PlayStation is teasing a wireless version of the PlayStation VR2, and with PSVR2 being one of the biggest hardware launches in 2023, it looks to be a big leap for the medium. Sony didn’t seem fully comwon didn’t the PSVR headswh thatt. The headset was a bit bulky, the resolution wasn’t high, the controllers were reused from the PS3 the camera that tracked the headset wasn’t very high-end, so it felt like Sony was trying to experiment without cost.
Sony has apparently streamlined the wire situation with PSVR2, but even so, headsets like the Meta Quest 2 are unshakable. Players can connect a cable to the Quest 2, which is optional. With PSVR 2, however, it is required. But that may not be the case forever. Speaking to Famitsu (via Mixed News), Hideaki Nishino, Sony’s SVP of Platform Experience, said that the company is considering a wireless option but has not committed to it due to concerns about performance degradation.
“We understand that wireless can provide a different experience, so we are always considering all possibilities and conducting technical research,” Nishino said. He continued, “However, we still have a lot of work to do in terms of performance to see how far we can go in replacing cable solutions with wireless.
Given that a wireless model means building a headset with reasonable battery life and having to find a way to manage performance (whether streaming or otherwise), it is understandable that Sony did not want to start with a wireless model with PSVR2. A wired solution makes sense, given that the company wants to show that it can indeed make a powerful headset that can compete with other headsets. Only time will tell, however, what the wireless model will look like.