Sony announces PlayStation VR2 for PS5 tech specs, releases teaser for launch title Horizon Call of the Mountain

Sony has announced more information about its second-generation virtual reality gaming system, set to be released as an add-on for the PlayStation 5.

How the new headset will look hasn't been revealed and a release date wasn't mentioned, but teaser footage of the first game Horizon Call of the Mountain was debuted.

PlayStation VR2 will feature OLED displays offering 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view, with a resolution of 2000×2040 per eye and a framerate of up to 120Hz, Sony says.

Gamers are used to their hand controllers vibrating to help with immersion, but the PS VR2 headset will also deliver haptic feedback to the player on their head.

"Headset feedback is a new sensory feature that amplifies the sensations of in-game actions from the player," a post on the official PlayStation blog reads.

"It's created by a single built-in motor with vibrations that add an intelligent tactile element, bringing players closer to the gameplay experience. For example, gamers can feel a character's elevated pulse during tense moments, the rush of objects passing close to the character's head, or the thrust of a vehicle as the character speeds forward."

3D Audio functionality will also be offered in the headset offering immersive features such as the Tempest technology itself.

There will be four cameras in the headset that will track the player's gestures and eye movements, but the device won't be wireless like some other VR headsets - it'll communicate with the PS5 via USB Type-C.

Horizon Call of the Mountain is set in the same game world as Horizon Forbidden West, which is being released next month as a sequel to 2017 game Horizon Zero Dawn.

"The stunning visuals and brand-new PS VR2 Sense controllers give a new meaning to being fully immersed into the world of Horizon," says Jan-Bart van Beek, director of gaming studio Guerilla, on the PlayStation blog.

"We don't want to reveal too much just yet, but this story will be told through the eyes of an entirely new character. You will also meet Aloy, other familiar faces, and new characters along the way, and we'll be introducing you to the protagonist of Horizon Call of the Mountain soon."

The PS VR2 announcements were made at the CES expo in the US.

The original PS VR was released on the PlayStation 4 in 2016. With an adaptor that can be used with the PS5, which was released in 2019 alongside Microsoft's Xbox Series X and S; but the PS VR2 system will be the first virtual reality device made specifically for either new-generation console.