PSVR 2 vs Oculus Quest 2: Differences, graphics, specs, features games, price, and which is better

Can’t decide which VR headset to buy? We’ve got you covered…

by Oliver Barsby

Will PSVR 2 vs Oculus Quest 2 become the new Xbox vs PlayStation? Or the next Apple vs Android? It’s too early to say, but with the backing of Sony and Facebook alongside the growing VR market, this could easily become a divisive point for gamers.

So, with the PSVR 2 headset set to launch next year, it’s time to pick a side.

While Sony has yet to give us too much details about the PSVR 2 beyond a few snippets, there’s enough to make some educated predictions about what the VR headset will be like.

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Here’s a rundown of the differences and similarities between the PSVR 2 and Oculus Quest 2, alongside our recommendations.

PSVR 2 vs Oculus Quest 2 specs and graphics

The Oculus Quest 2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 CPU and 6GB of RAM. It supports 1832 x 1920px per eye via an LCD screen, which can run up to 120Hz in its experimental mode (90Hz is the current default setting).

Sony has yet to confirm the specs of its PSVR 2 headset, but the latest rumours suggest its display could slightly beat out the Quest 2’s. Japan Display – a company partially owned by Sony – announced in 2018 it has created a 2160 x 2432px display that could operate at a 120Hz refresh rate. This display is not confirmed for the PSVR 2, but it’s the most likely option for Sony.

As for the power, we know that the PSVR 2 will run exclusively on the PS5 via a single cord. The wired tether may deter some who are more used to the freedom given by the Quest 2, but it has its benefits. Given the PS5’s immense processing power, featuring 16GB of GDDR6 RAM on a custom AMD Zen 2 GPU, it will likely outperform the Quest 2 in terms of sheer power.

This could mean the PSVR 2 will be capable of running VR games with higher system requirements, such as Half-Life: Alyx. However, as the Oculus Quest 2 can also connect to a PC (wired or wireless) to stream these games, it can match the PSVR 2 if necessary.

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PSVR 2 vs Oculus Quest 2 price

The Oculus Quest 2 costs either £299/$299 for its 64GB model, and £399/$399 for its 256GB model. This is widely seen as one of the most affordable VR headsets on the market, with the Valve Index costing £919 for the whole kit.

Sony hasn’t confirmed the PSVR 2’s price, but we’d expect the company to also target a more affordable price range that has proved popular with consumers. After all, this is one reason why the Quest 2 has sold so well.

The original PSVR cost $399, and we’d expect Sony will want to keep its VR headset around the same price range- although this time hopefully includes the camera and all the necessary equipment without forcing consumers to buy them separately. However, you’ll also need a PS5 to use the headset, adding around $500 to the cost- if you can find one, that is.

It seems likely that Sony’s PSVR 2 will be slightly more expensive than the Quest 2, but here’s how Sony might justify the price…

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PSVR 2 vs Oculus Quest 2 features

The Oculus Quest line of VR headsets brought in a range of unique features that have revolutionised the way people use VR. Sony will likely want to adopt some of the features for its own VR headset.

The most striking similarity comes in the PSVR 2’s controllers, which will adopt a similar design to that of the Oculus Quest 2. Featuring what Sony describes as an “orb shape”, this circular design bears resemblance to the Oculus Quest 2’s Touch controllers. Both controllers also feature finger tracking.

PSVR 2 Controllers

However, the PSVR 2 controllers will further build on this, implementing the Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers found on the DualSense controller. These features have been widely praised by PS5 owners, and so should make a significant improvement on the current PS Move controllers for the PSVR. The controllers are also in black, which will please those PlayStation fans who wanted a black PS5 and black PS5 controller.

The tracking systems in the PSVR 2 and Quest 2 are both similar, but could also different. Both VR headsets will track the VR controllers directly using the headset, but when it comes to other methods of tracking, they deviate. The Quest 2 uses inside-out tracking using its cameras to detect your environment and movement. This alleviates the need for an external camera setup, as required for the base PSVR system. Sony has yet to confirm whether PSVR 2 will also need an external camera, and if it does, this could put some VR players off.

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PSVR 2 vs Oculus Quest 2 games

When it comes down to it, the most important aspect for any gaming device – whether a console or VR headset – is its games.

The Quest 2’s library of games is pretty strong. It includes all the classic VR games that are a must-have, such as SUPERHOT, The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners and Beat Saber, alongside some great exclusives. Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge and The Climb 2 can only be played on Oculus devices, for example. It is lacking in running the most powerful VR games currently exclusive to PC-based VR systems (so basically Half-Life: Alyx), but this can be mitigated if you connect the Quest 2 to a PC.

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Will Half-Life: Alyx come to PSVR 2?

The PS5 is backwards compatible, meaning it works with all the PSVR games currently available. For those who haven’t used PSVR, this includes the likes of Beat Saber and SUPERHOT alongside exclusives, such as Iron Man VR and Astro Bot Rescue Mission. Hopefully, this backwards compatibility allows for these games to be played using the PSVR 2 headset, which could see the titles receive a next-gen upgrade, too.

It’s also likely that Sony will launch its PSVR 2 headset with some pretty stellar exclusives, similar to the PS4 and PS5. The company has yet to confirm any exclusive PSVR 2 games, but we’ll likely hear about them pretty soon – perhaps around the E3 season.

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PSVR 2 vs Oculus Quest 2: Our Verdict

It’s still difficult to compare the two VR headsets given the current information we have on the PSVR 2. However, these are both likely to be the dominant VR headsets going into 2022 and beyond.

But, you came here for a verdict, and we’ll give you one. The Quest 2, given its affordability and ease of access, will always be our recommendation for those first jumping into VR gaming and who don’t want to splash out too much. For the more hardcore VR veterans, the PSVR 2 is the inevitable next step up in VR that will likely include a robust selection of exclusives, as long as you already have a PS5.

Finally, Facebook has already confirmed it is currently developing the Oculus Quest 3 and Oculus Quest 4. So you might also want to hold off on the Quest 2 in case a successor comes along.

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Oliver Barsby