Playstation VR 2 could meet expectations that PC VR has disappointed in recent years at a relatively fair price.
Simplicity prevails, so I’ve mostly been playing Meta Quest 2 in standalone mode since 2020. When I bother to fire up Air Link, it’s usually to play the weird VR game at a higher resolution and sharper graphics. pleasant.
Something to whet the appetite, the desire for more powerful technology. When I take a detour to the VR version of Sky’s Edge or City 17, I realize the potential for gaming support that isn’t hampered by mobile chips. It’s an aha moment that is quickly forgotten in my daily life in virtual reality.
PC VR is increasingly becoming a luxury
Speaking of performance, the last graphics card I bought was a GTX 970, which offered excellent value for money in 2016 and opened the door to the first wave of PC VR gaming. Thanks to a generous donation, I then got my hands on a GTX 1080 Ti, which extended the life of my aging machine.
Since then, the graphics card landscape has changed. With the crypto craze, the chip crisis and Nvidia’s pricing policy, graphics cards have reached a permanently higher price point. Looks like you’re getting less for your money today. And if you’re a VR purist like me, who hardly ever plays or works on a regular PC monitor, you don’t see the need to buy a graphics card much over $500.
Especially since PC VR is stagnating and exclusive titles have become a rarity. 2016 was different: Steam was the main virtual reality platform alongside Playstation VR and the ultimate in VR gaming.
Sony is now the torchbearer of high-end VR and hopes to reignite its fire again
That’s where Playstation VR 2 comes in. Sony’s VR system could fill the void left by PC VR and deliver high-end VR for relatively little money – measured by the cost of a new PC and the hardware offered by Playstation VR 2.
Which PC VR compatible headset can offer features like eye tracking, high contrast OLED display and high quality haptic VR controllers for $550?
Software for Playstation VR 2 should also not be ignored: I mean VR games like Horizon Call of the Mountain, Firewall Ultra, Switchback VR and many more that will probably be reserved for PSVR2.
Even if I have to buy a PS5 specifically for VR, I’m still better than investing in an overpriced graphics card just to play years-old PC VR titles.
Of course, PC VR retains its enduring strengths as a software experimentation platform, modding station, and multimedia platform. But given Sony’s offer, I wonder how many frustrated PC VR fans will migrate to Playstation VR 2 and what it will ultimately mean for SteamVR.