The Best PS VR2 Accessories That Will Upgrade Your VR Experience

In 2016, Sony introduced console gaming audiences to VR with the PlayStation VR (PS VR). The peripheral is home to some pretty awesome games, including "SUPERHOT VR," "Until Dawn: Rush of Blood," and "Ghost Giant." 

However, while the PS VR is a solid product, it is also somewhat flawed, not helped by its dependence on the PlayStation Camera and Move controllers (both sold separately) and inherent incompatibility with the PlayStation 5 unless you buy an adapter. But now, the PS VR2 solves most of those problems.

Unlike the original PS VR, the PS VR2 is a complete experience all in one box. The device comes with controllers and doesn't require external cameras. Sure, you still need a PS5 to store and play the games, but connecting the headset to a gaming platform is true for almost all VR peripherals. 

Reviews paint a pretty picture for the PS VR2's immersion, especially thanks to its eye-tracking functionality, but there's always room for improvement. While we probably can't expect a PS VR2 Version 2.0 to release anytime soon and fix its issues, we can always buy an accessory or two to improve our experiences.

Hard drive space is at a premium these days. Sure, most consoles and gaming PCs come with around 1 TB, but a fat lot of good that will do if you fill it with games that ask for around 100 GB of space each. You can either uninstall these games to make room for PS VR2 titles, or you can just install more storage space.

While previous PlayStations let owners store digital copies of games on external hard drives, the PlayStation 5 comes with the option to slot an additional SSD directly into the console. These "accessories" (which are really just standard computer components) come in a variety of sizes and prices, but all give gamers more hard drive space to work with.

Admittedly, some SSDs for PS5 are better than others and can double or even triple a console's hard drive space, depending on the size. Better yet, if you buy the right SSD, you can end up improving game load times — so long as you install a game in that SSD's directory. Regardless, an extra SSD can help gamers store more PS VR2 games. Or just store more PS5 games period. Either way, get an extra SSD for your PS5.

The most obvious accessory gamers can use to replace the vanilla earbuds are Sony's Pulse 3D headphones. Its claim to fame is the "3D audio," which is supposed to provide a better, more realistic soundscape that accurately depicts sounds coming from different directions. Honestly, what could be more fitting for a VR headset designed to put gamers in the middle of the action?

Of course, gamers have more options than just the Pulse 3D headphones. The SteelSeries Arctis 7 and 7p are also popular, albeit expensive, choices since they offer surround sound and a microphone. However, the Arctis line has a serious advantage over the Pulse 3D since it can support two audio inputs simultaneously so long as one of them is physically connected to the headphone. That seems like a useless feature until you realize it lets you play VR titles while also communicating with a Twitch audience at the same time.

Playing VR games and watching 3D movies is fun, but speaking from personal experience, the glasses and headsets they rely on don't behave with prescription glasses. Depending on the strength of a prescription, the image might be out of focus. To fix this problem, you can purchase some specialized accessories.

Companies such as VR Optician develop lenses users can insert into their VR headsets. These include "plano lenses" that aren't designed for vision correction and just protect the device's lenses — probably worth investing in regardless — and prescription lenses. Of course, in order to actually order the latter, you have to know how to read your prescription, so you might want to consult your optician for help.

Currently, VR Optician offers corrective lenses for every VR headset on the market save the PS VR2, but the site promises those are coming soon. And, you can sign up for email notifications so you can order them as soon as they're available. No matter when you purchase VR Optician's lenses, though, prepare for a wait. The company is situated in Germany, and many customers have reported that their orders have gotten stuck in customs for up to a month. Still, the results are worth the wait.


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