The headset comes with the introduction of a new PSVR controller (which appears to replace the PS Move sticks) that “incorporates some of the key features of the DualSense wireless controller and focuses on great ergonomics.”
However, the headset will not be available this year: “Our new VR system is still under a lot of development, so it won’t be launched in 2021,” the blog post read. “But we wanted to give this early update to our fans as the developer community started creating new worlds to explore them in virtual reality.”
SIE CEO Jim Ryan confirmed in an interview with GQ that the headset has no official address and that development kits are “going out soon.” Ryan also described it as “a whole new VR format for the PS5.” Ryan indicates that we will learn more about the new headset later this year.
The work on the successor to PSVR was a bit of an open secret thanks to reports and patents showing PlayStation’s investments in this area. Over the years, Sony has filed a patent for VR-compatible prescription glasses, a new potential PSVR controller (which included research into a Valve Index-style controller, a patent that allows viewers to shuffle players in VR, and and much more Last year, it was pointed out that the PlayStation is working on a “next – generation VR head – mounted display”.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s leading news editor, Podcast Beyond! And the leader of the PlayStation. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.