PSVR 2 unboxing & first impressions: The new Console VR king?
We get hands-on and finally do a PSVR 2 Unboxing!
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With the PSVR 2 release date rapidly approaching, Sony was kind enough to send us a review sample ahead of time, and we’re finally allowed to take you through the PSVR 2 unboxing experience and let you know how it feels.
Unfortunately, as per the inevitable corporate fussiness PDF, we aren’t yet allowed to show you any of the games, or software, or even sneakily point a camera through the lenses.
However, we know you love a good unboxing just like we do, so enjoy our delightful product photography as we take you through the PSVR 2 unboxing experience and give you some of our initial thoughts.
PSVR 2 Unboxing experience
Given how bulky the headset looks, we were surprised that the box isn’t nearly as big as we expected, even initially mistaking the nondescript cardboard box for another product.
Refreshingly, especially compared to the original PSVR, there is relatively little in the box. Only a couple of cables and no ridiculous hub with 12 inputs like the PSVR 2’s predecessor. Just the headset itself, the controllers, and a small flat box containing the few cables you’ll need.
The controllers and the headset are wrapped in soft anti-scratch bags and secured in their own individual form-fitting cardboard sections. This means that the PSVR 2 will arrive in good condition, though there is relatively little protection of the box from impacts from above.
Of course, the biggest difference is that you only need to connect the headset with a single USB Type-C cable. The lack of an external camera and the speed of today’s USB standards make for a far more simplistic setup and gameplay experience. This means you no longer need 14 cables trailing from your head like techno dreadlocks.
PSVR 2: What’s in the box?
- PSVR 2 headset
- PlayStation VR2 Sense controller (Left & right) with wrist straps
- USB A to USB Type-C charging cable
- Stereo earbuds
- 6 earbud size options
- User manual
- Warranty guide
So yeah, far less stuff than the original PSVR, which is good as it streamlines the user experience and creates less inevitable e-waste at the end of its life. If you’re more of a video person, Our Very own Jay has done an unboxing video on TikTok:
PSVR 2 first impressions
Unboxing the PSVR 2 was a nice enough experience and you can really tell that Sony is trying to reduce the amount of waste, as there’s no superfluous foam or stickers, which is always nice to see.
We were pretty stunned by the weight or lack thereof, with the PSVR 2 headset itself weighing 565g/1.24lbs (578g/1.27lbs with the included earbuds.)
This makes sense, though, as the headset is powered by the PS5, meaning that there’s less heavy stuff in there like a Meta Quest Pro for example.
Annoyingly, the lightness has resulted in the PSVR feeling a little cheap to the touch, which is ironic given the $549.99/£529.99 price point. This isn’t the case with the controllers, however. The PSVR 2 Sense controllers feel every bit as solid as the DualSense controllers you’re familiar with and even feature the same variable resistance trigger technology too.
Typically, we’ve already slapped one into a wall by accident it remained unscathed. Glad to see Sony has taken note of how frequently VR controllers are abused.
Comfort is great too, once you adjusted the headband tension and the distance between your face and the lenses. Gratifyingly, the inputs for these are on the headset itself, meaning that you can change it all without going through a million menus, which is great for increasing the accessibility of the VR experience. Additionally, Sony has added a sort of rubber surround to the goggles, so regardless of the positioning, you’ll be mostly isolated from the real world.
In terms of the design, It doesn’t really resemble the original PSVR anymore. Sony has instead opted to lean into the PS5’s black-and-white color scheme, with the inputs of the controllers bearing an especially strong resemblance to the DualSense.
Unfortunately, we don’t love the look of the headset. Sony has clearly prioritized function over form here, as the headset kind of looks swollen and bulbous, like a Meta Quest 2 has an allergic reaction to something.
Presumably, the super rounded shape is a result of making sure that the cameras have adequate FoV to reliably track the controllers, however, surely they could have made the shape a little more streamlined. Of course, as it’s VR the end user won’t much care about the design of the headset, so it’s only really something we noticed when trying to photograph the thing.
PSVR 2 Unboxing & first impressions: First verdict
Well, that’s about all we’re allowed to say right now. Don’t worry, though, we already have plenty of content to read about the PSVR 2, with a full review coming on the 16th of February.
However, as first impressions go, the PSVR 2 has impressed us with its lightness, comfort, and fantastic controllers. We’ll be able to talk about the true user experience soon and we can’t wait!
If you’re anxious to know more, take a look at our other PSVR 2 content below!