All the PlayStation VR2 Announcements From Sony’s State of Play

Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) State of Play presentations have become the company’s de facto way of making its PlayStation announcements, rather than event linked press events. The most recent showcase was jam-packed with exciting details, most notably a selection of virtual reality (VR) titles for PlayStation VR2.

No Man's Sky - PSVR2

If you did somehow miss all of the buzz surrounding what VR titles have been added to PlayStation VR2’s roster then take a look below.

Resident Evil 4 VR

The Resident Evil series has gone from strength to strength in VR in recent years, with Resident Evil 4 revived last year for Meta Quest 2. The State of Play event revealed that a PlayStation 5 edition is due for release on 23rd March 2023, showcasing the title in all its next-gen glory. Then, right at the end, was a PSVR2 tease, simply saying that “PlayStation VR2 content also in development”.

No indication of whether that’s full support or for bonus “VR” content as some PlayStation titles have done in the past. However, the PS5 version won’t be a 100% port of the original as Capcom will be: “reimagining the storyline of the game” whilst “modernizing the graphics and updating the controls.” So it won’t purely be a pretty makeover.

Resident Evil Village

There was more Resi good news, this time with Capcom confirming the very latest instalment, Resident Evil Village will be getting official VR treatment. Resident Evil Village will fully support PlayStation VR2, taking advantage of the headset’s eye tracking, motion controls and other features.

That means dual-wielding weapons, so you can switch up strategies by mixing between weapons. This was teased in the reveal trailer but no date was mentioned.

Horizon Call of the Mountain

Firesprite and Guerrilla Games teased Horizon Call of the Mountain earlier this year with a very brief trailer. Now, the teams have given gamers a much deeper look at the upcoming VR experience, the creatures they’ll encounter and the locations that await.

With SIE previously stating it wanted to move away simple “VR experiences” and from the gameplay trailer shown Horizon Call of the Mountain looks set to do just that. The PlayStation Blog confirms there will be a main story as well as an “immersive River Ride experience” that can be enjoyed by others watching on a connected TV.

No Man’s Sky VR

And for those eager to spend countless hours with their PlayStation VR2 on, Hello Games is working on bringing its popular space exploration title No Man’s Sky to the device. As it’s already available for PlayStation VR, the PSVR2 edition will: “take that sense of immersion and believability up by several major notches,” notes Hello Games’ founder Sean Murray. 

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution

Having dropped the first teaser gameplay trailer for The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution back in March, Skydance Interactive and Skybound Entertainment released new footage of the zombie survival adventure whilst confirming both PlayStation VR and PlayStation VR2 support.

Continuing the story of The Tourist surviving the walker-infested streets of New Orleans, the PSVR2 version will offer enhanced visuals and haptic feedback support. This sequel is coming to supported headsets in 2022, with the PlayStation VR2 arriving in 2023 – seemingly confirming the headset’s launch next year.  

SIE still hasn’t specified a release window or price for the upcoming headset but it’s looking more and more likely that 2023 will be the year. What has been detailed is the fact that 20+ videogames are currently earmarked for the VR devices’ arrival. As further details are made available gmw3 will let you know.

‘No Man’s Sky’ Currently in Development for PSVR 2, Possibly Arriving as a Free Update

The redemption arch for one of the biggest flops in gaming history still isn’t over. Hello Games announced at PlayStation’s State of Play that it’s bringing No Man’s Sky to PSVR 2.

No Man’s Sky has been playable on PSVR for around three years now with the launch of the game’s ‘Beyond’ update in 2019, however now the massive space exploration sandbox is looking to immerse users on PSVR 2 as well.

Hello Games says in a PS blogpost that with the power of PlayStation 5 and the PSVR 2 headset and Sense controllers, that it combines to “take that sense of immersion and believability up by several major notches.”

At very least, the addition of Sense controllers will certainly up the immersion as users will not only have significantly better controller tracking, but also better haptics all around, which should make punching out of atmo that much more realistic.

And that’s not even taking into account that PSVR 2’s display resolution is significantly higher than its aging predecessor. PSVR 2 also features head-mounted haptics and eye-tracking, which will be interesting to see too. Check out our comparison guide between PSVR and PSVR 2 to see just what the hardware has to offer.

The studio says it will be talking more about the specific features of No Man’s Sky for PlayStation VR2 in the coming months. We’ve seen other games announced at State of Play that suggest a 2023 launch, although Hello Games hasn’t said as much.

If it’s anything like its launch on PSVR though, support for PSVR 2 could likely land as a free update to the base game.

