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PSVR 2 includes 4K panel, foveated rendering, gaze tracking, haptic motors – report

PlayStation's PSVR 2 could be a massive upgrade as a new rumor suggests the hardware comes with a 4K panel, foveated rendering, gaze tracking, and haptic motors.

As per a new report from UploadVR, the next-generation PlayStation VR headset that's confirmed to be in development at Sony may be set to include a 4K panel, resulting in a total resolution of 4000x2040 (meaning you'll be treated to 2000 x 2040 per eye).

For anyone keeping track, that'll put the headset fairly high up in the pecking order of VR headsets, with the PSVR 2 coming in with a higher resolution than the Oculus Quest 2 (which is capped at 1832 x 1920 per eye).

UploadVR also reports that the in-development hardware refresh will have inside-out tracking, something we've seen hinted at for PSVR 2 before. Inside-out tracking allows the PSVR controllers to work without the need for external sensors, making them more versatile and allowing you to use them in tighter spaces.

The report also mentions gaze tracking for foveated rendering, which may prove to be the biggest update if it is indeed featured in the hardware. The tech basically allows developers to focus resources on where you're looking once you're 'in' a virtual reality location, meaning the area in your direct sightline can feature increased draw distance, better rendering, and so on.

This will give developers the ability to leverage the PS5's power in areas only where it's immediately necessary, hopefully allowing for impressive visuals and minute loading times – even when working at 4000x2040 resolution.

The report also notes that the headset will feature a USB-C connection, suggesting the headset will not be wireless.

Sony has been keeping the next-gen version of PSVR under wraps for the most part, though we have heard a little about what it's planning to do with its controllers in an official update that went live earlier this year.

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