Sony Officially Confirms Next-Gen PS5 VR Headset Coming Post-2021
After years of silence, Sony last week officially confirmed that a follow-up to its original PVR headset, a next generation PS5 VR headset will be released in the future, post-2021. This will be a next-generation virtual reality headset for PS5 consoles.
Not much is known about this next-gen Sony VR headset. There is no official name yet and the headset will not launch this year.
On its PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment revealed that the virtual reality headset will have enhanced field of view, resolution and tracking compared to its original PSVR headset that came out in 2016.
The original PSVR had a 1080p display with the tracking functionality coming from a user-facing PlayStation Camera which followed the lights on the headset and the motion controllers. However, these controllers did not allow for 360-degree tracking.
In the blogpost, Sony’s senior VP for Platform Planning & Management Hideaki Nishino says the new VR headset will bring “dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity.” Hideaki said that the new headset will enable players to feel “an even greater sense of presence and become even more immersed in their game worlds.”
Sony revealed that it is improving everything in the new headset including the resolution, field of view, tracking and input.
This next generation headset will connect to PS5 via a single cord. There is still no mention of a wireless functionality. However, Sony confirmed that the new kit will have a new VR controller which will implement the features that were first deployed in the new DualSense PS5 controller. Sony doesn’t detail what these new features will be but there will plenty of time to find out in the coming months or year. Past Sony patents showed controllers with improved haptics as well as resistant triggers, both of which are seen in the DualSense, and sensors that track the position of the individual fingers.
The announcement last week has come after years of speculation about the prospect of a PSVR 2 or a PS5 VR headset. Numerous patents, talks and research videos have all confirmed that Sony was prototyping some new virtual reality devices but there was no concrete announcement or official admission yet. Besides, executive comments sowed doubt on Sony’s commitment on a possible next-generation PSVR.
The current PSVR is still compatible with PS5 although the setup itself is convoluted and requires an adapter for the PlayStation Camera and the old PS4 controllers. In spite of this, there are still developers who have updated their games to leverage the improved horsepower of the PS5. However, the PS5 games still can’t implement the native support for the original PSVR at the moment.