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PSVR 2 vs Oculus Quest 2: how do the two virtual reality headsets compare?

How does Sony’s upcoming PSVR 2 compare to the Quest 2, and which virtual reality headset is right for you?...
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With Sony’s PSVR 2 set to launch toward the end of 2022 – supply issues permitting – its main rival in the virtual reality space is likely to be the Oculus Quest 2 (though Oculus has now rebranded as Meta). But how do the two headsets compare?

Things are pretty close when it comes to the overall specs of the two headsets, but there are a few key differences that are worth bearing in mind. We’ll touch on the strengths and weaknesses of each, and make some educated guesses along the way, to help you decide which one is right for you.

So, when it comes to PSVR 2 vs Quest 2, which VR headset should you buy? Read on to find out the similarities and differences between two of the hottest headsets in the VR space.

PSVR 2 vs Quest 2: price and release date 

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We’re still waiting to find out exactly how much PSVR 2 will cost, but a quick look at the original PlayStation VR’s launch price may give us a clue as to what we can expect if it hits Sony’s suggested release date of late 2022.

The original price for a full PSVR bundle was $499 (£399, about AU$650), which is a fair chunk of change to depart with when you consider you’ll also need a PS5 to use it. The PSVR 2 is set to include the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller, but $499/£399 could be too expensive for some.

In comparison, the Quest 2 was released on October 13, 2020, and the 128GB version typically sells for $299 / £299 / AU$749. There’s also a 256GB version available for £399 / $299 / AU$639. Unlike the PSVR 2, the Quest 2 is a standalone device, which means you don’t need a PC, console, or an additional screen to use it. 

PSVR 2 vs Quest 2: design and features

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Sony showed off the PSVR 2’s headset design, and it’s very similar to the company’s PSVR model. Sony says the new headset is slimmer, lighter and includes an adjustable headband, adjustable scope area, and a lens adjustment dial. There’s also a vent that should keep you cool when gaming.

The PSVR 2 uses a 4K HDR OLED panel, with a resolution of 2000 x 2040 per eye. The refresh rate will be 90Hz – 120Hz, with a field of view of 110 degrees. The PSVR 2 also supports inside-out tracking, is capable of eye tracking, and includes foveated rendering.

Sony has also included a number of sensory features in the PSVR 2 which the company hopes will increase player immersion. The PSVR 2 will support Sony’s Tempest 3D audio tech, and the PSVR 2 Sense controller will make use of haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and finger tracking. The headset itself will also contain a built-in motor that can replicate sensations such as an object passing by your head.

The Quest 2 uses an LCD panel, has a resolution of 1832 x 1920 per eye, which is lower than the PSVR 2, but is capable of the same refresh rate of 90Hz – 120Hz. There’s also inside-out tracking, but no eye tracking on the Quest 2. Its field of view is smaller, too, at 90 degrees.

The Quest 2 comes with a pair of Touch controllers, which have a baton-like handle, triggers for your forefingers and grips, as well as face buttons and analog sticks. These controllers can be tracked by the headset, which allows games to accurately portray your hands and arm movements. 

Unlike the Quest 2, which is completely wireless and doesn’t require a PC, console, or any additional hardware, you’ll need a PS5 if you want to use the PSVR 2. Sony’s PlayStation VR2 also needs to be connected to the PlayStation 5 using a single cable. You can hook your Quest 2 up to a PC, too, if you want to play certain more graphically intensive VR games. 

One thing that might deter some Quest 2 users, however, is that you currently need to log in with a Facebook account. This has been tipped to change in the future by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said the company is “working on making it so you can log in into Quest with an account other than your personal Facebook account”, but it’s unclear when that change will come into effect.

PSVR 2 vs Quest 2: specs 

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The PSVR 2 certainly sounds like an impressive device on paper. In fact, the specs suggest that Sony’s headset will be one of the most advanced headsets on the market, as things currently stand. Sony shared the full specs of the PlayStation VR 2 at CES 2022, which you can find below: 

PSVR 2 specsDisplay MethodOLEDPanel resolution2000 x 2040 per eyePanel refresh rate90Hz, 120HzLens separationAdjustableField of ViewApprox. 110 degreesSensorsMotion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer))Cameras4 cameras for headset and controller tracking, IR camera for eye tracking per eyeFeedbackVibration on headsetCommunication with PS5USB Type-CAudioInput: Built-in microphone, Output: Stereo headphone jack

The Quest 2 is no slouch when it comes to specs, however. The headset may already be over a year old, but it will still provide a fantastic experience. It also has the added benefit of being a standalone and wireless device, something which no other headset can offer. Check the full specs of the Oculus Quest 2 below to see how it compares to the PSVR 2: 

Oculus Quest 2Display MethodLCDPanel resolution1832 x 1920 per eyePanel refresh rate90Hz, 120HzLens separationAdjustableField of ViewApprox. 90 degreesSensorsMotion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer))Cameras4 cameras for headset and controller trackingCommunicationWireless (can be tethered to a PC)AudioIntegrated positional audioBattery life2-3 hoursStorage128 GB, 256 GBProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon XR2 platform

PSVR 2 vs Quest 2: games 

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The PSVR 2 will likely be home to a number of exclusive titles that you won’t find anywhere else, like Horizon Call of the Mountain, a new spin-off game in the Horizon series. We expect that Sony’s headset will also attract some of the most popular VR games, too, like Beat Saber, and there’s a strong possibility we could see upgraded versions of older PSVR games that take advantage of the new hardware and PS5

It’s unclear whether the PSVR 2 will be backward-compatible with older games, but we seriously hope it is. Having a large library of titles to play on day one would certainly be a boon to new adopters, and make the PSVR 2 feel like a more appealing purchase to those who may already have amassed a large selection of VR titles.

The Quest 2 already has a vast library of games to play right now, and because you can tether it to a PC, that expands its library further. Titles like Superhot VR, Tetris Effect, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim all work great on the Quest 2, and you don’t need to stump up any cash for any additional hardware.

PSVR 2 vs Quest 2: verdict 

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It’s also difficult comparing a device that’s available right now to one that’s set to arrive in the future, but it’s clear that Sony’s PSVR 2 headset will be a strong contender for best VR headset if it releases this year.

The Quest 2 may be bested by the PSVR 2 when it comes to specs, but it has two big advantages: wireless play and the fact you don’t need to buy any additional hardware like a PlayStation 5. With VR adoption growing slowly, the need to purchase a $499 / £449 console and headset separately is quite a large barrier to entry and could mean that only a small portion of PS5 owners take the plunge.

Sony could also face stiffer competition in the form of the Quest 3, which will feature improved specs and maintain many of the key selling points of the Quest 2, such as a lower price and wireless play.

Ultimately, it’s software that will help drive hardware sales of both devices, and with VR games becoming more popular with each passing year, it’s great to see that Sony is sticking with virtual reality after the PSVR’s somewhat middling performance.

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