PlayStation VR2 for PS5 with 4K HDR Specs Announced by Sony at CES 2022. Launch Game is Horizon VR: Call of the Mountain

Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s President and CEO, came onstage at CES 2022 to hold Sony’s annual PlayStation Presentation. Today they announced PlayStation VR2 for PS5 consoles with a 4K HDR screen, rumble feedback headset, that has 110 degrees Field of View and new VR controllers. The first announced launch game will be Horizon VR: Call of the Mountain.

PlayStation VR2 CES 2022 Presentation

Watch the full PlayStation VR2 Presentation at CES 2022:

PlayStation Presentation at CES 2022

Hideaki Nishino, PlayStation’s Senior Vice President of Platform Experience, gave the full details:

“It is my great pleasure to start off 2022 with news on our next generation virtual reality system for the PS5 console, starting with the official name: PlayStation VR2, and our new VR controller, PlayStation VR2 Sense controller.

PlayStation VR2 takes VR gaming to a whole new level, enabling a greater sense of presence and allowing players to escape into game worlds like never before. With the headset on and controllers in hand, players will feel a heightened range of sensations unlike any other – thanks to the creativity of the game worlds being built by our world class developers, and the latest technology incorporated into the hardware.

Building upon our innovations from PS5, PlayStation VR2 adds a true next-gen experience with high-fidelity visuals, new sensory features, and enhanced tracking – along with a simplified single-cord setup.”

PlayStation VR2 Features

  • Visual Fidelity: For a high-fidelity visual experience, PS VR2 offers 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view, and foveated rendering. With an OLED display, players can expect a display resolution of 2000×2040 per eye and smooth frame rates of 90/120Hz.
  • Headset-based Controller Tracking: With inside-out tracking, PS VR2 tracks you and your controller through integrated cameras embedded in the VR headset. Your movements and the direction you look at are reflected in-game without the need for an external camera.
  • New Sensory Features: PS VR2 Sense Technology combines eye tracking, headset feedback, 3D Audio, and the innovative PS VR2 Sense controller to create an incredibly deep feeling of immersion. Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player. It’s created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience. For example, gamers can feel a character’s elevated pulse during tense moments, the rush of objects passing close to the character’s head, or the thrust of a vehicle as the character speeds forward. Additionally, PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech makes sounds in the player’s surroundings come alive, adding to this new level of immersion.
  • Eye Tracking: With eye tracking, PS VR2 detects the motion of your eyes, so a simple look in a specific direction can create an additional input for the game character. This allows players to interact more intuitively in new and lifelike ways, allowing for a heightened emotional response and enhanced expression that provide a new level of realism in gaming. 

He continued: “All of these advancements in PlayStation VR2, combined with the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers from the PS VR2 Sense controllers, enable players to feel and interact with games in a much more visceral way. PS VR2 will also have a simple setup process — with a single cable connected directly to PS5, you can immediately jump into the VR experience.

Today we are also pleased to reveal that one of the biggest exclusive franchises on PlayStation will be coming to PS VR2 – Horizon Call of the Mountain from Guerrilla and Firesprite. This original game is being built specifically for PS VR2 and will open the doors for players to go deeper into the world of Horizon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s exciting updates. Just remember, this is only a taste of things to come, and I can’t wait to share more details with you about PS VR2. In the meantime, below is the list of official specifications.”

PlayStation VR2 Hardware Specifications

Display method?OLED
Panel resolution?2000 x 2040 per eye
Panel refresh rate?90Hz, 120Hz
Lens separation?Adjustable
Field of View?Approx. 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 headset
Communication? with PS5USB Type-C®
Audio?Input: Built-in microphone?Output: Stereo headphone jack

PlayStation VR2 Sense Controllers Specifications

PS button, Options button, Action buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 button, R2 button, Right Stick / R3 button
PS button, Create button, Action buttons (Triangle / Square), L1 button, L2 button, Left Stick / L3 button
Sensing/ TrackingMotion 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)
PortUSB Type-C® Port
Communication?Bluetooth® Ver5.1? 
Battery?Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery?

PlayStation VR2 Games: Horizon VR: Call of the Mountain

Jan-Bart van Beek, Guerrilla’s Studio Director and Studio Art & Animation Director, had this to say about the first revealed PlayStation VR2 launch game:

To quote: “With only a few more weeks to go until Horizon Forbidden West (launching February 18, 2022), we’re thrilled to reveal that we’ll soon be journeying back out into the wilds in a brand-new adventure, with Horizon Call of the Mountain.

Created for PlayStation VR2, this unique experience has been designed to push hardware technology, innovation, and gameplay. The stunning visuals and brand-new PS VR2 Sense controllers give a new meaning to being fully immersed into the world of Horizon.

We don’t want to reveal too much just yet, but this story will be told through the eyes of an entirely new character. You will also meet Aloy, other familiar faces, and new characters along the way, and we’ll be introducing you to the protagonist of Horizon Call of the Mountain soon.

We’re looking forward to welcoming VR fans into our wonderful Horizon community, and giving you all an unforgettable experience. Horizon Call of the Mountain has been proudly developed with the team at Firesprite, and we’ll soon be revealing more about what you can expect from the game. Until then, check out the teaser trailer!”

Horizon Call of the Mountain – Teaser Trailer

No other games have been announced yet.

No word yet on whether the PS5’s VR2 will be compatible with the PS4’s VR games. But getting 4K HDR VR on an OLED screen with a massively improved headset and controller is amazing news. Virtual Reality is back and here to stay! 😀

Are you excited for the PlayStation VR2?