PlayStation VR2 - Hardware Review - DashGamer

Dan Rizzo says "The novelty of its immersion is superseded by its quality aspects. It’s no toy, nor is it a budget headset like its previous counterpart. It delivers a high-end AAA experience first-hand without the gimmick of quickly giving players their VR fix."

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"However, I can most definitely put those fears to rest as the PSVR2 is above and beyond its predecessor in every way, making the old model look like a baby’s toy. With resounding positivity put toward its upgrades and changes to the way you control the unit, this is indeed a quality VR experience that is set to take on the market with unequivocal force."

It's nice to see the gaming press finally getting it, now they've had the chance to play it for some time. This is a giant leap forward and the price represents amazing value. The bad thing about the price is that it's a lot for people to pay in the current climate; the value on the other hand, is beyond question!

darthv72449d ago (Edited 449d ago )

this thing has really helped me get my VR legs. Its been a great ride so far. Cant wait for more.

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S2Killinit450d ago

Man I cant wait for even more games for this. Its been great so far.

z2g449d ago (Edited 449d ago )

i've had mine for almost 2 weeks now. its pretty great and had has exceeded my expectations. Its not as sharp as the HTC Vive Pro 2 but waaaay better than a Quest 2 and pretty on par with the Steam Index in terms of image quality etc. Its leaps and bounds better than the original psvr in pretty much every aspect. Screen door effect has been reduced down to basically a subtle grain in the image that you forget about pretty quickly. Image quality is sharp and theres no ghosting in the 3D representation. Refresh is smooth and glassy.

Its very light and comfortable. I could see that some might say the light plastic makes it feel kinda cheap, but its probably better than having this thing weigh more on your face. the soft rubber accordion piece that blocks the outside light from your eyes is a nice touch.

theres not really any lag in the system. the outside cameras work as advertised for giving you a window out to the real world when you break your play boundary and the inside out tracking is tight.

The included earbuds snap into the back of the headset and are passable, but its a better experience with the Pulse3D headset (steelseries are still my fav headsets tho).

The sense controllers are as you expect. its like a ds5 controller split in half with the L2/R2 triggers on the top of each and the L1/R1 buttons in the handle by your index fingers. In true Sony fashion, the battery life on them isn't stellar, but not horrible. you will find yourself charging them pretty often tho and Sony only gives you a single usb cord to charge them with so unless you dig up another cord, you have to charge them one at a time. takes about 1.5 hours each for a full charge.

The software lineup at launch is just ok. GT7 is amazing, Call of the Mountain is an impressive technical showcase, as is Resident Evil Village (i played the demo). The rest of the games are pretty much the same kinda smaller, cutesy simpler vr games - most of which you could probably play and or get a similar experience on a Quest 2. I'm sure (hoping) this will obviously get better over time, but I am concerned that most of the games won't be the super high quality AAA experiences you go to Sony for in the first place. Time will tell I suppose.

darthv72449d ago

this will sound uplifting but I am now able to play the first VR for longer periods of time, thanks to playing the VR2. The VR2 has helped me get my VR legs to the point that i decided to set up my Pro and VR1 and have a go at many titles i could not play initially. I found a way to deal with the VR sweats (as they are called) which results in no longer having foggy lenses and its an amazing experience to be able to play games like beat sabre, rush of blood, ace combat 7 and squadrons (all of which are not VR2 compatible). I have to say the first time being catapulted off the deck of an air craft carrier was friggen sweet!!! And it made my head feel woozy but I stuck it out and took down 5 bandits in the process.

All i can say is that if there are those out there like me, and could not stomach the first VR... play the second. it really helped me appreciate the tech and the experiences that the first round of titles had to offer. Rush of blood is bloody good time and my kids and i took turns in different levels. We had a great time trading off and watching each other get scared. I only hope that these games will get VR2 updates or better yet, sequels that really take those experiences to an entire new level.

Going to pick up my T150 tonight and get back into GT7.


PlayStation VR2 Official PC Adapter by Sony Is Being Certified

An official PlayStation VR2 adapter for PC made by Sony is being certified. It won't be long before the VR headset is officially compatible.

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Profchaos5h ago

one step closer to unlocking the headsets full power.

