Sony Gives Up On PSVR 2 After Giving Fans Absolutely Nothing

A white PSVR 2 headset next to the controllers in front of a PlayStation blue background
Credit: PlayStation

A white PSVR 2 headset next to the controllers in front of a PlayStation blue background
Credit: PlayStation

Despite launching early last year, PlayStation’s PSVR 2 hasn't had the best start. The virtual reality headset launched with a limited number of titles, and while many hoped the PSVR 2 wouldn't share the fate of its predecessor, it seems that’s the direction it's heading.

Although the hardware makes the PSVR 2 one of the best VR headsets, a lack of ports from the best PCVR games and exclusive titles meant that many people overlooked the device. Adding the requirement of a PS5 console to a $500+ headset deterred many players from investing in this niche peripheral.

Sony is eager to give the PSVR 2 a new lease on life with upcoming PC support, which suggests that console VR is struggling. However, fans need to purchase a PSVR 2 PC adapter on top of the headset’s price, and, worse still, many of the best features aren’t available for PC users.

According to a report from Android Central, Sony is slashing budgets for VR development. For those who own a headset, the report states that “only two PSVR 2 games are in development at Sony.” Surprisingly, as the author mentions in the report, Insomniac Games, known for their experience in VR development, aren't working on any VR games.

This shouldn’t be too surprising for those who have followed updates on Sony’s latest VR headset. Recently, PlayStation halted production of PSVR 2 units to sell old stock first. Given that the original PlayStation VR headset faced a similar fate, it wouldn't be surprising if the PSVR 2 followed the same path. As the saying goes, history repeats itself.

Fortunately, unlike the previous headset, the PSVR 2 will receive PC support. At the very least, those with a PSVR 2 can use it with a VR-ready PC. However, when comparing the Meta Quest 3 and PSVR 2, it’s unsurprising that most consumers opted for the former due to Meta’s consistent support for its VR devices.

If the report is accurate, it’s a real shame that PlayStation is repeating the same mistakes. From our testing, the PSVR 2 is an excellent headset that, when paired with the Sense controllers and various features, provides a truly immersive experience. However, when it comes to value for money, many view the Quest line of VR devices as a better option.

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