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Sony has lifted the global embargo for PSVR2 unboxings, which means you’re minutes away from seeing some sumptuous LED backlit videos of people cracking open the next-gen headset. While we hope to bring you a similarly glossy video on the Push Square YouTube channel in the near future, we’re happy to confirm one thing: opening the headset is a remarkably uneventful experience.

In this era of immaculate Apple packaging that may seem like a negative, but listen to someone who’s just stashed away the original PSVR headset: it’s actually delightfully refreshing. Sony’s initial entry into the fledgling virtual reality space was a headache-inducing spaghetti of cables, processor boxes, and all sorts of other paraphernalia – the box alone, with its multitude of compartments and sectors, felt like it had been designed by Rube Goldberg.

Here everything is unassuming. As part of PlayStation’s ongoing environmental commitment, all of the packaging can be recycled, and there’s really not a lot to it. A wraparound cover adds some colour and copy to a plain white corrugated cardboard box. Beneath the flap you’ll find a second square box with a USB charging cable, a pair of stereo headphones, and a manual inside.

Then beneath that is the main act itself: the PSVR2 headset and two PSVR2 Sense Controllers. And that’s honestly it – perhaps a little anticlimactic for a $500 piece of hardware, but at least you know you won’t be spending the next 12 hours connecting numbered cables to your console as you wrestle with all the moving parts.

Setup is blissfully straightforward, but we can’t delve into the specifics until a later date. We can say that both the PSVR2 headset and its PSVR2 Sense Controllers beautifully match the aesthetic ethos of the PS5 console and its DualSense controller, and you really get a feel that virtual reality was part of the platform’s design from the outset.

The headset is light and feels well-balanced, with the weight distributed evenly across an impressively cushioned rear band. Meanwhile, the PSVR2 Sense Controllers fit nicely in the hand, and have surprisingly tactile buttons with a satisfying clack to them. The analogue sticks are similar to those on the DualSense, but smaller in size.

Perhaps of most intrigue, the L1 and R1 buttons are stationed around the handle of the pad, enabling you to physically grip objects in-game. The hardware itself feels sturdy and durable, and consistent with PlayStation’s overall commitment to quality, although the proof will be in the testing – and we’ll tell you all about that in the coming days.

Are you looking forward to unboxing your very own PSVR2 headset come 22nd February? Recycle all that cardboard in the comments section, and let us know if you have any questions below. (But please keep in mind, we probably can’t answer a lot of them right now!)