Sony on Tuesday confirmed that it is working on the next generation of the PlayStation VR system and will offer the first details of the new hardware for the PlayStation 5. The next-generation PlayStation VR “represents dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity” and “an even greater sense of presence,” said Hideaki Nishino of Sony Interactive Entertainment at PlayStation Blog.
The PlayStation VR for PS5 will also get a new controller inspired by the PS5 DualSense, and only a single wire is needed to connect.
“What we’ve learned since the introduction of PS VR on PS4 is being used to develop a next-generation VR system that further enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input,” Nishino said. “It connects to the PS5 with a single cable for ease of installation and ease of use, while allowing for a high-fidelity visual experience.”
Nishino said Sony is working on a new VR controller that “incorporates some of the key features of the DualSense wireless controller, with a focus on great ergonomics”. The current PlayStation VR system supports DualShock 4 and PlayStation Move controllers, a PlayStation 3-era technology.
Sony’s next-generation PlayStation VR won’t launch in 2021, Nishino said, but confirmed that developers are currently working on early hardware.
The original PlayStation VR was launched in 2016 for the PlayStation 4, and a more modern version of the hardware was released the following year. Originally priced at $ 399, the headset was relatively inexpensive, but was a pretty good solution for consoles, and Sony has continued to support the platform with new games over the years. PlayStation VR is currently supported on PlayStation 5, but requires an adapter.