PlayStation’s next-gen VR headset is here. It’s high-spec and, boy, high priced. Engadget’s Devindra Hardawar says it’s a massive step forward from the original PSVR, thanks to its high-resolution screens and innovative features like headset haptics.
Back in 2016, when the original launched, VR was making another push into the mainstream, which kicked off with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The tech has evolved at an incredible pace, so seven years later, this sequel headset feels more comfortable and comes with far more advanced controllers. (The first PSVR used Move controller wands originally launched for the PS3 back in 2010!) The new Sense controllers are actually purpose-built for virtual reality, with a large tracking ring, analog sticks, two face buttons, triggers and haptic feedback.
Hardawar adds that Horizon VR, one of few marquee launch titles, taps into the headset’s eye-tracking sensors for foveated rendering, concentrating the PS5’s power on what you’re looking at. However, that $550 price and a potentially limited library could limit its impact – the same old story of what’s wrong with VR.
– Mat Smith
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