It’s a sad day for anyone involved PlayStation 5 (opens in new tab) games, particularly those who are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for cutting-edge VR to grace the console gaming world. In January, we welcomed PS5 users to high-end VR party (opens in new tab)but it looks like we may have jumped the gun a bit.
How KitGuru reports (opens in new tab), supply chain analyst Ross Young recently took to Twitter to reveal an unprecedented 50% increase in VR screen shipments this year, up to around 15 million units. But Young also mentions in passing that despite “delays at Sony and Apple”, what KitGuru took to mean that PS VR2 will be delayed until 2023.
VR screen shipments will increase >50% to >15 million in 2022, despite delays through 2023 at Apple and Sony. Big jump predicted in 2023.https://t.co/4m1FfgkeoMApril 11, 2022
With PlayStation having not made any such official announcement, it is impossible for us to verify that this is indeed the case. Technically, PS VR2 never had an official release date, so “delayed” might be the wrong word here. However, we expected it to arrive before the end of this year, although there have previously been some speculation that a Q1 2023 release window (opens in new tab) it was more realistic.
The Analysis in the DSCC (opens in new tab), which accompanies Young’s Tweet, points to a healthy acceptance of the new AMOLED panels used in high-end VR headsets, like the 4K HDR panels expected from the PS VR2. These are coming with 2000 x 2040 resolution per eye and 1001 PPI.
More than 800 PPI is “a record for mass-produced AMOLED”, he notes.
While the surge in shipments could point to pressure on the VR display market, that doesn’t mean PS VR2 has been delayed. We’ll have to wait for Sony to make an official comment before we can definitively say anything concrete on the matter. But for us at least, this all still sounds pretty positive for the future of the next-gen VR console. If more games are designed for high-performance VR headsets, then there’s a better chance they’ll make it to PC as well.
And, of course, anyone looking to use the PS VR2 with their precious gaming PC will be happy to know that USB Type-C connectivity will likely make it a relatively seamless integration if Sony decides to let us in on the fun.
When I say fun, I’m talking inside-out and eye-tracking, 90/120Hz refresh rates, 110-degree field of view, and expected latency to be in the region of 2.2 milliseconds. And with foveated rendering, the headset’s internal processor won’t have to work as hard.
Of course, it still lacks a little against the tastes of the best VR headphones (opens in new tab)but if you’re bundling a PS5 and a PC, it can be a great way to enjoy both without buying another VR headset.