CES 2022: PlayStation VR2 Unveiled With OLED HDR Displays, Horizon Call of the Mountain Game Announced

PlayStation VR2 (PS VR2) and PlayStation VR2 Sense controller are now official. I mean, the names, the products already were. At its CES 2022 conference, Sony shared the official name of its next-gen virtual reality headset and VR controllers for the PlayStation 5. Both are predictable and fitting, given the numerical iteration that Sony likes, and that the new PS5 controller is known as the DualSense. Alongside, Sony announced an exclusive PS VR2 game in Horizon Call of the Mountain, based in the worlds of Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West.

Horizon Call of the Mountain will be told through the eyes of an entirely new character, developers Guerrilla and Firesprite said, who will be introduced “soon.” That said, you will get to meet Aloy and other familiar faces in Horizon Call of the Mountain — plus new characters along the way. Horizon Call of the Mountain has been built for PS VR2 and “designed to push hardware technology, innovation, and gameplay.”

Additionally, we have some basic details about PS VR2 — it will offer OLED HDR displays sporting 4K resolution (2,000×2,040 pixels per eye) with a 110-degree field of view. Frame rates will be hover between 90/120Hz. PS VR2 will support eye tracking that Sony believes “allows players to interact more intuitively in new and lifelike ways.” The eye tracking will also enable foveated rendering — this reduces rendering workload as the PlayStation VR2 will only render what you are looking at. That means the PS VR2 will be more efficient and less power hungry and make the most of the PS5’s internals.

On top of all that, PlayStation VR2 has cameras embedded in the headset that allow for inside-out tracking without the need for an external camera, Sony said. The PS VR2 will also feature headset feedback. Sony describes headset feedback as “a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player. It’s created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience. For example, gamers can feel a character’s elevated pulse during tense moments, the rush of objects passing close to the character’s head, or the thrust of a vehicle as the character speeds forward.”

Many of the new details about the PlayStation VR2 are all in line with reports from August and May last year, including the OLED HDR displays, 2,,000×2040 pixels per eye resolution, foveated rendering, and 110-degree field of view. The August report had also claimed that more details would be announced in early 2022, which is exactly what has happened.

Here are the full available specifications for the PlayStation VR2:

  • Display: OLED
  • Resolution: 2,000×2,040 pixels per eye
  • Refresh rate: 90Hz, 120Hz
  • Lens separation: Adjustable
  • Field of view: Approx. 110 degrees
  • Sensors —
    • Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
    • Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor
  • Cameras: 4 cameras for headset and controller tracking IR camera for eye tracking per eye
  • Feedback: Vibration on headset
  • PS5 link: USB Type-C cable
  • Audio —
    • Input: Inbuilt microphone
    • Output: Stereo headphone jack

And these are the full available specifications for the PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers —

  • Buttons —
    • [Right] PS button, Options button, Action buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 button, R2 button, Right Stick / R3 button
    • [Left] PS button, Create button, Action buttons (Triangle / Square), L1 button, L2 button, Left Stick / L3 button
  • Sensing/ tracking —
    • Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer)
    • Capacitive Sensor: Finger Touch Detection
    • IR LED: Position Tracking
  • Feedback: Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Haptic Feedback (by single actuator per unit)
  • Port: USB Type-C Port
  • Bluetooth v5.1
  • Battery: Inbuilt Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery

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Gaming in India in 2021: We Discuss Everything From Best Games to Limited Next-Gen Console Availability

The year 2021 was both exciting and interesting for gamers as we saw a list of titles coming to keep us engaged. A lot of us got a chance to play some of the latest titles this year — thanks to the culture of staying indoors and avoiding physical activities. From Epic Games to Sony Interactive Entertainment, all major publishers brought new games this year. But the growth of titles launching in the year has also made it quite difficult to name the best games of 2021.

On this week’s episode of Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora joins Chief Sub Editor and in-house game enthusiast Shayak Majumder and veteran Indian game journalist and our former Gaming Editor Rishi Alwani. The trio talk about all things games and speak about which were the best ones of 2021.

Rishi calls Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart his favourite game of the year, while Shayak finds Ghost of Tsushima: Iki Island Expansion as his favourite, and Akhil names It Takes Two as his best pick.

One of the prime reasons why gamers found 2021 an exciting year was the launch of several new games for next-generation consoles — the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S | X. It was also the year when the PlayStation 5 debuted in India, though many are still struggling to get their hands on one.

The difficulties in buying the next-gen console aren’t limited to the Sony model as people are not finding adequate quantity of the Xbox Series S | X as well in the market.

Although the supply-side limitation is indeed in place, the availability issue has also grown significantly in the market due to heavy demand for both consoles. COVID-19 restrictions also played their part in the demand, as people are staying indoors and have more leisure time to spend on games.

In 2021, we also saw a large of reports showing different cases of gender discrimination and sexual harassment at various game publishers. The #Metoo moment in the video game industry emerged last year itself. However, the number of complaints increased this year. It not just impacted developers and other people involved in building new games but also manufacturers including Microsoft who started evaluating their relationships with game publishers named in these complaints.

Best Games of 2021: Gadgets 360’s Favourite PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Games

The growth of serious reports coming from different parts of the industry also reflect that game journalism is maturing and moving beyond just new launches and reviews.

We also talk about what all we could expect in 2022 in terms of new titles. Games including Horizon Forbidden West, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Expansion, and the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Weird West are due for next year. Remastered games is a category that will likely grow in the coming future. Life is Strange Remastered Collection will be amongst the key launches coming next year.

You can listen to our complete discussion by hitting the play button on the embedded Spotify player above.

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