At CES 2022, Sony announced PlayStation VR2 and a new entry in the Horizon series called Horizon: Call of the Mountain. During the show PlayStation exec Jim Ryan detailed the device, while Horizon studio Guerrilla said the new entry in the Horizon series will introduce an new level of immersion.
While Ryan didn’t go into too much detail on PlayStation VR2 or show off what the new device or controllers look like, he did reveal some of the functionality it will have. Most notable among these is eye-tracking, 4K HDR, and foveated rendering, which improves rendering while being less taxing on hardware.
PlayStation VR2 will also have headset feedback, which is likely to be the equivalent of controller vibrations, as well as a 110 degree field of view. You can read more about these features below, as detailed on the PlayStation Blog.
- Visual Fidelity: For a high-fidelity visual experience, PS VR2 offers 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view, and foveated rendering. With an OLED display, players can expect a display resolution of 2000×2040 per eye and smooth frame rates of 90/120Hz.
- Headset-based Controller Tracking: With inside-out tracking, PS VR2 tracks you and your controller through integrated cameras embedded in the VR headset. Your movements and the direction you look at are reflected in-game without the need for an external camera.
- New Sensory Features: PS VR2 Sense Technology combines eye tracking, headset feedback, 3D Audio, and the innovative PS VR2 Sense controller to create an incredibly deep feeling of immersion. Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player. It’s created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience. For example, gamers can feel a character’s elevated pulse during tense moments, the rush of objects passing close to the character’s head, or the thrust of a vehicle as the character speeds forward. Additionally, PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech makes sounds in the player’s surroundings come alive, adding to this new level of immersion.
- Eye Tracking: With eye tracking, PS VR2 detects the motion of your eyes, so a simple look in a specific direction can create an additional input for the game character. This allows players to interact more intuitively in new and lifelike ways, allowing for a heightened emotional response and enhanced expression that provide a new level of realism in gaming.
Horizon: Call of the Mountain is being developed by Guerrilla, creators of the acclaimed open-world action series, and Firesprite, studio that Sony acquired in 2021 and is formed of former members of its now defunct Liverpool Studio.