2021-06-21

Sony confirms development of ‘next-generation VR system’ for PS5

Sony has announced that it is developing a "next-generation VR system" for PS5. It will have better resolution and field of view, a new VR controller with 'DualSense' haptics, a single cord, and more.    

PlayStation VR for PS5

In 2016, Sony launched the PlayStation VR headset for PlayStation 4. It was a decent product but it had some clear limitations, some of them linked to the not-powerful-enough PS4. There has been a lot of speculation about whether Sony would continue with VR on PlayStation 5 since other companies, including Microsoft Xbox, have abandoned their plans for VR gaming. The speculation can now end. In a press release, Sony has shared the news that it is currently hard at work developing next-generation virtual reality for PlayStation 5.

Sony confirms development of 'next-generation VR system' for PS5

Sony's PlayStation VR headset from 2016

- "Today I’m pleased to share that our next-generation VR system will be coming to PlayStation 5, enabling the ultimate entertainment experience with dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity," said Hideaki Nishino, SVP of platform planning, Sony PlayStation. "We’re taking what we’ve learned since launching PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input. It will connect to PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use, while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience. One of the innovations we’re excited about is our new VR controller, which will incorporate some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller, along with a focus on great ergonomics." All of this will add up to "an even greater sense of presence" for a more immersive gaming experiences, according to the company. Sony said that there is still a lot of development underway so the new VR system will not launch in 2021. The company will share more details about its plans closer to launch. - Source: Sony