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

Officially called “Sense controllers,” PSVR 2 controllers are the next generation of input devices for Sony’s next-generation virtual reality headset. The recycled PlayStation Move wands that came with the first version of this tech are very different from these smartly redesigned, custom remotes. Read on to learn everything about them.

Now that we’ve done a full review of the PSVR 2 controllers, we can say from experience that the Sense controllers are the real deal. They feel and work better than what we’ve seen so far, but, like the DualSense Wireless controller, they don’t have the best battery life we’ve seen so far.

It’s important to note that everything from the first PlayStation VR will be replaced by PSVR 2 and the Sense controllers, as there is no backward compatibility. You’re in the right place if you already own a PS5 and want to try out one of the best VR headsets. Here’s everything we know about the controllers, including how much they cost and what they can do.

PSVR 2 controllers: cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next version of PlayStation VR’s controllers
  • When is it out? February 22, 2023
  • How much will it cost? $49 / £39 (around AU$70) – but a set is provided


Sony has finally said how much the PSVR 2 will cost, after a lot of talk about it. The PlayStation Blog says that a standard bundle, which includes PS VR2 Sense controllers and stereo headphones, will cost $549.99/€599.99/£529.99. We now also know that an extra pair of Sense controllers will cost $49/£39 (about AU$70). On February 22, both the headset and the controllers, which are part of the whole package, will go on sale.


The PSVR 2 Sense controllers don’t look at all like the PS Move controllers. Sony says that the round shape of the Sense controllers makes them feel more natural to hold and gives you a “high degree of freedom.” The buttons and knobs are black. Sony also says that this design lets players move their hands in any way they want, which gives developers the freedom to make “unique gameplay experiences.”

Sony also said that the controllers were made with different hand sizes and what they had learned from making earlier PlayStation controllers in mind. This means that the controllers should be easy to hold and feel well-balanced.

From what we’ve seen, each PSVR 2 controller has two buttons (Triangle and Square on the left, Circle and X on the right), an analogue stick, a “grip” button (L1 or R1) that can be used to pick up game objects, and either an Options button (on the right controller) or a Share button (left controller). On the bottom of each controller is what looks like a port for charging and a trigger that changes depending on what you’re doing. Some of the pictures also show a strap for the wrist.


The PSVR 2 sense controllers try to improve immersion by adding important new features that were not in the PS Move controllers. These new features are similar to what we’ve seen in the DualSense controllers. Because of the adaptive triggers, we can expect that pressing Sense will add palatable tension. So, when you draw a bow in a game, you should feel the tension of the string in the trigger, which makes it feel more real.

Touch feedback is another thing that the PSVR 2 sense controllers got from the DualSense. Haptic feedback lets players talk to each other through touch, so you can feel things in a game through the controller. So, when you walk through different types of sand in Astro’s Playroom for PS5, you can feel the difference in texture through the DualSense controller.

Finger touch detection is also built into the PSVR 2 controllers. This lets the controllers know where your fingers are without you having to press a button. Hideaki Nishino, head of platform planning and management at PlayStation, says that this lets you use your hands in a more natural way while playing.

The new PSVR 2 headset will be able to track these controllers with the help of a tracking ring on the bottom of each controller.


Sony showed off the official specs for the PlayStation VR 2 Sense controller at CES 2022. We won’t know how long the battery will last until we get our hands on it, but here’s what you can expect.

PSVR 2 controller specs Header Cell – Column 1
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 / Tracking Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer), Capactive Sensor: Finger Touch Detection, IR LED: Position Tracking
Feedback Trigger Effect (on R2 / L2 button), Haptic Feedback (by single actuator per unit)
Port USB Type-C Port
Communication Bluetooth Ver5.1
Battery Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery

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