April 13, 2024

Greater than six years after its VR debut, Sony is able to deliver next-gen VR to PS5 with PSVR 2. Does PlayStation VR 2 make a considerable enchancment over its predecessor? And the way does it stack as much as different VR headsets in the marketplace? Learn on to search out out.

With PSVR 2, Sony isn’t just enhancing on the prior headset, it’s additionally elevating some bars for client headsets total as the primary system in its class to deliver eye-tracking, HDR, and new haptic capabilities to the market. Let’s begin out with a take a look at PSVR 2’s specs and the way they examine to the unique PSVR:

PSVR 2 vs. PSVR Specs

PSVR 2 PSVR
Decision 2,000 x 2,040 (4.1MP) per-eye, OLED, HDR 960 x 1,080 (1.0MP) per-eye, RGB OLED
Refresh Charge 90Hz, 120Hz 90Hz, 120Hz
Lenses Fresnel Single factor non-Fresnel
Subject-of-view (claimed) 110° (diagonal presumed) 100° (diagonal presumed)
Optical Changes IPD, eye-relief Eye-relief
Connectors USB-C (no breakout field) USB, HDMI (breakout field)
Cable Size 4.5m 4.4m
Monitoring Inside-out (no exterior beacons) Outdoors-in (exterior digital camera)
On-board cameras 4x IR (exterior), 2x IR (inner) None
Go-through View Sure No
Enter PSVR 2 Sense controllers (rechargable), DualShock 5 (rechargable) eye-tracking DualShock 4 (rechargeable), PS Transfer (rechargeable), PS Purpose (rechargeable), voice
Audio 3.5mm aux output 3.5mm aux output
Microphone Sure Sure
Haptics Controllers, headset Controllers
Weight 560g 600g
Launch Date February twenty second, 2023 October thirteenth, 2016
Console Compatibility PS5 PS4, PS4 Professional, PS5 (with adapter, solely PS4 appropriate VR video games)

PSVR 2 Assessment

Probably the most vital elements of a VR headset is how issues look whenever you peer by means of the lenses, in order that’s the place we’re going to begin.

Readability

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How good issues look within a VR headset is dependent upon far more than simply decision, so we wish to boil issues all the way down to the purpose of speaking about ‘readability’, ie: how clear does the digital world look contained in the headset.

PSVR 2 will get an enormous leap in readability over its predecessor thanks at first to an enormous leap in decision (from 1.0MP per-eye to 4.1MP per-eye). From a decision standpoint, that places PSVR 2 on par with different headsets in the marketplace like Quest 2.

Whereas the picture by means of PSVR 2’s lenses definitely appears to be like a lot better than the unique PSVR, it’s hampered a bit by two notable points: candy spot and movement blur.

PSVR 2’s Fresnel lenses even have pretty good edge-to-edge readability, however provided that you will get your eyes within the headset’s quite small eye-box (AKA candy spot). Sadly not everybody will be capable of get their eyes into the best place as a result of the candy spot appears to be designed at a distance that makes it so that you’d must cram the headset uncomfortably in opposition to your face with the intention to preserve the lenses within the good spot. Because of an eye-relief adjustment it’s straightforward to maneuver the lenses far sufficient away that they aren’t crushing your nostril, however for each little bit that you just do you quit some sharpness on the perimeters and a few field-of-view.

The small eye-box additionally implies that if you happen to don’t dial the headsets ergonomic changes in excellent you’ll see issues like chromatic aberration and extra blur across the edges than you’ll in any other case.

Fortunately Sony has included a guided calibration step (which makes use of the headset’s eye-tracking) and helps customers discover that superb spot by guiding them towards the proper IPD and lens alignment. This positively helps cut back the difficulty of getting a small candy spot, and I discover myself working calibration each few instances that I choose up the headset simply to make certain issues haven’t jostled misplaced. Fortunately Sony has made it straightforward to run the calibration step at any level—even in the course of a sport.

I additionally talked about movement blur as one thing that’s holding again the readability on PSVR 2. I nonetheless don’t know precisely why I’m seeing a good bit of movement blur on PSVR 2—whether or not its persistence blur, ghosting, reprojection, or one thing else—nevertheless it somwhat reduces the sharpness of the picture at any time when your head is in movement (which in VR is more often than not). It’s a disgrace as a result of you possibly can see simply how sharp the whole lot is whenever you head continues to be, after which as quickly as you go to have a look at one thing else, the world round you turns into a bit extra blurry.

And sadly PSVR 2’s Fresnel lenses aren’t an exception to the rule: its nonetheless straightforward to identify god rays and a few glare in excessive distinction scenes.

Shows & HDR

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Candy spot points apart, PSVR 2 is packing a pair of spectacular OLED shows that make colours really feel extra wealthy and saturated whereas permitting darkish elements of the scene to get really darkish as a substitute of simply darkish gray.

This makes an enormous distinction on the subject of content material like Horizon Name of the Mountain which goals to immerse gamers in a world filled with lush surroundings.

Whereas it’s nice to have OLED black ranges on a contemporary headset, PSVR 2’s shows do undergo from extra mura than seen on its contemporaries, which manifests as a little bit of speckling on the display that’s extra seen when seen in opposition to sure colours.

However that’s the value you pay for these deep blacks and purported ‘HDR’ capabilities, although I’ve but to listen to Sony verify key elements of that functionality, like peak brightness.

In my expertise with the headset I can’t say I’ve felt like its exhibiting considerably extra peak brightness than different headsets, nevertheless it feels just like the HDR is paying off extra within the mid and decrease tones.

Subject-of-view

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Much like the small candy spot, PSVR 2’s field-of-view is technically fairly massive—at instances feeling prefer it meets even Valve’s Index—however that’s provided that you possibly can push the lenses exceptionally (and for me, uncomfortably) near your eyes; so shut that the lenses are placing quite a lot of stress in your nostril. Between the place it’s truly comfy for me to have the lenses sit and the place I’d get the utmost field-of-view, it seems like I’m leaving a non-trivial quantity of FoV on the desk. That stated, even the comfy place leaves me with a reasonably sizable field-of-view that exceeds one thing like Quest 2.

IPD & Eye-tracking

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PSVR 2 is the primary client VR headset to ship with eye-tracking. Whereas this has the potential to be very helpful throughout a variety of functions, I’ve but to see any sport that’s placing it to significantly good use. To date the closest any sport has come is Horizon Name of the Mountain which makes use of eye-tracking to enhance the accuracy of the sport’s refined auto-aim.

For its half, Sony is making use of the eye-tracking to assist customers set their right IPD (which may be very helpful, particularly contemplating the headset’s small candy spot), and even regulate the lean of the headset on the person’s head.

Whereas I respect that good contact, I want the calibration step would truly present a quantity to accompany the IPD setting; that manner you may merely bear in mind your quantity and dial it in each time. As a substitute, the guided calibration simply reveals a visible indicator of how shut your eyes are to the middle of the lenses. It really works nicely, however with no quantity to go by you’ll want to dial issues in visually each time.

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