Sony is staying in the business of virtual reality, on Tuesday announcing the next edition of the PlayStation VR headset that is being developed for PlayStation 5.
This headset is described as “our next-generation VR system” that will deliver the “ultimate entertainment experience,” according to PlayStation’s Hideaki Nishino.
Nishino said this VR system will provide “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,” Nishino explained.
Nishino went on to say that PlayStation’s engineers are taking the learnings from the exisiting model of the PSVR and using that feedback to inform where to go with the new one. Very little in the way of specifics is known about the headset, and no images were shared, but Nishino confirmed it will not be wireless.
The new headset “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,” Nishino said.
The new PSVR headset for PS5 will also use a new VR controller that makes use of some of the “key features” in the DualSense controller for PS5, 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,” Nishino said.
It’s still early days for the new PSVR headset for PS5–it won’t launch in 2021–but Nishino said it wanted to tell fans that something new is coming and that developers are already working with it.
“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,” Nishino said.
Finally, Nishino said Sony as a company remains committed to helping VR take off.
“With both PlayStation VR and the next-generation VR system we’re building, our commitment to virtual reality as a medium for games is stronger than ever. We look forward to sharing more details in the future,” Nishino said.
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