PSVR 2 Specs In contrast To Oculus Quest 2 & Valve Index
PlayStation Fans were excited when Sony released more details about the upcoming PlayStation VR2 headset, and the gaming community was quick to compare PSVR 2’s specs to other VR headsets currently on the market, including the Oculus Quest 2 and Valve Index. The PSVR 2 improves on the specifications of the 2016 PlayStation VR and will only be compatible with PlayStation 5 consoles. Alongside its new headset, Sony announced its new PlayStation VR2 Sense controller to be used alongside the PSVR 2 headset.
Ever since PlayStation announced the successor to the PlayStation VR, fans have been intrigued by the specs of the PSVR 2 and how it compares to the other leading VR headsets available today. Meta’s Oculus Quest 2 is Sony’s PSVR 2’s most obvious competitor. While PSVR 2’s price is unknown, it’s expected to be similarly priced to the Oculus Quest 2 that launched in 2020 and is fast becoming the best-selling VR headset by Oculus. One of the Quest 2’s biggest selling points is that it’s a standalone VR headset that doesn’t rely on other hardware like a PC or console to function. For buyers, especially those who don’t have a next-gen PS5 console, this is a huge bonus.
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In addition to Meta’s Oculus Quest 2, VR fans have been interested in seeing how PSVR 2 compares to SteamVR’s offering, the Valve Index. Despite its significantly higher price point, Valve Index is successful due to its substantial offering of SteamVR games, including VR Game of the Year 2020, Half-Life: Alyx. Although the Quest 2 does not require any additional hardware to function, users have the option of connecting the Valve Index headset to a PC to play SteamVR games. Although the PSVR 2 will likely not have access to many games offered through SteamVR, the headset will likely have access to some exclusive PlayStation games, which in itself is a big selling point.
PSVR 2, Oculus Quest 2 and Valve Index display specifications compared
While gaming offerings are an important factor, what people are most excited about is the PlayStation VR2’s impressive specs. The PSVR 2 offers an OLED display that stands out from the crowd as both the Quest 2 and Valve Index have LCDs. As seen across Nintendo’s various Switch consoles, both OLED and LCD screens have their strengths and weaknesses. LCD offers constant backlighting, so are generally brighter displays, while OLED uses self-illuminating individual pixels, resulting in better contrast and darker blacks. In addition to the higher price, the disadvantage of OLED is the lower pixel density, which can lead to lower image quality. It’s likely that the PSVR 2 aims to combat this with a higher pixel density, but it could push up the price.
PSVR 2 resolution is better than PSVR, Quest 2 and Valve Index
One of the most talked about features of the PlayStation VR2 is the panel resolution. At 2,000 x 2,040 pixels per eye, the PSVR 2 is only second to HTC’s Vive Pro 2, which offers a 5K head-mounted display with a resolution of 2,448 x 2,448 pixels per eye. However, HTC’s Vive Pro 2 isn’t a direct competitor to the Quest 2 or Valve Index VR headset, as it costs twice as much as both headsets. PlayStation VR2’s resolution is a big jump up from the original PSVR’s 960 x 1080 pixels per eye. The Valve Index offers the lowest resolution at 1600 x 1440 pixels per eye, beaten by the Quest 2’s 1832 x 1920 resolution.
In terms of field of view, an important factor especially in VR gaming, the Valve Index scores with a field of view of 130 degrees. PSVR 2 comes second with a 110-degree field of view, and Oculus Quest 2 comes third with a more restricted 90-degree field of view. The Valve Index is also at the top with up to 144 Hz in terms of refresh rate. PSVR 2 and Oculus Quest 2 both have a screen refresh rate of up to 120Hz, slightly lower than the Valve Index.
PSVR 2 & Oculus Quest 2 both have built-in cameras for tracking
In terms of cameras and tracking, another standout feature of VR gaming, PSVR 2 and Oculus Quest 2 both feature inside-out tracking with 4 cameras built-in for headset and controller tracking. PlayStation VR2 also uses an IR camera for eye tracking per eye. The Valve Index doesn’t use built-in cameras, instead opting for 2 SteamVR base stations. However, it is rumored that Valve is working on a successor to the Valve Index headset that will use eye-tracking, similar to the PSVR 2. PlayStation VR2’s eye-tracking is an exciting and unique selling point of the PSVR 2, helping to increase player immersion in the virtual reality game they are playing.
PSVR 2 replaces PlayStation Move with new Sense controllers
One thing that sets the PSVR 2 apart from the original PSVR is its headphone jack. The Valve Index opts for built-in off-ear speakers instead, and the Oculus Quest 2 combines the two, giving users the option of built-in speakers and a headphone jack. An improvement on the 2016 PlayStation VR that used PlayStation Move controllers, the PSVR 2 features PlayStation’s new Sense controllers designed for the PlayStation 5. PlayStation Sense controllers have haptic feedback and adaptive triggers like the PS5 DualSense controller. Oculus Quest 2 and Valve Index also use proprietary controllers: the Oculus Touch and the less creatively named Valve Index controllers.
The Oculus Quest 2 is more versatile than PSVR 2 or Valve Index
Another consideration for gamers is whether or not they want a wired connection to another device. For games that require a lot of movement, like Beat Saber, a wireless headset might be preferable. On the other hand, the ability to connect a VR headset to a PC or console opens up opportunities to play a wider variety of games. PSVR 2 is only compatible with a PS5, meaning it cannot be used without one. This could be a deal breaker for many potential buyers as Sony’s PS5 stock shortage has continued since the console launched in November 2020.
The Valve Index also relies on a wired connection to a gaming PC rather than a console. This is a bit more versatile than the PSVR as it grants access to all SteamVR games. However, the Oculus Quest 2 is the clear winner here as it can be used wirelessly due to its built-in storage capabilities. The Oculus Quest 2 can also use a wired connection to a gaming PC to access SteamVR’s catalog as well.
PSVR 2, Oculus Quest 2 & Valve Index – Which VR Headset is the Best?
When it comes to specs, there’s no clear leader between PlayStation VR2, Oculus Quest 2, and Valve Index. Instead, it comes down to the buyer’s preferences and which key features of a VR gaming experience are most important to them. When it comes to screen resolution, the PSVR 2 has a higher resolution than other VR headsets, with an impressive 2000 x 2040 pixels per eye and utilizing OLED display technology. If buyers want portability and freedom of movement, Oculus Quest 2, which can cast to TV and PC, is the best choice. The Valve Index has the widest field of view and is the only headset of the bunch with a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz.
However, it’s worth keeping in mind for potential buyers that both Valve and Meta (formerly Facebook) are currently working on new VR headsets that will offer improved specifications from the Valve Index and Quest 2. Given Valve’s current focus on its Steam deck, it’s likely the Valve Index 2 won’t be released until 2023. The Quest 3 is also expected to arrive in 2023, with Meta rumored to be releasing a high-end VR headset, the Quest Pro, sometime this year. PlayStation, meanwhile, has yet to provide a firm release window for PSVR 2.
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