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Sony Unveils Design for New PSVR 2 for PlayStation 5 Owners

Sara Belcher - Author

Feb. 22 2022, Updated 3:58 p.m. ET

Virtual reality gaming has become more accessible than ever, but for many players, the experience is still a clunky one. Most popular consoles have a way to create a VR experience — and Sony has just unveiled its new plans for its PSVR 2 headset and controllers.

These new virtual reality tools will go even further than the company's current VR model, though the release date is still far off.

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What is the release date for the PSVR 2?

At this time, Sony has not yet revealed just when the new VR headset and controllers will be available to players, though it's likely that we'll see the product launch sometime in 2022, given the announcement and how far along the company seems to be in its production.

The headset and controllers are newly designed exclusively for the PS5, meaning the product is likely to hit shelves long before the rumored "PS5 Pro" will ever be unveiled.

'Horizon Call of the Mountain'
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'Horizon Call of the Mountain'

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Sony also announced Horizon Call of the Mountain as one of the first games the company will debut for the new headset and controllers. This game, which will likely be a follow-up to Horizon Forbidden West, brings players further into the game's world while taking advantage of the VR 2 headset's new technology.

Sony unveiled the specs for the new VR headset and controllers exclusively for the PS5.

If you are one of the lucky ones who has managed to snag a PS5, then you might want to consider turning back on all of the notification channels you used to snag it, because the new VR2 headset and controllers are likely to be just as popular — and just as elusive.

The new VR2 headset will feature technology that tracks players' eye movements, using a series of cameras in the headset to change the in-game view and provide a more responsive and immersive experience.

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It will also capitalize on 3D audio features to create more lifelike gameplay, and even provide some tactile features

The announcement from Sony follows through on many of the company's previously announced plans, and depending on when the PSVR2 comes out, it could be one of the most advanced VR technologies on the market.

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Sony unveiled the PSVR2's design on its blog.

Platform experience head Hideki Nishino shared on PlayStation's blog an advanced look at the design of the PSVR2 headset and controller. The new controllers bear a striking similarity to the design of the PS5, featuring a white, circular design "since it is meant to have constant human contact, similar to the rounded edges of the DualSense controller and Pulse 3D headset," Hideki wrote.

Comfort was apparently a top priority, which is why the designers included a lens adjustment dial, a weight and size reduction, and even vents — to stop the headset's monitors from fogging up while playing.

While the new PSVR2 offers quite a few upgrades for players, it still bears enough similarities to the original VR design so as not to be considered a complete overhaul. This will make it easier for those who love the current VR headset to transition smoothly.

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