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Sony brands next-gen VR headset PlayStation VR2, shares tech specs

The device was announced last year and teased as a 'next-generation VR system.'

Sony's next-generation VR headset for the PlayStation 5 has been given a name: PlayStation VR2.

Sony christened the device during a recent CES 2022 press conference, before also sharing reams of new tech specs and information about its work-in-progress VR system on the PlayStation Blog.

According to that rundown, PSVR 2 will pack a 4K HDR capable OLED display with a resolution of 2000x2040 per eye and frame rates of 90/120Hz. The headset will also offer a field of view of roughly 110 degrees.

Integrated cameras will facilitate headset-based controller tracking capable of tracing the movements of players and their controllers, while sensory features including eye tracking, headset feedback, 3D audio, and a new PlayStation VR2 Sense controller -- offering haptic feedback and adaptive triggers -- combine to create what Sony is calling 'PS VR2 Sense Technology.'

"Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player. It's created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience," wrote Sony's SVP of platform experience, Hideaki Nishino.

"For example, gamers can feel a character's elevated pulse during tense moments, the rush of objects passing close to the character's head, or the thrust of a vehicle as the character speeds forward. Additionally, PS5's Tempest 3D AudioTech makes sounds in the player's surroundings come alive, adding to this new level of immersion."

Sony claims those advancements will enable more "visceral" interactions within VR worlds, and revealed it has already begun creating original titles for the PSVR 2 that leverage its biggest franchises, including Horizon Call of the Mountain from Guerrilla and recently-acquired VR studio Firesprite.

There was no mention of when the PSVR 2 will actually hit shelves, though Sony has pledged to share more details in the future.

You can find the complete set of tech specs for both the PlayStaton VR2 and PlayStation VR2 Sense Controllers below.

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