Tomorrow Sony will finally lift the lid on at least a little bit of what it has primed for PSVR 2.
PlayStation’s State of Play showcase returns at 3 p.m. PT on June 2. In addition to updates on third-party flat screen games, Sony is promising a “taste of several games in development for PlayStation VR2.” The show is expected to clock in in just under 30 minutes.
Recently, the State of Play broadcasts weren’t where Sony made its giant announcements – which were saved for a bigger PlayStation Showcase in 2021 – so we don’t expect an exhaustive amount of information coming our way. But we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a tantalizing tease of what’s to come for the PS5 VR headset, including the reveal of several big titles. These are our predictions.
Horizon Call Of The Mountain gameplay
There are currently a handful of confirmed PSVR 2 games, but Sony’s own Horizon Call Of The Mountain is the only one the company has officially recognized. We only got a few glimpses of the game at CES 2022 in January, but we expect to see more of it tomorrow. Developed by The Persistence studio, Firesprite, Call Of The Mountain will probably take full advantage of most if not all of PSVR 2’s new features in one way or another, so it’s undoubtedly one of the games Sony will be happy to talk about. to have.
New Native VR Games: Firewall 2, Coatsink’s VR Project
While hopes are high for some huge announcements of much-loved series tomorrow, it’s also important that Sony shows its commitment to VR-exclusive developers and games made just for the platform. So we’d expect some news from more dedicated studios making titles you can’t play without PSVR 2. First Contact Entertainment has already confirmed it’s working on a PSVR 2 project and, as developers of the hugely popular Firewall Zero Hour, it seems a sequel a good guess. Coatsink is also working on a PSVR 2 launch title, reportedly a co-op survival game. Again, that seems like a safe prediction.
Flat screen support: Gran Turismo 7 VR and Resident Evil 8 VR
We also expect PSVR 2 to feature a wider range of hybrid VR games that can be played with or without the headset, similar to Hitman 3 and No Man’s Sky on the original PSVR. Such a strategy could tempt PS5 owners to buy a headset to revisit their existing category of games. Out of this category, the two most obvious choices to our minds are Resident Evil 8 and Gran Turismo 7. VR support has been rumored for years, and previous versions in both series supported the original PSVR headset. An announcement for either one would be an easy win for Sony.
Ports & Remasters: Half-Life: Alyx, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Bonelab
With the increased power of PS5, it’s also likely that we’ll see a lot of games jump from PSVR 1 to PSVR 2 with graphics remastered or even enter the PlayStation platform for the first time, as they were only available on PC beforehand. Of this category, Half-Life: Alyx is easily the most anticipated title, which simply makes too much sense not to make it to PSVR 2 at some point. But we also hold out hope for news about VR’s two other powerful action series – The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners with its upcoming second chapter, or Bonelab, the expected successor to Boneworks on Bonelab. Again, any confirmation of any of these three games would be great news for PSVR fans.
No PSVR 2 price known, but maybe a release window
Sony has been remarkably silent on release details for PSVR 2. To date, it hasn’t even mentioned what year it expects the headset to be released, let alone a season, month, or specific day. But that silence is worth a thousand words; It’s clear that the ongoing supply chain problems caused by COVID – which have hampered the shipping and sale of the PS5 itself – have made it incredibly difficult to commit to a timeline. Still, speculation has pointed to a Q1 2023 release and we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that PSVR 2 will indeed miss a 2022 launch during tomorrow’s State of Play. That said, if the kit is still over six months away, we don’t think we’ll hear anything about pricing.
Those are our PSVR 2 predictions for tomorrow’s state of play. Looking for more information about the headset? Keep track of everything we know about the device and any confirmed and rumored headsets here.