VR gaming has been on the rise in the gaming industry for years, amassing millions of fans that want to experience their favorite games in a new dimension. The concept of VR gaming has been in the works for over 30 years, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the first potential consumer-grade VR headset came out — the Oculus Rift. It was launched and funded by a Kickstarter campaign and fans were thrilled with the result. The reason the Oculus Rift was such a success is that the graphics cards available in 2012 were finally powerful enough to support VR technology. From the rudimentary beginnings of 2012, technology, in general, has been steadily improving and the quality of VR has been improving with it. This has led to massive strides in the gaming industry and we have the privilege to experience the peak of VR gaming through the upcoming PlayStation VR2 headset. Since the headset is not released yet, we are going to provide you with some starting PlayStation VR2 statistics and update this with any new information as it becomes available. Since we’re talking about the gaming industry, you can also take a look at how big the esports industry is as well!
PlayStation VR2 key stats
This section is going to take a look at some of the basic information and statistics concerning the PlayStation VR2 headset, from preorder stats to hardware benchmarks and essentially anything else you can think of. Of course, since the headset is yet to come out, we cannot provide you with extensive details until we see how it performs on the market and within the industry, but that information is going to become available fairly quickly.
Sony cut the PS VR2’s shipping expectations from 2 million to 1 million units.
(Source: The Verge)
- This was done due to a very disappointing number of pre-orders.
- Tom Warren has speculated that the reason for the low pre-orders is the steep price of the PS VR2.
- It costs $549, while the price of an entire PlayStation 5 is $499.
- The Valve Index is much more expensive, but it can be used on more platforms, such as PC.
- Sony is expecting to ship 1.5 million units between April 2023 and March 2024.
This was a notable hit to the prospects of the PlayStation VR2 because apparently, it’s selling poorly before its release, which does not bode well for the longevity of the headset in the future. The poor sales and the cutbacks to sales expectations of Sony are mostly attributed to the price of the PS VR2 since it costs more than the console that it was made for. For fans that don’t have to worry about money, this is just another Tuesday, but for everyone else, it might be a dealbreaker.
You can play the VR mode of Resident Evil Village with the PlayStation VR2 headset.
- The trailer showcasing the VR mode for the game was played using the PS VR2 headset-
- The VR headset will implement haptic feedback into the controllers for a more immersive experience, perfect for a game like Resident Evil.
- The VR mode will be available for all players who already own Resident Evil Village.
- The VR mode for the game is releasing on the same day as the headset.
Despite the poor pricing, the potential games you can play using the PlayStation VR2 are incredible, and one of them that stands out is Resident Evil Village. The game is going to introduce a VR mode that will immerse you into the experience even further for something truly terrifying. With the technology that the PS VR2 offers, you can be sure that is going to be one wild ride!
The PlayStation VR2 will support 4K gaming.
- The headset features an OLED display supporting 90 and 120HZ, with a 110-degree field-of-view.
- The headset also features outside cameras that allow the player to see the room that they are in, without the need for additional cameras.
- Sony is also pushing its haptic feedback technology into its headsets for more immersive gameplay and for the possibility of implementing more interesting gameplay mechanics.
We’ve already mentioned the technology that went into designing the PS VR2, but when you get to specifics, it gets even more impressive because this beast of a headset can support 4K gaming with the right setup, and all of the other specs hint at a fantastic experience no matter which game you choose, be it the newest horror game or an interactive rhythm game. Speaking of games, let’s see what you can play with this headset.
The PS VR2 will support over 50 games on launch.
(Source: GameSpot, Road to VR)
- The list includes simple indie games as well as AAA titles like Resident Evil Village and even the Resident Evil 4 remake.
- Those 50 games are available on launch but more titles were announced for the future.
Resident Evil Village is already known to support the PS VR2, but what is even more interesting is that you will be able to enjoy the newest Resident Evil game, the Resident Evil 4 Remake on the headset as well. This is going to be an unforgettable experience for many fans of the horror genre, but even if that’s not you, you can still enjoy over 50 titles ranging in complexity from big-name developers to the humblest indie games.
To sum up
Alright, that would be all we have to say about the PlayStation VR2! The headset is releasing on the 22nd of February and we’ll update this page with any new information as it becomes available. News is bound to surface when people actually get their hands on the headset and manage to test it out to the fullest, and we’ll be there to report the results. Regardless of the headset’s success, we are sure that it is going to most likely perform well on the market, but if it doesn’t, that could spell some dreadful news for the VR market because the PS VR2 is quite an advanced piece of tech, and everything could hinge on other headsets in development. We sincerely hope that you have enjoyed the information we have prepared for you at the moment and that you’ll come back when we have more to say!
- “PlayStation VR2 sales expectations reportedly halved after disappointing preorders”. The Verge, 2023, https://www.theverge.com/2023/1/31/23579292/sony-playstation-vr2-psvr2-sales-low-preorders-price
- “Resident Evil Village VR trailer shows the game running on PlayStation VR2”. VGC, 2023, https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/resident-evil-village-vr-trailer-shows-the-game-running-on-playstation-vr2/
- “The PS VR2 will be released this month – here’s how to pre-order the headset”. Independent, 2023, https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/gadgets-tech/video-games-consoles/psvr-2-play-station-release-b2279674.html
- “Here’s Every Game Announced for PSVR 2”. Road to VR, 2023, https://www.roadtovr.com/every-game-playstation-vr-psvr-2/
- “Every PSVR 2 Game Confirmed For Launch And Beyond”. GameSpot, 2023, https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/every-psvr-2-game-confirmed-for-launch-and-beyond/2900-4593/#1