVR2’s automatic room-tracking technology will work when the system launches in 2023.

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The PSVR2’s new room-tracking system, which relies on four built-in cameras, automatically accounts for objects in your gaming space. When users aim the system’s cameras at a new room, the black-and-white passthrough coats visual objects (furniture, entertainment centers) in a trippy pattern of 3D triangles as the PSVR2 cameras scan over them, rather than Its that users target their hands. Scan and “paint” the play space. If the PSVR 2 goes wrong, users can still use the system’s controllers to fix their VR “limitations” before starting a game. The headset includes a button on the bottom that can enable the PSVR2’s passthrough camera mode at any time so users can see what’s around them without removing the headset.

We learned earlier that the PSVR2 includes an array of built-in rumble motors—a first in consumer-grade VR—and now we know how they work. The severity of the rumble can vary from a subtle sensation, such as when flies buzz across your face during a sequence. Resident Evil: Village VRor more intense full-head explosions, such as when a monster flies over your head and sends a gust of wind toward you Horizon VR: Call of the Mountains, So far, reports suggest that this sensation is more engrossing than unpleasant.

Sony has yet to confirm the maximum brightness of its OLED display, suggesting only that it is rated for “HDR”, but Sony is clearly taking screen quality and light bleed seriously. Is. OLED panels are generally better at managing “infinite” contrast ratio, thus keeping deep blacks and bright lights together, and the PSVR2 apparently includes an improved light-blocking arrangement of foam and nose liners. Is.

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