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Every PSVR 2 Game Revealed At State Of Play

This week’s State of Play PlayStation Showcase was a big one for PSVR 2.

Sony promised a sneak peek of games for its upcoming headset and it didn’t disappoint. In case you’re catching up, here’s every PSVR 2 game announced and shown during the event.

Resident Evil 4 Remake (PSVR 2 Supported Content)

Sony kicked off the show with a bang. We got our first look at the anticipated remake of Capcom’s survival horror epic, Resident Evil 4. The game will be a reimagining of the 2005 original with updated controls and new story elements. But the end of the trailer also confirmed that the game with have “PSVR 2 Supported Content”.

Note that this doesn’t confirm the full game will be playable inside VR; it sounds like we might get an additional mode or something similar. Of course, you can already play the original Resident Evil 4 in VR on Quest 2, which is exclusive to that platform. Might that exclusivity deal have something to do with the PSVR 2 content on offer here?

Resident Evil 8

Still, even if we don’t get the full Resident Evil 4 Remake experience in PSVR 2, we will be getting all of last year’s horror hit, Resident Evil 8, in the headset. A trailer showed the game being played with PSVR 2, including full motion controls with new elements like manual reloading and dual wielding weapons.

This one had long been rumored for PSVR 2 support and it made sense given that Resident Evil 7 was one of the first AAA games to implement the original PSVR headset. We can’t wait to revist the entire game inside VR once PSVR 2 is out. Of course, if you can’t wait that long, there’s already an incredible VR mod on PC.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Chapter 2 – Retribution

Another easy win for PSVR 2, the follow-up to Saints & Sinners was confirmed to be coming to the headset in 2023. We got a new trailer showing us more of the game than we’ve ever seen before, and confirmation that it’ll hit the original PSVR in 2022 and PSVR 2 next year.

That latter point is pertinent, as it seems to be the biggest hint yet that Sony’s next headset won’t arrive until 2023. Either way, we’re excited we’ll get to play the next game in one of our favorite VR series on the new device.

No Man’s Sky

Once again, we’d predicted we’d get a look at Hello Games’ sci-fi epic running on PSVR 2 at the show and we weren’t disappointed. No Man’s Sky already includes great VR support on PS4 and PC, so it stands to reason that the PSVR 2 support will be great. Expect this support to come via a free update, much as the original VR integration did a few years ago.

Horizon Call of the Mountain

The PSVR 2 section of the show closed out with another look at the PSVR 2-exclusive. This time around we seemed to get definitive proof that this will be a full game and not just a short, on-rails experience. We saw the player wielding a bow and arrow to take on robotic dinosaurs, much as you do in the core series. More than that, though, this seemed to be a really compelling graphical showcase for PSVR 2, and we’re likely to see the headset’s other new features implemented, too.


And that’s all the announcements for PSVR 2 at this week’s State of Play. We still didn’t get any release information for the headset itself, though it’s looking increasingly likely we’ll get it in 2023.

What reveals got you excited? Did Sony convince you to pick the headset up? Let us know in the comments below!

No Man’s Sky PSVR 2 Support Confirmed For PS5

The PS5 version of No Man’s Sky will be getting PSVR 2 support.

That much was confirmed during Sony’s State of Play broadcast today. We got a brief trailer for the game showing off some of its newer features.

No Man’s Sky PSVR 2 Support Confirmed

Of course, No Man’s Sky already supports the original PSVR on PS4 as well as PC VR headsets. Support came to the expansive sci-fi game in an update called No Man’s Sky Beyond in 2019. Every update for the game since then has included VR support.

In fact, the PS4 version of No Man’s Sky already includes upgraded visuals for PSVR users if they’re playing on PS5. Either way, the new version of the game is likely to include technical enhancements.

Will you play No Man’s Sky on PSVR 2? Let us know in the comments below!

No Man’s Sky Gets A Space Whale, Alvo Getting New Map – VR Games On Our Radar This Week

No Man’s Sky getting space whales and more maps for Alvo are just some of the new VR games and updates on our radar this week!

Every week we get a lot of updates on new VR games at Upload – so much so that we don’t have time to cover them all. This week we talked about news from Fast Travel Games, Outlier, Shores of Loci and more, but here are some other titles we didn’t get to take a look at.

Lockdown VR: Circus Of The Dead

This is a curious little VR escape room game. You find yourself locked in a dressing room at a circus and work with friends to solve a series of challenges and unlock the exit. You’re also bears. Because why not? Look our for a Steam launch on June 1.

