We know that the PlayStation VR2 is due out in early 2023, but the first hands-on impressions emerged after PlayStation held an event. As far as we can tell, the media got to see Horizon Call of the Mountain, The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners 2, Resident Evil Village, and Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge: Enhanced Edition.
We’ll be playing with the PlayStation VR2 in the morning at the Tokyo Game Show, but for now, here’s what other outlets are saying about their time with the unit.
Eurogamer said: “Wow. Wow, wow, wow. That’s the word that keeps coming to mind when trying to sum up my time with the PlayStation VR2. As an avid VR fan for many years, I can safely say that my first hands-on experience with Sony’s upcoming headset blew my VR-loving socks off. This sleek and stylish unit was everything I could have asked for in an enhanced PSVR headset and much, much more.”
IGN said, “Luckily, the PlayStation VR2 feels like a modern entry into the VR landscape with superior visual fidelity and comfortable ergonomics. Its haptics and adaptive triggers, if implemented well, will be a welcome addition to the immersive experience. As with all new pieces of hardware, the question now is whether there will be enough games to make the investment worthwhile. First-party games like Horizon Call of the Mountain are certainly helping to assuage those concerns, and while nothing has been announced yet, I’d be shocked if the excellent Half-Life: Alyx doesn’t make it to the platform.”
Polygon said, “One of the most beautiful games I’ve seen in VR, The call of the mountain acts as a visual showcase for Sony’s new headset. Leaves, wind, fire, explosions and giant robots fill the sky as you make your way through the new Horizon story.”
Gamespot said: “As previously mentioned, PSVR 2 feels like an iteration of the original, which should come as no surprise. However, I’ve learned from first-hand experience that these small, clever tweaks and additions are more significant than they might seem. At a time when virtual reality feels like old news, PSVR 2 feels like a shot in the arm for it in the gaming space. It remains to be seen if PSVR 2 will garner widespread interest, but at the very least, I’m more than confident that it will bring us one step closer to realizing its full potential. Yes, a lot of what impressed me was focused on visual fidelity, but seeing is believing, and in VR the possibilities of what you can see are endless.”
Game Informer said: “I let out an audible ‘wow’ just minutes after launching Resident Evil Village on PlayStation VR2. A bloodcurdling scream deep in Dimitrescu Castle doesn’t freak me out because my attention is elsewhere. I look at the framed picture on the foyer wall. This portrait of a regal looking man is quite ordinary, but in PSVR2 it catches my attention as I can see the small details with crystal clear clarity. I study the brush strokes, the color variations in the fabric of his coat, and I can tell it’s an oil painting.’
The Verge said, “Even after a short time with the device, the new headset looks like it will be a big improvement over the original PSVR in almost every way.”
Upload VR said: “PlayStation VR2 offers striking visuals, a noticeably wider field of view and high-fidelity haptics. The reprojection issue is disappointing, but it’s still the most impressive consumer headset I’ve tried so far.”
The PlayStation Blog posted big impressions of all four of the games mentioned, as well as more information about the hardware.
Kinda Funny Games also played with it and posted their impressions below.
We’ll have our impressions for you tomorrow after we get our first look at the PlayStation VR2 at TGS.
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