It’s a sad day for everyone involved with PlayStation 5 (opens in new tab) Gaming, especially those perched on the edge of their seats waiting for high-end VR to grace the world of console gaming. Back in January, we welcomed PS5 users to the high-end VR party (opens in new tab)but it seems we may be a little hasty.
When KitGuru reports (opens in new tab), supply chain analyst Ross Young, recently tweeted an unprecedented 50% increase in VR display shipments this year to around 15 million units. But Young also casually mentions that despite “Sony and Apple delays,” what KitGuru has taken to mean is that the PS VR2 will be delayed until 2023.
Shipments of VR displays projected to grow >50% to >15M by 2022, despite delays to 2023 at Apple and Sony. Big leap predicted for 2023.https://t.co/4m1FfgkeoMApril 11, 2022
Since PlayStation hasn’t made any official announcements of this nature, we can’t verify if this is actually the case. Technically, PS VR2 never had an official release date, so “delay” might be the wrong wording here. However, we were expecting it to arrive before the end of this year, although there have been a few before Speculations that a launch window for Q1 2023 (opens in new tab) was more realistic.
That Analysis on DSCC (opens in new tab), which accompanies Young’s tweet, indicates a healthy uptake of the new AMOLED panels used in high-end VR headsets, such as the B. the expected 4K HDR panels of the PS VR2. These come with a resolution of 2,000 x 2,040 per eye and 1,001 PPI.
Over 800 PPI is “a record high for mass-produced AMOLED,” it says.
While the surge in shipments might indicate a strain on the VR display market, it doesn’t mean that PS VR2 has been delayed. We’ll have to wait for an official statement from Sony before we can definitely say anything concrete on the matter. But, to us at least, it all still sounds pretty positive for the future of high-end console VR. As more games are developed for powerful virtual reality headsets, there is a greater likelihood that they will come to PC as well.
And of course, anyone looking to use the PS VR2 with their prized gaming PC will be pleased to hear that the USB Type-C connectivity is likely to make it a relatively seamless integration if Sony decides to join us in the fun to share.
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When I say fun I’m talking inside out and eye tracking, 90/120Hz refresh rates, 110 degree field of view and latency expected to be in the 2.2ms range. And with foveated rendering, the headset’s internal processor doesn’t have to work as hard.
Sure, it’s still a little lacking compared to the best VR headsets (opens in new tab)but if you’re packing both a PS5 and a PC, this could be a great way to get both benefits without buying another VR headset.
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