Cave VR

Cave VR

A strange-looking VR puzzler. You’re trapped in a cave a need to find a way out, but mysterious ruins present different challenges along the way. Visually it looks pretty interesting, but who knows if the gameplay will hold up. It comes to Steam on June 3.

Garden of the Sea

Garden of the Sea Update

Neat Corp’s adorable VR farming sim is back with another round of updates. A free patch this week added new merchants to the game, which means new trinkets to decorate your islands with.

No Man’s Sky

Another month, another significant new update for one of VR’s biggest games. The Leviathan update adds a new expedition that traps players in a time loop with roguelike mechanics. This comes with an enromous space whale you that can recruit into your fleet. Can this game get any better?

Real VR Fishing

Real VR Fishing

New stages are coming to the VR fishing game and they’ll be free for anyone that owns the original US West DLC. Starting in June you’ll get bi-weekly updates with new environments, the first landing you in Utah. Stay tuned for an official release date soon.

Alvo

A whole host of new content is coming to multiplayer FPS, Alvo, in the near future. That includes a free new map called Retreat, which is arriving soon. You can also expect a launch on PC VR headsets and community maps, too.

Zombie Range

Practice your throwing arm in this sort of football game that has you chucking a ball at cardboard cutouts of the undead. Aim for high scores and reach the top Slayer level. Or, y’know, go outside and throw a real ball. It’s out now on App Lab.

 

No Man’s Sky Update Lets You Become An Outlaw

It’s been a few months, which means it must be time for another No Man’s Sky update.

This time around developer Hello Games is introducing the Outlaws Update, with a focus on shady dealings and space pirates. You’ll now find Outlaw systems that are much more hostile than other areas in the game. Should you so choose, you’ll have the option to go on missions set by pirates, smuggle illegal goods across the galaxy and slip past the authorities.

With so much focus on space-based action, Hello Games is also making some key changes to ships and flight. Space combat has been overhauled to be more responsive, with new visual effects from weapons and shields being added to enemy ships. Weapons now have secondary effects and you’ll also be able to fight within a planet’s atmosphere.

But that’s not all; you can now assign wingmen to form a squadron, and there’s also a new solar starship type, which is the first to be added to the game since the living ships update from a few years ago.

As you can see in the trailer above, there’s also new cosmetic items like capes that come with new cloth simulation physics, so you can feel like a superhero as you smuggle goods.

As always, you can expect all of this content to work in the VR version of the game too. At this point, No Man’s Sky must surely be the biggest VR title out there? That makes us all the more hopeful for a PSVR 2 version when the headset launches later down the line.

‘No Man’s Sky’ Sentinel Update Brings Combat Overhaul, Graphics Bump for PS4 Pro

No Man’s Sky’s redemption arc isn’t over yet, as the open universe space sim has added some new combat challenges to the game in its 3.8 update, dubbed ‘Sentinel’. If you’re playing on PSVR via PlayStation 4 Pro, the update also includes a bump in image quality.

Hello Games released its latest update on all supported platforms yesterday, including PSVR on PS4 and PS5, and SteamVR headsets on PC.

There aren’t a ton of VR specific updates here—No Man’s Sky is already fairly well optimized for VR gameplay. Besides the image quality boost for PS4 Pro users, the studio says it’s modified the positioning of player weapons when in VR, something that ought to help with aiming more naturally. Not much, but we’ll take it.

The Sentinel update instead centers on combat, or more specifically those nosy little police drones that litter the game: sentinels. Up until now, they’ve been mostly just an annoyance, but now sentinels are getting a big boost in abilities for some more engaging PvE action.

Image courtesy Hello Games

You’ll also be able to install a Minotaur AI Pilot within the Exomech, basically making for a mech buddy who follows you around and helps out in combat. There’s a bunch more, including active camo and a few new weapons to play with too.

Here’s an abbreviated list of changes in the Sentinel update. Check out the full change log here.

  • Three new types of Sentinel Drone have been added: Heavy Combat Drones, Repair Drones and Summoner Drones.
  • Sentinel Drones now deploy static combat shields, creating a dynamic battlefield. Players may manoeuvre to take advantage of these shields for themselves, or open fire to destroy the shield.
  • The sentinels now deploy their forces in greater numbers, to create more dramatic firefights.
  • A new high-level Sentinel has been added, the Hardframe Battle Mech.
  • PC support for AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution 1.0 has been enabled.
  • A new class of weapon has been added – the Neutron Cannon, a charged energy weapon that does not use projectile ammunition.
  • A new class of secondary grenade launcher has been added – the Paralysis Mortar, stun projectiles with a blast radius.
  • A new class of secondary Multi-Tool utility has been added, the Cloaking Device.

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