We finally have both a release date, pre-order date and price for Sony’s next gen virtual reality headset, PSVR2.
Sony has kept almost all details about PSVR2 under wraps, aside from a blog post some months back. It’s fitting they’d unceremoniously toss out further details in another blog post.
Here are the important details:
- You can register to pre-order here, and the pre-orders go live November 15. Note that, initially, the only place to pre-order is from PlayStation’s online store.
- The PSVR2 has a release date of February 22nd.
- It will be $549 or $599 with a pack-in code of Horizon Call of The Mountain.
- A Sense controller charging stand will be available to pre-order on Nov. 15 for $49.99.
- There are 11 additional games in development, some of which you can pre-order on Nov. 15. You can check out those upcoming PSVR2 titles on the PlayStation blog post here.
Our Thoughts On The Impending Next-Gen Headset
The headset is expensive. Coming in at $50-$150 more than the required console you have to have to play it. To get into Sony’s VR world that means you are paying over $1,000, which does fall in line with other high-end headsets like Valve’s Index ($999). Being one of the most technologically advanced headsets (check out the specs here), you can argue the price is where it should be. There is only one problem… games.
As a previous PSVR owner, I can safely say that the content well dried up fast. It is nice to see that 12 games are in development (some which you can pre-order), but I still hesitate on such a commitment without assurances of what is to come. Those could be set aside if Sony allows the device to be used on PC. As of right now, a PS5 is required. I can’t imagine it won’t be hacked by consumers, but official support would go a long way.
PSVR2 settles into the next gen VR niche. It’s equal parts barren and exciting. You’re likely to be throwing money into a fire pit as you are experiencing a legitimate jaw-dropping moment. If VR is nothing else, it is exhilarating.