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PSVR 2 South African price & launch date announced

  • The South African price and launch date for Sony’s upcoming PSVR 2 have been announced by local retailer BT Games.
  • South African gamers can expect to see the system in stores on 22nd February and pre-orders are now available starting at R13 499.
  • Sony has announced 11 new games coming to the PSVR 2 so gamers will have a few titles to choose from, including Resident Evil Village and No Man’s Sky.

The next-generation PlayStation VR system for the PlayStation 5 (PSVR 2) is coming to South Africa on 22nd February 2023, according to local gaming retailer BT Games.

Sony has said that it will be manufacturing more PlayStation 5 (PS5) consoles in 2023 compared to 2022, targeting around 23 million systems for next year. Sony is also aiming for more consoles to be produced for this year’s holiday season, coinciding with the huge launch of God of War Ragnarok.

Pre-orders are now open for South African customers, with the PSVR 2 set for a retail price of R13 499.

The PSVR 2 will be priced moderately compared with what are claimed to be top-of-the-range VR headsets like Meta’s upcoming Meta Quest Pro and Valve’s Index headset which both retail for around R27 000.

This is good news for gamers as the lower-priced PlayStation headset has comparable specifications to Meta’s headset, including almost identical refresh rates. PSVR 2 also has a larger panel resolution of 2000×2040 per eye compared to Meta’s 1800×1920 per eye.

The real test will come down to visual fidelity though. The original PSVR struggled to compete with PC VR headsets in terms of visuals, falling far behind the likes of the HTC Vive and other contemporaries.

Sony seems to understand this and according to BT Games, PSVR 2 comes with 4K HDR visuals in compatible games, with a 110-degree field of view, all made possible through the powerful hardware of the PS5.

Also, it seems Sony’s latest VR headset comes with a simple one-cable setup. Customers of the first PSVR often struggled with the complex four-cable setup, which also included a PlayStation Camera and a separate converter box.

Pre-order offers on BT Games also include Sony’s PSVR 2 controller charging station for R1 099 and the Horizon Call of the Mountain Edition for R14 499.

If you’re not sure what games you’ll be able to play on the next-gen VR system, Sony has you covered as the company recently announced that 11 new games will be coming for the system.

Titles include horror rail-shooter Dark Pictures: Switchback, the Call of Duty-like Crossfire: Sierra Squad, city builder Cities VR, RPG Zenith: The Last City and more.

Already available titles include Resident Evil Village, Resident Evil 4 and No Man’s Sky.

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