It looks like the PSVR 2 may very well be the quality headset it’s priced for, as Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey expressed great optimism about the new VR headset.
In a Twitter response to PlayStation indies head Shuhei Yoshida, Luckey stated that he was “delighted” with the PSVR 2 headset recently unveiled at CES 2023. He added that he believed the original PlayStation VR was “probably greatest success of the generation” and seems to have high hopes for the PS5 peripheral, which will be launched on February 22.
While PSVR 2 is getting a lot of attention thanks to hands-on previews, it bodes well that one of the top figures in the VR industry has spoken so highly of the device. Oculus has undoubtedly been instrumental in bringing VR into the mainstream, and headsets like the Oculus Quest 2 are definitely among the best VR headsets released yet.
I was thrilled the last time I used PSVR 2! The first PSVR was probably the biggest success of the generation, this version will be even better.January 11, 2023
What does this mean for PSVR 2?
So it looks like PSVR 2 will be everything we hoped for. That’s quite a relief considering it’s even more expensive than the PS5 console itself. And while we lament the headset’s lack of backward compatibility and lack of PC support at launch, its impressive specs give us confidence that it’s likely to be a great piece of kit in its own right.
If PSVR 2 is as powerful as we think, then the sky is the limit for the types of software we could see in a VR headset over the next few years. Exclusive games like Horizon: Call of the Mountain excel at launch, but it’s fascinating to see some of the best PS5 games getting PSVR 2 modes and features.
Among them are Resident Evil Village and Gran Turismo 7, the latter of which will also be updated with PSVR 2 support at launch. Resident Evil 4 will also feature PSVR 2 content, so we know the headset can handle industry-leading technology like Capcom’s RE Engine.
But what other titles could we potentially grace PSVR 2 with? Personally, I’d love to see more PS5 games updated with PSVR 2 modes. While Returnal’s fast-paced roguelite gameplay may be at odds with the intimacy of VR, I’d love a chance to experience its eerie, gorgeous environments up close. Although something a bit slower like a Demon’s Souls remake could benefit from VR with its awful atmospheric locations.
Still, I have to agree to one of the more common requests; and that’s to bring Valve’s excellent Half-Life Alyx to PSVR 2. Considered the quintessential VR experience by those lucky enough to try it on more powerful hardware like the Valve Index, it would be a potential killer app for PSVR 2. Because Valve isn’t foreign to porting their releases to consoles, I don’t think Half-Life Alyx is out of the question here.