PSVR 2 releases in 2023 and Sony needs to make it compatible with gaming PCs

August 23, 2022 As Sony announces PSVR 2 for release in 2023, we’re reminding you once again how badly we want it to be compatible with our gaming PC.

Sony has revealed that we’ll have to wait until next year for its upcoming PlayStation VR 2 headset and motion controllers. While it undoubtedly looks like a substantial improvement over its predecessor in terms of specs, it could be even better if it runs on PC as well. Thanks to USB Type-C connectivity, Sony may be able to make the device compatible with gaming PCs, and it should.

The PlayStation VR 2 promises some technical advantages even over the best VR headset, like the Valve Index. It features 4K HDR OLED panels with a resolution of 2000×2040 per eye, with supported refresh rates of 90/120Hz. These sorts of specs naturally require a lot of graphics power, but if Sony were to render the device compatible with PCs, upscaling technologies such as Radeon Super Resolution or Nvidia DLSS could help improve performance.

In addition to ditching the proprietary breakout box for a more universally supported USB Type-C connection, the PlayStation VR2 requires no external tracking device thanks to reverse tracking facilitated by cameras built into the headset itself. . While it’s not as liberating as a wireless headset like the Oculus Quest 2, it’s clean and simple enough that the prospect of jumping into VR takes up a lot less time and space.

Sony also intends to bring its 3D audio technology to the headset’s built-in speakers, along with potentially innovative eye-tracking and haptic feedback features. The company describes the latter as “a smart tactile element, bringing players closer to the gaming experience. For example, players can feel a character’s high pulse during tense moments, the rush of objects passing close to the head. of the character or the thrust of a vehicle when the character accelerates”.

PlayStation VR 2 Specifications
Display technology OLED
Panel resolution 2000×2040 per eye
Refresh rate 90/120Hz
Field of view 110°
Sensors Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)​
Infrared proximity sensor
Cameras 4 helmet cameras
Controller tracking infrared camera for eye-by-eye tracking
Feedback Vibration on the helmet
Connectivity USB Type-C
audio Input: built-in microphone
Output: stereo headphone jack

While it’s unfortunate that the original PlayStation VR didn’t receive widespread PC support through proprietary connections, Sony has a unique opportunity here to deliver a VR headset that’s compatible with both Windows and its own platform. -PlayStation shape. It would be an easy way to expand their recently established PlayStation PC brand, and a fantastic unique selling point. Anyway, given that it uses a USB Type-C connection, it’s likely that someone will take care of making it work on our platforms, whether Sony likes it or not. For now, however, we will have to wait until 2023 to find out if Sony will fill our wishlist.

Robert P. Miller