PlayStation VR2, the latest VR headset for the PS5, announced at CES 2022


PlayStation VR2 is Sony’s next virtual reality headset, and a VR adaptation of Guerrilla Games’ popular Horizon series is a launch title, the company announced Tuesday night. The launch dates or windows for either product have not been given.

Horizon Call of the Mountain is developed by Guerrilla and the newly acquired Sony Firesprite Studios, creators of The Playroom series for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR. The game will use the new PlayStation VR2 Sense controller, along with the “new sensory features” that the headset can offer, to deliver a more realistic and immersive feel of playing virtual reality games, Sony said.

PlayStation VR2 will use headset-based controller tracking, which eliminates the need for the PlayStation Camera. The headset will use built-in cameras to reflect the wearer’s movements and field of view in-game. These will combine with headset feedback and 3D audio to amplify the experience globally, Sony said.

“Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of the player’s in-game actions,” Hideaki Nishino, the PlayStation manager in charge of the platform experience, said in an article. blog Tuesday night. “It’s created by a single integrated motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element.”

As an example, Nishino said that players “can feel a character’s high pulse during times of tension” or perceive hissing objects near their heads. “Plus, the PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech brings sounds to life in the player’s environment, adding to this new level of immersion.”

Eye tracking means looking in a different direction – without turning your head – “may create additional input for the in-game character,” Nishino added. “It allows players to interact more intuitively in new and realistic ways,” said Nishino.

Eye tracking represents the state of the art in VR headset technology; So far, it has been integrated into the HTC Vive Pro Eye, introduced in 2019, and eye tracking modules and add-ons are available for other Vive headsets. Facebook’s Oculus headset has yet to implement eye tracking, and Samsung has reportedly been working on it for its Gear line of headsets since 2016.

Tuesday night’s announcement confirmed previous statements and reports in 2021, including some from Sony, regarding plans for the new headset and PlayStation 5 compatible controllers. Eye tracking was discussed at length in a May 2021 report from UploadVR. Sony also touted the headset-based controller tracking in a feature list revealed last March.

As for Horizon Call of the Mountain, Sony and Guerrilla Games only offered a trailer featuring studio director Jan-Bart Van Beek speaking about the project for 90 seconds, followed by a short in-game clip showing the player looking like a huge robot resembling a brontosaurus. go through there.

“We don’t want to reveal too much just yet,” said Van Beek, “but this story will be told through the eyes of a brand new character. You will also meet [series protagonist] Aloy, other familiar faces, and new characters along the way. The studio is silent on further details until its PlayStation 5 title, Horizon forbidden to the west, will launch on February 18.

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