PSVR 2 verdict is in, Apple's XR headset to be a "Macintosh moment"

PSVR 2 verdict is in, Apple's XR headset to be a

Our weekly recap: The VR industry's eyes track Sony's Playstation VR 2 this week - How does Sony's new VR headset perform?

Playstation VR 2 reviews are in

In short: Pretty good. There are some criticisms about the hardware, for example the comfort could be improved (depending on your face), the headset still comes with a cable or it doesn't work on a PC.

But overall, the international reviews of the Playstation VR 2 are very positive. Our own PSVR 2 review is also full of praise: Sony's new headset with the Playstation 5 offers high-end VR potential on a PC level.

The next big question will be answered by Sony in the coming months and years: Will PSVR 2 deliver enough entertainment for the money? Sony certainly leaves us wanting more with Horizon VR, adding five VR games to the games list this week alone.

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Apple, please do something now

Apple has reportedly postponed the presentation of its own XR headset to WWDC this summer. Meanwhile, Apple's former XR manager Bertrand Nepveu is raving about the hardware, which he says will create a "Macintosh moment" in the industry.

Nepveu may know more: Apple bought his mixed-reality headset startup, Vrvana, for $30 million in 2017. He said he was employed by Apple from the time of the acquisition until 2021, and was involved in the development of the headset.


A rendering of the mixed reality headset showing the device from the side.

A rendering of the mixed reality headset Vrvana, showing the device from the side. | Bild: Vrvana (Rendering Totem-Headset)

Some players in the XR industry still searching for direction

The XR industry is still unsure of how things will turn out, it seems. Microsoft this week announced its commitment to the "Industrial Metaverse", which is largely about data services. Hololens 2 and XR are just one topic among many. The announcement came on the heels of rumors about the breakup of Microsoft's Industrial Metavese team, which the company has not denied.

Pico, the VR division of Bytedance, announced job cuts, while Tencent is rumored to be pulling out of XR hardware altogether. On a positive note, Pico is going full OpenXR support, promoting a common industry standard.

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