Sad day for anyone dabbling in the PlayStation 5 (opens in new tab) Gaming, especially those sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for high-end VR to grace the world of console gaming.Back in January, we welcomed PS5 owners to a high-end VR party (opens in new tab)but it seems we may have gone a little too far.
as KitGuru report (opens in new tab)Supply chain analyst Ross Young recently tweeted that VR display shipments have grown an unprecedented 50% this year to about 15 million units. But Young also mentioned by the way that despite “the delays from Sony and Apple,” KitGuru believes that means PS VR2 will be delayed until 2023.
VR display shipments will grow >50% to >15 million in 2022, despite delays from Apple and Sony until 2023. The Great Leap Forward is expected in 2023. https://t.co/4m1FfgkeoMApril 11, 2022
Since PlayStation hasn’t made any official announcements of this kind, we can’t verify that this is the case. Technically, PS VR2 never had an official release date, so “delayed” is likely the wrong word here.However, we expect it to launch before the end of the year, although there have been some Projected Q1 2023 release window (opens in new tab) more realistic.
this DSCC analysis (opens in new tab)Accompanying Young’s tweet was a healthy uptake of new AMOLED panels used in high-end VR headsets, such as the 4K HDR panels expected for the PS VR2. Each eye has a resolution of 2,000 x 2,040 and a PPI of 1,001.
It noted that over 800 PPI is “an all-time high for mass-produced AMOLED.”
While the increase in shipments may indicate pressure on the VR display market, that doesn’t mean PS VR2 has been delayed. We’ll have to wait for an official comment from Sony before making any concrete comments on the matter. But at least to us, it’s all still very positive for the future of high-end console VR. If more games are designed for high-performance virtual reality headsets, they have a better chance of appearing on PC.
Of course, if Sony decides to let us have fun, anyone looking to use the PS VR2 with their prized gaming PC will be happy to hear that its USB Type-C connection might make it a relatively seamless integration.
When I say fun, I mean inside-out and eye-tracking, 90/120Hz refresh rate, 110-degree field of view, and latency expected to be in the 2.2ms range. And with centerpoint rendering, the headset’s internal processor doesn’t have to work that hard.
Of course, it still falls short 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 the most out of both without buying another VR headset.