Probably not a huge surprise for PlayStation fans but today Sony has finally confirmed that the next generation of PSVR for PS5 is being worked on.
Going into more detail on the official PlayStation Blog, we learn more details about what this next generation of PSVR will be with advancements made from lessons learned with PSVR for PS4:
“our next-generation VR system will be coming to PlayStation 5, enabling the ultimate entertainment experience with dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity. Players will feel an even greater sense of presence and become even more immersed in their game worlds once they put on the new headset.
We’re continuing to innovate with our new VR system so that our fans can continue to enjoy the unique experiences that are synonymous with 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.”
Moving away from the wireless experience is quite interesting, perhaps showing a need to use more power via the PS5 console rather than the headset itself. What is no surprise is that the evolution of the next PSVR controller will borrow a lot form the excellent PS5 Duelsense controller:
“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. That’s just one of the examples of future-proof technology we’re developing to match our vision for a whole new generation of VR games and experiences.
There’s still a lot of development underway for our new VR system, so it won’t be launching in 2021. But we wanted to provide this early update to our fans, as the development community has started to work on creating new worlds for you to explore in virtual reality. “
For me, PSVR is not something that has ever grabbed my attention enough to purchase it for my own gaming experience, but there is no denying what an incredible feat it was for Sony to not only make VR more affordable for gamers in hardware but in utilising wireless tech to do so. With the pandemic still causing havoc in just providing enough PS5 consoles themselves for fans, the fact the next generation of PSVR for PS5 is still some time away makes sense as well, even though those who adopted it for PS4 and have a PS5 have to use adaptors to continue to use it for now.
Definitely one to watch in the months to come as more news is no doubt released.