Playstation VR 2 goes against the trend of recent years and uses a cable. But Sony is researching wireless virtual reality.
So said Hideaki Nishino, Sony’s Senior Vice President, Platform Experience, in an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.
When asked why Sony opted for a cable solution, Nishino said that only a cable would be able to unleash the full potential of the PS5 and PSVR 2but adds that the company is also considering other options.
“We also understand that going wireless will give you another experience, so we’re always looking at all possibilities and doing technical research. However, there remains the question of how far the wired solution can be replaced by a wireless solution in terms of performance,” says Nishino.
Sony plays it safe
As anyone using standalone devices like Meta Quest 2 or Peak 4 on a PC knows, wireless PC VR streaming is getting better and better. However, this type of use is secondary and doesn’t quite come close to wired data transmission in terms of image quality, connection stability and latency.
That’s what Nishino is referring to: Sony’s VR system is ultimately supposed to offer a premium VR experience without compromise – and wireless virtual reality is not (yet) sufficient for this.
Besides these factors, the power supply probably also played a role in Sony’s decision to go with a wired connection. With a wireless connection, Sony would have had to place an additional battery and processors in the VR headset, which would have negatively impacted the weight and price of the device. Compromises that Sony did not want to make, which could still be different with Playstation VR 3 and advanced network technology.
PSVR 2: “Adequate for the price”
Nishino says he can’t wait for the launch. PlayStation VR 2 is excellently positioned in terms of material and content quality, he believes. PSVR 2 would allow for a “completely different level of immersion”.
And what about the relatively high price of $550 / 600 euros? Nishino, of course, thinks it’s justified. “We believe that we are able to provide functions and experiences suitable for the price, so we hope you will adopt it.”
Sales will show: Playstation VR 2 will be released worldwide on February 22, 2022. You can find more Information about Playstation VR 2 here.