The upcoming VR headset that most might be eyeing right now is the PlayStation VR2. However, this second interaction of Sony’s first VR headset is being released for the PlayStation 5 exclusively, so don’t expect this hardware to be compatible with the previous generation PlayStation 4 platform. Likewise, if you think getting this headset would mean accessibility for the PC, then you’re unfortunately wrong. Already we see reports online from developers claiming that it would take a behemoth amount of work even to get a picture to run on the display.
That’s just a picture, and it doesn’t look like five years would even be an adequate amount of time to get the VR headset to work correctly on a PC. This information is shared online and comes from iVRy’s developer, who was responsible for allowing the PS VR to run on the PC. As we head into the release of the PlayStation VR2 headset, it’s worth going out to remind consumers that are picking this unit up in hopes that PC support would come unofficially and might want to hold off. In a post on Reddit, the developer noted that the first integration of the PlayStation VR headset took five years before it operated well on PC. Even then, it’s still considered in beta for the most part.
This is also the amount of time it took developers to reverse-engineer the headset. It’s worth noting that there wasn’t anything in place to give developers a further headache to bypass. Most feel Sony is adding some extra security measures with this upcoming hardware release. Ultimately, this means you’re looking at far longer than five years to get this headset to connect with the PC and start resembling a VR headset. At that point, you’re dealing with old hardware that will likely already be surpassed by other headsets and technologies.
If you want to enjoy the PlayStation VR2 headset, which looks like quite the upgrade, you’ll be forced to also have a PlayStation 5 console. That shouldn’t come to much of a shock at this point. However, expect to throw down some money for the setup, especially if you don’t already own a PlayStation 5 console. After all, the PlayStation VR2 headset alone will run gamers $549.99. That’s quite a bit of money right there without the cost of a PlayStation 5 console. But if you already own a console or don’t mind throwing down the extra money to get your VR experience up and running, the PlayStation VR2 will launch on February 2, 2023.