We went hands-on with PSVR2 back in September: read our first impressions here.
PlayStation VR2 can now be preordered without needing an invitation.
Preorders invitations originally started going out just three weeks ago, but new uninvited preorders are getting the exact same shipping estimate of February 22nd – 28th. Does this suggest demand is lower than Sony expected?
Sony reportedly anticipated PSVR 2 to have ‘much greater popularity’ than the original and planned to have 2 million units produced by March. But the $550 price shocked many potential buyers when revealed back in October, and spending on consumer electronics in general is dropping amid rising inflation.
But PSVR 2 brings major upgrades over the original. While it required an array of cables connected to a breakout box and a PlayStation Camera, PSVR 2 connects via a single USB-C cable and has onboard cameras for inside-out tracking. It features significantly higher resolution high dynamic range displays, wider field of view lenses, eye tracking, head vibration, and ergonomic controllers with thumbsticks & high fidelity haptics.
PSVR 2 isn’t compatible with original PSVR games, but many developers are expected to port their titles and Sony told investors the headset will launch with “20+ major first-party and third-party titles” including Horizon Call Of The Mountain and Resident Evil Village.