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Sony's next-gen PSVR 2 headset looks to have HDR OLED displays

The 2022-targeted VR upgrade for the PS5 looks impressive, according to a report of a recent developer meeting.

Sony revealed some details of the next-gen PSVR earlier this year. The specs are sounding even more impressive based on new reports.

Sony has already revealed some details on its next-gen sequel to the PlayStation VR headset, but a new report of a closed-doors developer meeting confirmed by Upload VR makes the hardware sound even more impressive.

According to a YouTube report by Bryan Paul of PSVR Without Parole, the PSVR 2 headset will have an OLED display capable of HDR. The 2,000x2,040 pixels-per-eye display will also have eye tracking and technology to deliver higher-res graphics onto the display with less processor strain. One technology called foveated rendering uses eye tracking to deliver higher resolutions just to where your fovea is focused; the other, flexible scaling, should also assist on the PS5 hardware end. Kotaku also detailed some of the features this new headset could enable, based on the new reports.

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Sony already previewed its new VR controllers for the next-gen PSVR 2, which have force-feedback adaptive triggers like the DualSense controller. Sony also will apparently have vibrating haptics inside the headset as well as on the controllers, plus finger-sensing awareness via capacitive touch, similar to how the Oculus Touch controllers on the Oculus Quest 2 and Rift S can sense finger placement on the analog sticks, triggers and buttons. We already know that the PSVR 2 will connect via a single USB-C cable to the PS5 when playing games.

While the PSVR 2 should work with existing PSVR games, it seems there's also a big push for a new wave of deeper VR games, similar to how Valve developed Half-Life: Alyx. According to the report, developers are also being encouraged to make hybrid games that run on the PS5 and on the PSVR 2 headset, much like Capcom's Resident Evil 7.

The PSVR 2 isn't expected to be formally announced until next year, but it's looking to be significantly more advanced than its 2016 predecessor.