PlayStation VR2 Will Cost More Than PS5

The PS VR2 headset and controllers
(Image credit: Sony)

Sony’s second-generation VR system, the PS VR2, will launch in February for $549.99 — more than the PlayStation 5 console required to use it — according to a PlayStation Blog post (opens in new tab). The company went on to announce 11 new VR games (opens in new tab) to be played on the system, a mix of enhanced versions of current titles and original experiences.

Arriving Feb. 22, 2023, the new PS VR2 (opens in new tab)system consists of a headset and hand controllers, and must be used with a PlayStation 5 console (opens in new tab). Its pair of OLED screens are adjustable, and present a resolution of 2000 x 2040 pixels per eye, with a 110-degree field of view and a refresh rate that climbs as high as 120 Hz. 

The headset is also filled with sensors and cameras, including a three-axis gyroscope, a three-axis accelerometer, and a proximity sensor. There are IR cameras for eye-tracking, plus four other lenses for headset and controller tracking. It also vibrates, has a built-in microphone, and a stereo headphone jack. It connects to the SSD-equipped (opens in new tab) console using a USB-C cable and Bluetooth 5.1. The new headset is slimmer and lighter than the previous version, which launched in 2016 for $399.99. 

The hand controllers replicate many of the features of the PS5’s DualSense gamepad (opens in new tab), offering haptic feedback, six-axis motion sensing, and the usual combination of analog sticks and face buttons.

More than 20 games are expected to be available (separately) at launch, including robo-dinosaur RPG Horizon Call of the Mountain; an enhanced VR version of Cities: Skylines; a Jurassic Park game starring Jeff Goldblum; and Tentacular, a game about being a giant squid. There's also a military FPS.

Preorders for the PS VR2 begin on Nov. 15 at direct.playstation.com, for customers in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Really enthusiastic gamers can register for a preorder, or a pre-preorder, starting today.

Ian Evenden
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Ian Evenden is a UK-based news writer for Tom’s Hardware US. He’ll write about anything, but stories about Raspberry Pi and DIY robots seem to find their way to him.

  • -Fran-
    For what it's promised to do, that's actually an excellent price point. Sure, not cheap, but it's not a basic VR experience from what I've been reading.

    If the adoption rate is good, maybe it'll go down in price? Maybe?

    Regards.
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  • Druid kern
    Last time I checked prices here in Canada for ps5's they were retailing for $1000. So if this vr headset cost $500 more to buy that puts the total cost for both the game system and the vr headset, some where around $2500 all together here. That is insane!
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  • hotaru251
    -Fran- said:
    If the adoption rate is good, maybe it'll go down in price? Maybe?
    its sony.
    it won't.

    also you can buy a quest 2 for less which is mroe versatile & can connect to your pc (if u have 1 or get 1)


    and looking ta the games its not really got a lot of good ones. (pistol whip..but again u can get it for less via the quest 2)
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  • BadOmans
    At $549 I don't forsee the PSVR2 flying off the shelves. It is cheap compared to something like an Index or Vive Pro but there's a reason why the Quest 2 is the top selling VR headset...price. Even Quest 2 sales have stagnated after the price increase. Aside from the Sony faithful and the relatively few VR enthusiasts in that group not many people want to drop $500+ on a VR headset.

    Though TBH I do hope I'm wrong. Maybe this will jumpstart the VR gaming scene and really bring it mainstream. Time will tell I guess.
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  • -Fran-
    hotaru251 said:
    its sony.
    it won't.

    also you can buy a quest 2 for less which is mroe versatile & can connect to your pc (if u have 1 or get 1)


    and looking ta the games its not really got a lot of good ones. (pistol whip..but again u can get it for less via the quest 2)
    Comparing the PSVR2 to the Quest 2 is like comparing a 1080p 60Hz screen monitor to a 1440p 144Hz with 1ms G2G in terms of performance.

    The PSVR2 has many things the Quest 2 just doesn't have and won't have, ever. Not just better resolution and graphical capabilities (it is standalone, but backed by the PS5 and not the anemic ARM SoC in the Quest 2). Plus eye tracking. That is actually huge.

    For the price, this is hands down a way better HMD than the Quest 2; not even in the same league. Your next best comparison would be the Vive Pro or the Index even.

    Regards.
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  • hotaru251
    -Fran- said:
    The PSVR2 has many things the Quest 2 just doesn't have and won't have, ever. Not just better resolution and graphical capabilities (it is standalone, but backed by the PS5 and not the anemic ARM SoC in the Quest 2). Plus eye tracking. That is actually huge.
    you forget biggest asterisk

    its locked to console with extremely small vr game list.
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  • -Fran-
    hotaru251 said:
    you forget biggest asterisk

    its locked to console with extremely small vr game list.
    Not disagreeing there, but it does have good VR potential because it is in a closed environment (like Apple's AR/MR device will be). Hence it's price as well, I'd say. Given the "spec list", that thing is being sold under cost or really close to cost. Spec wise, it is not expensive compared to other market offerings and that's an important point.

    I hope it succeeds with the PS5, because it'll open more development options and won't be using the Quest 2 garbage baseline for VR anymore.

    Regards.
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  • Inthrutheoutdoor
    "A fool & his money..."

    "High grade Pharma rulz, gammrz droolz"

    'nuff said :D
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  • btmedic04
    -Fran- said:
    Comparing the PSVR2 to the Quest 2 is like comparing a 1080p 60Hz screen monitor to a 1440p 144Hz with 1ms G2G in terms of performance.

    The PSVR2 has many things the Quest 2 just doesn't have and won't have, ever. Not just better resolution and graphical capabilities (it is standalone, but backed by the PS5 and not the anemic ARM SoC in the Quest 2). Plus eye tracking. That is actually huge.

    For the price, this is hands down a way better HMD than the Quest 2; not even in the same league. Your next best comparison would be the Vive Pro or the Index even.

    Regards.
    You're not wrong here, but theres a reason why 1920x1080 is the most used resolution on the steam hardware survey; accessibility and price. this HMD offers a lot for the price, but it lacks accessibility as its locked to the ps5. Id love to see something like this available in the pc space, but i dont think we will.
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  • fybyfyby
    BadOmans said:
    At $549 I don't forsee the PSVR2 flying off the shelves. It is cheap compared to something like an Index or Vive Pro but there's a reason why the Quest 2 is the top selling VR headset...price. Even Quest 2 sales have stagnated after the price increase. Aside from the Sony faithful and the relatively few VR enthusiasts in that group not many people want to drop $500+ on a VR headset.

    Though TBH I do hope I'm wrong. Maybe this will jumpstart the VR gaming scene and really bring it mainstream. Time will tell I guess.
    Its on par with psvr 1 price. Don't forget psvr1 400usd was without camera and controllers. So in the end the price is similar despite inflation.
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