Sony bares all in a full teardown of PSVR 2 and controllers
Sony proudly revealed the inner workings of its Playstation VR 2 headset and Sense Controllers, providing expert commentary along the way.
Third parties usually post teardown videos, but Sony was pleased enough with its headset that Takamasa Araki, head of the Mechanical Design team, did the honors, disassembling the Playstation VR 2 and sharing insightful details on the components.
The symmetrical design, attention to detail, and simplicity are immediately apparent. Many parts snap into place with no need for screws, and only a little adhesive is used to prevent dust from entering the optical components.
An interesting moment arrives at about 4 minutes 20 seconds in when Araki explains the PSVR 2 cooling fan. It does more than keep electronics cool – the fan also prevents the headset from getting steamy. The fan pulls fresh air through a gap in the light shield, so your face should remain cool and dry, even during intensive gameplay.
Araki takes the headset apart using only a screwdriver, tweezers, and his hands, demonstrating a well-planned design.
A teardown of the PSVR 2 Sense Controller was also posted.
A DIY repair dream guide
Beyond the fascinating unveiling of Sony's design choices, the video will serve as an excellent guide to disassembly for anyone exploring future DIY repair options.
A teardown video can also be helpful when adding accessories or customizations. Rather than tentatively prodding and pulling on components, it's perfectly clear how the pieces come apart.
The design is clean and easy to understand. Just nine screws need to be removed to expose the inner components. Even inside, tweezers and a screwdriver were the only tools needed to dig deep.
Sony still has nothing to hide
This isn't the first time Sony has posted a teardown video of its own hardware. The original Playstation VR, along with the Playstation 4 and 5 consoles, received the same treatment.
It speaks to Sony's confidence in its hardware that the PSVR 2 and Sense Controller teardown videos were posted over a week before the Playstation VR 2 ships.
The final statement from Araki, automatically translated from Japanese to English by YouTube, states that Sony focused on making the PlayStation VR 2 as light and compact as possible while maintaining features and durability. The teardown reinforces these ideas with concrete details of the design.