Sony announced the launch of a much-anticipated addition to its new Virtual Reality (VR) gear lineup in a recent PlayStation (PS) Blog post, in which the company’s senior president of platform experience, Hideaki Nishino, unveiled the PlayStation VR2 headset.
Nishino explained that the design of the PSVR 2 was inspired by the aesthetics of the PS5 console and its peripherals, and that the ‘orbital’ look of the headset, intended to represent the 360-degree view that players experience in VR, was made to compliment the recently unveiled Sense VR controllers.
“Our goal is to create a headset that will not only become an attractive part of your living room decor, but will also keep you immersed in your game world, to the point where you almost forget you are using a headset or controller,” Nishino wrote in the blog post. “That is why we paid very close attention to the ergonomics of the headset and conducted extensive testing to ensure a comfortable feel for a variety of head sizes.”
The blog post also detailed more specific features the team focused on during development, such as better comfort, weight balance and adjustability of the headset. The new Sony PSVR 2 will also induce a vent for better air flow and a motor to provide rumble feedback.
While little is known about when the headset and controllers will be released, it is suspected that people will be able to purchase it around the holiday season of 2022, along with first exclusive game for the PSVR 2, ‘Horizon Call of the Mountain’.
According to experts, PSVR 2 is expected to be the next step in making VR more accessible and inviting more people into the virtual world. Since its inception, VR has been expensive and required more powerful hardware to run, but the latest developments by companies like Sony, Facebook’s Oculus, and HTC have managed to make the world of virtual reality more mainstream.
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