Sony’s PlayStation VR2 is the successor to PlayStation’s original VR headset. The PS VR2 will work with the PS5 and utilize the power of the new console to deliver brand new virtual reality experiences.
A few months ago, Sony announced a few details on the upcoming headset. PS VR2 is set to offer a 4K HDR experience similar to the PlayStation 5 console. Furthermore, Sony has also announced that several games are currently in development for PS VR2.
However, not much is known about the release date for PS VR2. While rumors have talked about a possible 2022 release, it seems like this might not be the case.
According to Industry insider and analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo, PS VR2 will likely launch in 2023. In a recent series of tweets, the analyst has discussed information provided by his sources on the upcoming headset from Sony.
My latest supply chain check suggests that the assembler and several component providers of PS VR2 will start mass production with about 1.5M units shipments in 2H22. Sony may launch it in 1Q23, depending on the development schedule of PS VR2 game titles. pic.twitter.com/NIqFgg4Kjl
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 30, 2022
As the tweet shows, Ming-Chi-Kuo expects a 2023 release date for the PS VR2. This isn’t too surprising. Sony has been struggling with supply shortages since the launch of the PlayStation 5. While the console continues to do well, the demand is far greater than the limited supplies.
Ming-Chi-Kuo further suggests that mass production will begin later this year. According to his sources, 1.5 million units should be ready for shipment by launch. While VR gaming is not as big as console gaming, it would not be far-fetched to expect high demand for the new VR headset.
1.5 million units does not seem like a huge amount for a product from PlayStation. Consequently, the PS VR2 could end up falling victim to scalpers and bots, similar to the PlayStation 5 at launch. Furthermore, it would also be difficult to justify development efforts for PS VR2 if sales are limited due to supply shortages.
PlayStation VR2 is shaping up to be a significant jump over its predecessor. The new headset will feature an OLED display with up to 120Hz support. Sony is clearly investing a lot of time and effort into the new headset.
With franchises like Horizon and Among Us leading the charge, PS VR2 could end up being up being a much better offering than the previous iteration. However, it remains to be seen if demand for the PS VR2 will be met by Sony. Millions are looking forward to the product and the small number of supplies might not be enough to satisfy PlayStation’s fanbase.
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