Sony is preparing the next PlayStation VR headset for PS5 owners and the hardware appears to live up to its next-generation expectation. The company has not revealed official PlayStation VR 2 specs, but leaks from UploadVR tease exciting new features, some of which have not been implemented by VR competitors.
Exclusive to the PlayStation VR 2 is haptic feedback provided directly within the headset, according to UploadVR. Although haptic feedback is a confirmed feature in the official PSVR 2 controllers (see image below), the inclusion within the headset is surprising.
Improved haptic feedback for realistic motor senses—like falling raindrops in Returnal and directional footsteps in Astro's Playroom—were a welcome feature of the new DualSense controller that shipped alongside the PS5. The benefits provided from haptic feedback directly within the new PSVR 2 headset could improve upon the biggest technological selling point of virtual reality: immersion.
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The PlayStation VR 2 is expected to boast 4K resolution of 4000x2040 pixels (2000x2040 per eye). This resolution slightly beats the Oculus Quest 2 (1832x1920 per eye) but falls short of the 5K resolution featured in the HTC Vive Pro 2 (2448x2448 per eye).
Additionally, a lens separation adjustment dial is expected to be included in the PlayStation VR 2 specs. The Oculus Quest 2 features a similar mechanism, allowing users to switch between 3 spacing settings to accomodate various IPD measurements.
UploadVR also speculated on direct eye tracking, made possible by foveated rendering. Expanding upon this feature's possibilities like improved social connectivity, they wrote:
"Eye-tracking can also dramatically change the sense of social connection made between avatars in VR. Generally speaking, the technology allows for subtler expression translating to a more profound sense of actually being together with another person in a virtual world. Eye-tracking could also be employed for other uses, such as much better throwing mechanics that take into account what a player is looking at when they release a virtual object."
PlayStation VR 2 will have less wires than its original counterpart, but it will not ship 100% wireless like the Oculus Quest 2. The new headset will still require direct wiring to the PS5, most likely through USB-C connection, the same console port that is used to charge the DualSense controllers.