PS5 VR aka PSVR 2: News, Price, Release Date, Specs, and More

Here's what to know about the 2023 PlayStation VR headset

The PlayStation VR system for the PS5, known as the PSVR 2, was released in early 2023. Here's the price and information on the hardware specs and features. In addition, we have a list of all the games for the PSVR 2.

Sony PlayStation VR2

Sony Interactive Entertainment

PSVR 2 Release Date

The PSVR 2 launched on February 22, 2023.

You can order PlayStation VR2 through PlayStation’s website.

PSVR 2 Price

The PlayStation VR2 starts at $549.99. This includes the headset, PSVR 2 Sense controller, stereo headphones, and USB cable.

The $599.99 option is identical, but includes a PlayStation Store voucher code for Horizon Call of the Mountain.

PSVR 2 Features

Sony calls the PlayStation VR2 a "true next-gen experience with high-fidelity visuals, new sensory features, and enhanced tracking – along with a simplified single-cord setup." Their PlayStation VR2: The Ultimate FAQ is a great source for all things PSVR 2. Below are some of these notable features.

  • Foveated rendering to reduce peripheral vision image quality and reduce rendering requirements
  • Improved resolution (2000×2040 per eye), pixel quality, and refresh rates (90/120Hz)
  • A single USB-C cable connecting the headset with the PlayStation
  • A lighter-weight headset overall
  • Cloud gaming options for interactive play in remote locations
  • Livestreaming with the PS5 camera
  • Integrated cameras embedded in the headset track you and your controller without the need for an external camera
  • Enhanced realism through eye motion tracking so you can look in a specific direction to create an additional input for the game character
  • Headset feedback that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions
  • Built-in microphone
  • Social Screen lets other people in the room see what you’re experiencing on the TV
  • Cinematic Mode to let the PSVR 2 display whatever is running on the PS5 via a 1920x1080 HDR virtual screen with 120Hz refresh rate. The other mode is VR Mode, which is a 360-degree view via a 4000x2040 HDR virtual environment with 90Hz/120Hz refresh rate
  • Set up your space and view your surroundings while wearing the headset via the See-Through View feature. This is possible through the headset's function key, or Quick Settings

PSVR 2 Specs and Hardware

These are the official specs from Sony:

PlayStation VR2 Specs
Resolution: 2000x2040 per eye / OLED / HDR
Panel refresh rate: 90Hz, 120Hz
Lens separation: Adjustable
Field of view: Approximately 110 degrees
Sensors: Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)​ / Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor
Cameras: 4 cameras for headset and controller tracking / IR camera for eye tracking per eye
Feedback: Vibration on controllers and headset
Connector with PS5: USB-C (included cable is approx. 14.7 feet long)
Audio: Input: Built-in microphone​ / Output: Stereo headphone jack
External dimensions: Approx. 212x158x278 mm (8.3x6.2x10.9 in)
Weight: Approx. 560 g (19.8 oz) (excluding cables)

Attaching the headset, and sizing it appropriately for you, is really easy through a knob on the back. The PSVR 2 headset supports IPD (interpupillary distance) adjustment so you can fine-tune it to your face specifically. But what makes this really helpful is you don't need to know your IPD to get the headset set up.

Sony PS VR2 headset and controllers


Instead, you're put through a calibration that make sure your eyes are situated properly. It works by showing you two circles on an animated face. Just adjust the headset's fit and IPD so your eyes (the circles) look normal on the cartoon's face.

Official footage of the full system is available via early hands-on testers. For example, The Verge was able to take a look at the PSVR 2 in this video, where we see how the headset and controllers are put on, a review of some of the specs, and a few game demos.

PSVR 2 Controllers

Sony revealed the PS5 VR controller in 2021. The orb-like design looks ergonomic and will, according to Sony, allow developers more freedom to create unique gameplay experiences. The controllers have exciting new features like adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and finger touch detection for smoother and more realistic gameplay.

Hands in the PSVR 2 controllers


PlayStation VR2 Sense Controller Specs
Buttons:  [Right]​ PS button, Options button, Action buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 button, R2 button, Right Stick / R3 button / ​[Left]​ PS button, Create button, Action buttons (Triangle / Square), L1 button, L2 button, Left Stick / L3 button
Sensing/Tracking: Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer) / Capacitive Sensor: Finger Touch DetectionIR LED: Position Tracking
Feedback: Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Haptic Feedback (by single actuator per unit)
Port: USB-C
Communication: Bluetooth 5.1
Battery: Built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery​

Confirmed PSVR 2 Games

Over 40 titles launched the same day as the PSVR 2 release, with others arriving shortly after or at some time in the future. There are currently over 100 games in development.

Here are some of those titles:

After Life, After The Fall, Aliens, Alvo, Among Us, Another Fisherman’s Tale, Before Your Eyes, Behemoth, Black Trail, Blacktop Hoops, Cave Digger 2: Dig Harder, Cities VR – Enhanced Edition, Cosmonious High, Creed: Rise to Glory – Championship Edition, Crossfire: Sierra Squad, Demeo, Distortion, Do Not Open, Engram, Firewall Ultra, Firmament, Galaxy Kart, Galaxy's Edge, Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord, Ghosts of Tabor, GOLF+, Gorn, Gran Turismo 7, Green Hell, Hellsplit Arena, Hellsweeper VR, Horizon Call of the Mountain, Hubris, Hyperstacks, Jurassic World Aftermath Collection, Kayak VR: Mirage, Legion, LOW-FI, Madison, Medieval Dynasty, Moss Book II, NFL Pro Era, No Man's Sky, Nock: Bow + Arrow Soccer, Paradise Hotel, Pavlov, Pistol Whip VR, Project Louisiana: The Bounds, Propagation, Puzzling Places, Ragnarock, Requisition, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Village, Rez Infinite, Runner, Samurai Slaughter House, Shadowgate VR: The Mines of Mythrok, Song in the Smoke: Rekindled, Soul of Kaeru, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge – Enhanced Edition, Startenders: Intergalactic Bartending, Sushi Ben, Synth Riders: Remastered Edition, Swordsman VR, Tentacular, Tetris Effect: Connected, The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR, The Exorcist, The Last Clockwinder, The Light Brigade, The Twilight Zone, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Chapter 2: Retribution, Thumper, Townsmen VR, Ultrawings 2, Unplugged: Air Guitar, Volcanic Core, Walkabout Mini Golf, Wandering in Space, What The Bat?, and Zenith: The Last City.

It's worth noting here that there's no backwards compatibility for PSVR games, so you can't play original PSVR games on the PSVR 2. The PlayStation Store website lists PSVR 2 games that you can filter by price, genre, and more. Sony says games that work with the PSVR 2 have prominent branding elements to indicate compatibility.

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