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PSVR 2 controllers: everything you need to know about the PlayStation VR2 Sense

PSVR 2 controllers - Close up shot of the PlayStation VR2 Sense Controller
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Sony has officially revealed the PSVR 2 controllers accompanying PSVR 2 for the PS5 - and we can't wait to get our hands on them. 

The Japanese company shared the official name for its new PS5 peripheral at CES 2022, the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller. Sony confirmed PSVR 2 was officially in the works back in February 2021 and since then, it has slowly revealed more information over time. We found out all about the PSVR 2's specs at CES 2022, and we've finally been shown the PSVR 2's headset design.

The PSVR 2 controllers look to enhance VR immersion with built-in haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and finger-touch detection, sporting a more orb-like design that should make them more comfortable to hold. They also have a similar design to the DualSense controller and Pulse 3D Headset, with rounded edges and a white and black aesthetic.

In other words, it's time for the PlayStation Move controller to move over; there's a new controller in town. PlayStation VR and the PS4 are on their way out. Want to know more? Read on for everything we know about the PSVR 2 controllers.

PSVR 2 controllers: cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next version of PlayStation VR's input accessories
  • When is it out? Early 2023
  • How much will it cost? TBC - but a set will be bundled in with PSVR2.

PSVR 2 controllers release date and price

PSVR 2 controllers

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Sony revealed the PSVR 2 controllers in a blog post (opens in new tab) in March 2021, a month after publishing another surprise blog post (opens in new tab) which confirmed PSVR 2 is happening, working exclusively with PS5 hardware. Since then, we've learned this peripheral is officially called the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller and it'll almost certainly be bundled with the PSVR 2 hardware.

According to Sony via a Twitter (opens in new tab), PSVR 2 launches in early 2023.  More specifically, it seems like we'll be playing PSVR 2 at some point between January to March next year. There's absolutely no doubt the PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers will align with this. 

So, how much are we expecting PSVR 2 controllers to cost? One pair will almost certainly be bundled in with the hardware, but much like the PS Move controllers, Sony will likely offer standalone pairs for purchase, too. PlayStation Move controllers were initially available for £35 / $35 for PS3, or with the PlayStation Eye camera for £50 / $50. The Navigation controller (the equivalent to the Wii's nunchuck) attachment was an extra £25 / $25. 

Given that the VR controllers share many technical elements with the DualSense pads, which cost $69.99 / £59.99 / AU$109, these VR gamepads could get pricey.

It's unclear whether the PSVR 2 controllers will have additional attachments, but we expect that the individual pricing would be slightly more than $35, with a pair costing more again, given the tech built-in. Sony hasn't confirmed pricing at this time though, so this is still speculation at this point.

PSVR 2 controllers design

PSVR 2 controllers

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The PSVR 2 sense controllers look considerably different to the PlayStation Move controllers. Sense controllers are black and have an orb-like shape, which Sony claims makes them feel more natural to hold, offering a "high degree of freedom". Sony also claims that this design means there's no constraints with how players move their hands, allowing developers to create "unique gameplay experiences".

Furthermore, Sony said that the controllers are built with ergonomics in mind, taking into account varying hand sizes and insights from previous PlayStation controllers. This means that the sense controllers should feel well-balanced and comfortable to hold.  

From the images we've seen, each PSVR 2 controller has two buttons (the left has Triangle and Square and the right has Circle and X), an analog stick, a "grip" button (L1 or R1, can be used to pick up in-game objects) and either an Options button (right controller) or Share button (left controller). Each controller has an adaptive trigger, finger-touch detector (more on that below) and what appears to be a charging port on the bottom. A wrist strap is also visible in some images.

PSVR 2 controllers features

PSVR 2 controllers

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The PSVR 2 sense controllers look to improve immersion with significant new features, similar to what we've seen in the DualSense, which were absent from the PS Move controllers.  Thanks to the adaptive triggers, we can expect Sense to add palatable tension when pressed. So, for example, when drawing a bow in a game, you should feel the string's tension in the trigger, feeling more realistic. 

Another feature the PSVR 2 sense controllers take from the DualSense is haptic feedback. Haptic feedback uses touch to communicate with players, allowing you to feel sensations from a game through the controller itself. So, for example, in Astro's Playroom for PS5, when you're walking through sand, you can feel the texture difference reverberated through the DualSense controller.

The PSVR 2 controllers also have finger touch detection, allowing the controllers to detect where your fingers are without having to press a button. “This enables you to make more natural gestures with your hands during gameplay,” says Hideaki Nishino (opens in new tab), head of platform planning and management at PlayStation.

These controllers will be tracked by the new PSVR 2 headset, achieved through a tracking ring across the bottom of the controller.

PSVR 2 controller specs

PSVR 2 headset design and controllers

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At CES 2022, Sony revealed the official specs of the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller. We'll have to wait until we go hands on determine things like battery life, but here's what you can expect. 

PSVR 2 controller specs
Buttons [Right]PS button, Options button, Action buttons (Circle/Cross), R1 button, R2 button, Right Stick / R3 button
Buttons [Left]PS button, Create button, Action buttons, (Triangle/Square), L1 button, L2 button, Left Stick / L3 button
Sensing / TrackingMotion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer), Capactive Sensor: Finger Touch Detection, IR LED: Position Tracking
FeedbackTrigger Effect (on R2 / L2 button), Haptic Feedback (by single actuator per unit)
PortUSB Type-C Port
CommunicationBluetooth Ver5.1
BatteryType: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery

PSVR 2 controllers: what we want to see

Image of a person wearing a VR headset

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A decent battery life
Despite the upgrade to a Micro USB connection in 2017, the batteries inside the PS Move controllers are still woeful, so we'd love to be able to use PSVR 2 sense controllers for an extended period of time before recharging them. Whether this will happen still remains uncertain as the DualSense controller doesn't exactly hold it's charge well, meaning we often find ourselves needing at least one on constant charging standby. 

Developers utilizing the features
The PSVR 2 controller features sound impressive and we are excited to experience even more immersive VR thanks to haptic feedback and adaptive controllers. However, it's up to developers to actually utilize these features. While we've been impressed by how the likes of Astro's Playroom, Returnal and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart utilize these features on the DualSense, we'd like to see more developers making use of them. Hopefully, they will with the PSVR 2 controllers.

Better accuracy and reliability
The PlayStation Move controllers weren't always the most reliable or accurate controllers, sometimes dropping out mid-game or not doing exactly what you wanted. Hopefully, the PSVR 2 controllers improve on this.

Not too expensive
VR is great fun with friends, so we're hoping Sony is price-conscious with the cost of buying additional pairs of PSVR 2 controllers, especially if they have to be bought in pairs (which seems to be the case). While we're not expecting extra controllers to be cheap, we're hoping Sony doesn't stray too far above the $70 mark (after all the DualSense retails for $70). 

Vic Hood
Associate Editor, TechRadar Gaming

Vic is TechRadar Gaming's Associate Editor. An award-winning games journalist, Vic brings experience from IGN, Eurogamer and more to the TechRadar table. You may have even heard her on the radio or speaking on a panel. Not only is Vic passionate about games, but she's also an avid mental health advocate who has appeared on both panels and podcasts to discuss mental health awareness. Make sure to follow her on Twitter for more.

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