With Horizon Forbidden West just having been released, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen out today, and Elden Ring arriving at the end of the week, Sony has added to the packed news cycle with the unveiling of its PSVR 2 headset design, which tonally matches what Sony offers with the PS5.
With a white finish for both the PSVR 2 and the PSVR 2 Sense controllers, the headset looks far more futuristic and sleek than the original PlayStation VR. Thanks to inside-out tracking and a host of other enhancements, the design is no longer restricted be having to feature the blue lightbars (which was how the headset was tracked on the original PSVR).
In a PlayStation Blog post, Sony says it was inspired by the rest of the PS5 products, alongside the console, such as the Pulse Wireless Headset. The flat edges help the headset sit on flat surfaces, while the rounded design, while a futuristic look was given with the rounded structure.
According to Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president of platform experience at Sony, the goal was to “create a headset that will not only become an attractive part of your living room decor, but will also keep you immersed in your game world, to the point where you almost forget you are using a headset or controller.”
The headset is designed to fit a variety of head sizes and some features return like the adjustable scope and the placement of the headphone jack for ease of use.
To help with airflow, a gap has been introduced above the scope to help with ventilation, which is a great change as the original PSVR was known for getting very hot and sweaty rather quickly. Additionally, the design team has created a slimmer design and added a lens adjustment dial to allow players to “match the lens distance between their eyes to optimize their view”.
First look at the PlayStation VR2 headset design!
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) February 22, 2022
There’s still no release date for the PSVR 2 yet. But this design looks nice and aligns closely with what we have seen from other modern headsets like the Meta Quest 2. And as a fun easter egg, Sony has included thousands of tiny PlayStation symbols on the design, similar to the PS5.