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Rumor: PlayStation VR2 to Launch in Q1 2023

Rumor: PlayStation VR2 to Launch in Q1 2023 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 28 February 2022 / 1,408 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan earlier this year confirmed the next-generation virtual reality headset from PlayStation will be called PlayStation VR2 and last week revealed the design for the headset

What Sony has yet to announce is the release date for PlayStation VR2. YouTube channel PSVR Without Parole, who leaked details about PSVR2, claims the next-generation VR headset and controllers will launch in the first quarter of 2023. 

The YouTube channel claims that the ongoing semiconductor shortages has lead Sony to want to have a decent amount of stock available for PSVR2 at launch, which is why it isn't launching in Holiday 2022. 

This should be treated as a rumor until an official announcement is made.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments
Hynad (on 28 February 2022)

There is almost too many games to occupy my time until PSVR2 comes out.
I am getting this day one, for sure, but it’s not like I’m starving for games as it is.
Still, can’t wait to experience the upgrade.

Now, if Capcom could take this time to develop a VR mode into Resident Evil Village… REVII is still one of the best VR experience I had, and its omission in Village feels like a wasted opportunity.

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VAMatt (on 28 February 2022)

That seems very strange to me. Nearly all major hardware launches occur in the fall these days.

I guess I can see where a Q1 launch makes some sense though. Maybe the shortages won't be so bad, and they'll be able to have a supply straightened out by their first holiday season.

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gtotheunit91 VAMatt (on 28 February 2022)

It is strange to an extent, yes, but this is also a VR product which is still a very niche market. Latest information I can find as of the end of 2019 is that the first PSVR sold 5 million units after 3 years on the market.

VR is also still moderately expensive to get into since in this case, you'll need to spend at least $400 on a PS5, then I'm expecting another $400 to the get PSVR2. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it may be more expensive than that since the original PSVR was $400 at launch, and the tech in PSVR2 is looking really sick and much higher quality!

But due to the niche market and potentially higher cost to buy, I wouldn't be surprised if Sony did release it in Q1 so they won't have to spend so much on holiday season marketing for a product that isn't expected to sell gangbusters. I'm really hoping it'll be successful though and start to push VR into the mainstream! Having the Horizon game at launch will be a great killer app to have, and it would be great if Sony could work with Valve to get Half-Life: Alyx ported over as well!

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VAMatt gtotheunit91 (on 28 February 2022)

Yeah. I suppose if we consider PSVR2 to be more of an enthusiast item, rather than a "major" piece of hardware for the mass market, a non-holiday launch seems more reasonable.

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Zeldadude VAMatt (on 28 February 2022)

The Switch launched in March and look how that turned out.

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twintail (on 28 February 2022)

Sounds like a minor delay, np

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Azzanation (on 28 February 2022)

Id be checking this out, Quest 2 got me into VR, PSVR2 looks like a decent kit.

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