Going against the popular trend, Playstation VR 2 uses a cable. However, Sony has been looking into wireless VR.
Hideaki Nishino, Sony’s SVP of Platform Experience, shared his thoughts in an interview with the Japanese video game magazine Famitsu.
When asked why Sony is using cables as the solution, Nishino says it’s the only way to make the most of the PS5 and PSVR 2, but they are also open to other possibilities.
“We also understand that going wireless will give you another experience, so we’re always looking at all possibilities and doing technical research. However, there is still the issue of how far the cable solution can be replaced with a wireless one in terms of performance,” Nishino says.
Different from Wired Data Transmission
People who use standalone devices like Meta Quest 2 and Pico 4 on their PC can tell that wireless PC VR streaming is getting better. Nevertheless, this type of usage is not quite up to par yet when it comes to image quality, connection stability, and latency compared to wired data transmission.
That is what Nishino is pointing out: Sony’s VR system plans to provide a premium VR experience with no trade-offs – but wireless VR isn’t quite there yet.
Aside from the factors mentioned, the power supply likely also contributed to Sony’s decision to utilize a wired connection.
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Weight and Cost of the Device
If Sony had gone with a wireless connection, it would have meant adding a battery and extra processors to the VR headset, which would’ve increased its weight and price.
With the Playstation VR 3 and advanced network technology, Sony may not have to make the same compromises as before.
Nishino expressed his excitement for the launch of Playstation VR 2, which – in terms of both hardware and content quality – is excellently equipped. He believes PSVR 2 will bring a “completely different level of immersion.”
PSVR2’s Software Lineup
When asked about the PSVR2’s games Nishino said Sony hasn’t released all of them yet, and more could be revealed in early January at Sony’s CES event.
Even though the price tag for the product is a bit high at $550 or €600, Nishino believes it is still worth it due to their features and experiences. He adds, “We expect you to purchase it.”
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