the press tried the virtual reality headset and came out won over

Specialist journalists were invited to London to try out Sony’s new VR headset. No date or price has yet been revealed.

Announced several months agothe virtual reality headset PS VR2 is on everyone’s lips this weekend. The specialized press was invited to the British capital by Sony to discover its new headphones, dedicated to the PS5. Several expected games, like Horizon Call of the Mountain, were also shown to the lucky ones. Newspaper.

Immersion pushed to its climax

The PS VR2 makes some giant leaps in purely technical terms. No longer requiring the contribution of an external camera to consider its environment (sensors are embedded in the visor), the experience is even more instantaneous and less restrictive.

But Sony’s new VR headset is still wired. Indeed, unlike a Meta Quest 2 which is autonomous, it is the PlayStation 5 to which it is connected which performs the calculations and returns the result to the PS VR2. On the other hand, that one inquires on the side of at gamekult or of IGNthis connection does not seem to interfere with immersion.

The PlayStation VR2 should be released in early 2023©Sony Interactive Entertainment

The new PS VR2 Sense controllers adopt a design similar to that found on PC models. In addition, they offer the same haptic features as the DualSense of the PlayStation 5, as well as the adaptive triggers. On the other hand, the four games presented during this discovery day only seemed to take advantage of this feature at the margin.

A sharper picture than ever

The PS VR2 has two new OLED screens which each offer a definition of 2000 x 2040 pixels at a frequency of 120 Hz. The field of vision has also been revised upwards (110°), and allows more details to be observed To the picture. According to Gamekult, the “grid” effect inherent in VR is still present. But it knows how to be forgotten thanks to the eye-tracking technology, which tells the console what we are looking at in order to maximize the level of detail of this element at the expense of what is in the peripheral gaze. .

Another novelty: the helmet now has a wheel to adjust the pupillary distance of each lens. In other words, you can precisely adjust the position of the screens to significantly improve sharpness and obtain the best possible image.

The helmet always rests its weight on the user’s forehead, and now has a pupil distance adjustment.©Sony Interactive Entertainment

Moreover, the real star of the day was according to the words of many media Horizon: Call of the Mountain. Spin-of in VR of the Sony franchise, it made a strong impression on the side of Game Informerwho describes the game as as graphically impressive as Horizon Forbidden Westone, if not the most beautiful game currently available on PS5.

Marginal reserves

If the general impressions are excellent, some points are unanimously raised by the press and can lead to questions about the product.

First, the PS VR2 does not offer an onboard audio solution. It is necessary to bring a helmet which will be superimposed on the helmet (a 3.5 mm jack is available), or to be satisfied with the sound of the speakers of its television set.

There also remains the entire problem of the catalog. Will Sony be able to offer its headphones enough games to motivate a purchase? In any case, this is the pitfall that the company encountered with the first PS VR of the name.

Horizon Call of the Mountain
Horizon Call of the Mountain advances as the first real graphic slap of the PS VR2.©Sony Interactive Entertainment

Finally, it also remains to know the launch price of this new device. While Sony has justincrease the price of its PlayStation 5 by €50, what price range should we expect from the PS VR2? As a reminder, the first headset (not counting the PlayStation Camera and Move controllers) was sold for around €399 when it was launched. The same price as the PlayStation 4 Pro at the time.

Given the economic situation, it therefore seems likely that Sony will opt for a launch around the current price of the PlayStation 5. That is to say 450€. The price (also revised upwards) from MetaQuest 2.

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