Games: Sony readies PSVR2 plus raft of exciting VR-enhanced titles
REALITY sucks these days, but in little over six weeks dedicated helmet-heads will be able to pamper their peepers on Sony's latest virtual reality boondoggle, the PSVR2.
As the first console manufacturer to really give VR a shot on PS4, expect its follow-up to offer groundbreaking goggles when it arrives on February 22.
Cocking a snook at the cost of living, PSVR2 will set players back an eye-watering £530. For that, you'll get the headset and controllers, plus a pair of stereo headphones – though an even pricier bundle packs in Horizon Call of the Mountain for £570.
It's actually very good value for the tech – specs suggest Sony's headset will be one of the most advanced on the market, with Facebook's lower-resolution rival Meta Quest costing £500.
Though PSVR2 may pack advanced guts, it'll need a strong line-up if it hopes to land with a bang, and Sony promises over 20 games at launch. Get an eyeful of these highlights...
HORIZON CALL OF THE MOUNTAIN
PSVR2's marquee title is a spin-off from the Horizon series with brand-new character Ryas, former Carja warrior seeking redemption. Franchise favourite Aloy will still pop up, though, in what promises to be a showpiece for the new headset.
THE DARK PICTURES: SWITCHBACK VR
This follow-up to one of the PSVR's best launch games promises all the fun of the fair in an on-rails shooter spanning four scenarios from the Dark Pictures anthology, including a ghost ship, witchy New England and vampire-infested desert.
If they can improve on the original's roller-coaster vibe, it'll make Disneyland look like Barry's Big Dipper.
It's only taken 22 years, but pyrotechnic PS2 launch title Fantavision finally gets a follow-up in this reimagining of the fireworks puzzler where players detonate matching-coloured rockets in the night sky. With immersive use of VR, this should be far from a damp squib.
MOSS AND MOSS: BOOK II
One of the original PSVR's best, mousey adventure Moss is getting a glow-up for the new hardware, making use of its eye tracking, haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. What's more, it lands alongside a full-blown sequel.
STAR WARS: TALES FROM THE GALAXY'S EDGE – ENHANCED EDITION
Who doesn't want to play as a droid repair technician? Well, fill your space boots as you battle against the First Order alongside C-3PO and R2D2. With new unlockable missions that let you become a Jedi or teach your own padawan, this enhanced edition of the VR hit will look better than ever.
Other launch lovelies include co-op shooter After the Fall, anime-inspired robot sword-slasher Altair Breaker, Demeo, a VR take on classic Dungeons & Dragons, and free VR upgrades for PS5 hits Resident Evil Village and No Man's Sky.