I'm extremely underwhelmed with how Sony has treated it's psvr2 customers seriously Nintendo treated it's Wii U owners of which the sales were probably equal in the headsets 2bd year v the consoles far better.

This is the least they could do

ravens523h ago

I agree. I'm a day 1 consumer too. 😢 For my day 1 Vita. I do not like when Sony does that crap.

VR23h ago

How have Sony treated us VR2 customers ? I'm having a blast with plenty of games to play.

ravens522h ago

For me personally, it's no big AAA story VR games. I want a The Last of Us caliber game PERSONALLY 🤷🏽

Cacabunga1h ago

You have RE8 RE4 and many other AAA games.
I tend to agree Sony could have supported the better but there is plenty to play. There are decent FPS games to play as well. Let’s not talk about GT7.

BlackOni1h ago

Agreed, but to your point, those dollars went a lot further back then than they do now. This should have been a consideration from the beginning.

Imagine buying a monitor or tv that could only work with one device. That's basically what this equates to, so they left a LOT of money on the table by not making it PC compatible from the getgo. But to Sony's credit, even they were unaware of how popular their games would be once released on PC.

Neonridr3h ago

so now Sony is going to sell me an adapter I have to buy so I can use the headset on my PC? Gee, how generous of you :P

While it's great that I will be able to use this headset instead of my Index or Q3 for PC only VR titles, it's still a sad realization that Sony is sorta waiving the white flag here. Here's hoping they at least make some of their PSVR2 exclusive content available on PC as well now.

ocelot073h ago

I don't see it as waving the white flag. PSVR the first one even though modders did get it working on pc it was a awful experience.

PSVR2 one of the best VR headsets available. Requires just one usb c cable. Even though I truly believe exclusives are what sell consoles. When it comes to VR it's very nich among gamers. I'm ecstatic that soon I can imo use the best VR headset on both ps5 and pc. No need for a pc vr headset. I have said it since PSVR2 was announced that I hope they make it pc compatible. With it being a very expensive headset and pc vr being more popular it just makes sense for Sony to do this.

Neonridr1h ago

as opposed to a Quest 3 that requires no cables, or a single cable if you want to pair it with your PC right? ;)

While the tech is better in the PSVR2 for the most part (I own an Index, Q3 and PSVR2), I'm still let down by certain things. Headset rumble is a novelty. Eye tracking has only been used well on a couple of titles.

to each their own I guess, but to me this doesn't give me confidence that Sony is fully investing in their own hardware, more like they are stepping back to allow others to fill in the gaps.

VR23h ago

Waving the white flag 😂🤣. Stop listening to the media haters.
Plenty of games to play on playstation VR2

Neonridr2h ago

yes there is, but with them allowing you to play on PC, which games are Sony telling you to play? PC VR titles? How is that good business for Sony at that point? Great that they get the hardware sale I guess, but then all software goes away from them.

ocelot073h ago

It's most likely just going to be a usb c to usb 3 adapter. Even for modern era a lot of new cases and motherboards don't have a usb c ports.

The budget but still fairly fairly high end pc I recently helped my friend build. He went with a b550 motherboard. Didn't have a usb c port or a on board socket to connect a pc case with a front panel usb c. Had to get a cheap pcie usb c.

1nsomniac7m ago(Edited 7m ago)

They developed the headset/attached usb c cable so that it wasn’t possible to run through any port other than a designated ps5 port. The adapter allows all the data to be passed correctly to a none designated ps5 port.

VR23h ago

Awesome news, it'll help push VR

Neonridr1h ago

too bad it'll push software sales away from Sony.

Eonjay40m ago

Not really sure that makes sense. Allowing it to be used on PC should increase interest in the headset itself, correct?

1nsomniac1m ago

It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever, never has done, no matter how many times it’s repeated.

I don’t understand how people don’t understand that Sony can’t lose money taking this approach. They have potential of none ps5 owners purchasing the headset. They can make more sales by re-releasing their PSVR2 titles to pc. They also make no money from pc only vr titles anyway so again, they don’t lose any money there either.

So no, “the pushing software sales away from Sony” literally makes not one bit of sense at all!!