It appears that Sony may have accidentally leaked their release window for their new virtual reality PlayStation VR2. That was the good news. The bad news though is that you’re going to have to wait a bit longer to get it.
No Virtual Reality For a While?
Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), has just posted on Twitter that shipments of VR displays are rising in 2022 despite the shipments being delayed to 2023 for Apple and Sony. How is that relevant for the PlayStation VR2? Well, think about it: if shipments of VR displays will only arrive at Sony in 2023, that means that the PS VR2 has to have a release date in that year or later.
To put it simply: the PlayStation VR2 will launch next year in 2023 or later. We will almost certainly not see its release in 2022. At least, not if Sony is being smart about this. Sony could theoretically try to release the PS VR2 this year. However, without the VR displays to make them, what’s the point? All we’re going to get is an inability to meet the demand for it just like a certain other console Sony made (*cough* PS5 *cough*). I don’t think Sony wants another failure to meet the demand problem here. Hence, next year will likely be the year for PlayStation VR2.
PlayStation VR2: Details
The PlayStation VR2 will be the next-generation virtual reality console that will replace the original PlayStation VR that launched back on October 13, 2016. As the name suggests, it’s a virtual reality headset that also features a pair of controllers. The first PS VR has a pair of…colored balls on top of a pair of thermos. That’s me being extremely generous about their design, but apparently, they work, so I guess they aren’t as awkward as they appear to be at first glance. Maybe. At the very least, you can’t deny that the various cables and that camera are a bit complex to set up.
Thankfully, the PlayStation VR2 seems to improve on that part. We don’t have any concrete details about it yet, but it seems that all you need is a headset and those 2 controllers, and you’re good to go. It seems that much of the console is now wireless, but that’s just speculation for now. Take it with a grain of salt until we hear anything official from Sony. What you don’t need salt for though is the VR games Sony is planning for it. Specifically: Horizon Call of the Mountain. Yes, the next Horizon game after Horizon Forbidden West will be a PS VR2 game. It seems that Sony really wants to sweeten the deal to get people to buy the PS VR2. We’ll have to see if that works when it comes out.