The next-generation virtual reality headset, PlayStation VR2 itself hasn’t been seen until now, but Sony has made up for that.
The unveiling took place on the PlayStation Blog, and the design is not a departure from what the company started with the PlayStation 5 and its DualSense controller, which continued with the PlayStation VR2’s orb-like controllers. The headset’s look was intended to combine all of these, but you could also include the Pulse 3D headset. So once you get used to one, the others follow similar guidelines.
Sony has tested the headset’s design extensively to make it ergonomic and comfortable, but the adjustability has been carried over from the previous generation PlayStation VR. Innovation comes in the form of fine-tuning the lenses if someone has an unusual interpupillary distance. The design has been made thinner, and as a result, the weight has been reduced somewhat. There’s also a new ventilation hole to allow the hardware to ventilate properly.
Yujin Morisawa, senior art director at Sony Interactive Entertainment, wrote: “When I started to work on the design for the PlayStation VR2 headset, one of the areas I wanted to focus on first was the idea of creating a vent in the headset to let air out, similar to the vents on the PS5 console that allows airflow. Our engineers came up with this idea as a good way to allow ventilation and avoid having the lens fog up while players are immersed in their VR games. I worked on many design concepts to achieve this, and in the final design, you can see there is a little space between the top and front surface of the scope containing the integrated ventilation. I am proud of how this turned out and the positive feedback so far. I hope our PlayStation fans will also agree, and I can’t wait for them to try it out.”
Sony confirmed that they had already sent PlayStation VR2 development kits to the developers but did not say whether the rumoured 2022 release date could be kept. We don’t yet know if the next-generation PSVR will hit stores this year, and there’s even a big question mark where the price tag should be.