The PlayStation VR was talked about when it was released. It was affordable and worked with a device that tens of millions of people already owned. As a result, it enjoyed quite a decent wave of popularity and gained a large library of games. However, in the years since, it has been reported that PlayStation VR is not as popular as it used to be. This is likely due to the rise of high-end standalone VR headsets like the Meta Quest, which have huge catalogs of games and much better input options.
There’s no question that the PlayStation VR2 is an intriguing proposition. With the price of PS5 consoles rising, will the new headset be able to provide an even better experience? And with first- and second-tier exclusives, will that be enough to win back players? I had the chance to try out the PlayStation VR2 for myself at the Tokyo Game Show, and I can say first hand that the quality of the experience is excellent.
A comfortable helmet
The PlayStation VR2 is just as comfortable as the original, if not more comfortable, thanks to a better fit around the face. This is especially true if you wear glasses like I do. The difference in comfort with my glasses on the PlayStation VR2 compared to the old ones was night and day. It’s hard to make a direct comparison to my headset at home when it comes to weight, but it’s definitely lighter. The single USB-C cable adds almost no extra weight or ‘pull’, to the point that I even forgot it was there – very different from what I had to do on the original iteration of the PlayStation VR with its huge, bulky cables . I also really liked the system of
Now that the PlayStation VR2 is out, we finally have a chance to get our hands on one of the best virtual reality experiences to date. The new Sense controllers are much more comfortable and easy to use than the old Move sticks, and the haptic feedback and touch-sensitive system make the game more realistic than ever. If you’re looking for a truly immersive virtual reality experience, the PlayStation VR2 is undoubtedly the way to go.
The Resident Evil Village experience
The PlayStation VR2 headset delivers a fully immersive experience that makes Resident Evil: Village more realistic than ever. The new HDR OLED screens are phenomenal and the improved resolution and detail eliminate screen door effects or visual noise. It’s an incredible transformation that makes the game even more fun. Thanks to Capcom for letting me demo the game with the new VR hardware!
Resident Evil: Village is a true explosion in VR. The sensory controllers are great for a first-person action experience, allowing me to move easily as I normally would with the analog stick and use both hands to interact at the same time. The demo takes place in the first part of the game, where you’re introduced to the infamous Lady Dimitrescu, and she’s really impressive in VR. The sheer size of this eerie queen, I tell you, is only truly apparent when she stands over your limp body after being unceremoniously dragged to her home by her daughters. Sorry to anyone asking if you can give Lady D a big kiss – Ethan Winters just isn’t the size
As for combat in the VR version of Village, it’s incredibly intuitive. The L1/R1 buttons sit just below where your middle or ring finger is, meaning you have to hold them down to simulate a “grab” action. To interact with in-game objects or retrieve a weapon from your belt holster, all you need to do is ‘grab’ it and hold it. From there, in the case of the blade, you can knock down or even throw enemies at them by swinging and releasing the button. In the case of the pistol, you can aim and shoot while holding it, and you must reload by physically taking ammunition from your side with your other hand, emptying the magazine,
PlayStation VR2 will launch on February 23, 2023 as a standalone package or bundle with Horizon Call of the Mountain. Here’s the list of the 11 games available at PlayStation VR2 launch.