The headset will also see the introduction of a new VR controller, which replaces the PS Move wands, “which will include some of the key features found in DualSense wireless controllers, along with a focus on good ergonomics.”
However, the headset will not be available this year: “There is still a lot of development going on for our new VR system, so it will not be launched in 2021”, it says in the blog post. “But we wanted to give this early update to our fans, as the development community has begun working to create new worlds that you can explore in virtual reality.”
In an interview with GQ, SIE chief Jim Ryan confirmed that there is no official title on the headset, and that the dev set is “about to go out”. Ryan also described it as a “brand new VR format for PS5”. Ryan indicates that we will learn more about the new headset later this year.
Working on a PSVR successor has been a bit of an open secret thanks to reports and patents showing PlayStation’s investments in the field. Over the years, Sony has filed patents for VR-compatible prescription glasses, a new potential PSVR controller (which has included research on a Valve Index-style controller, a patent to let spectators mess with VR players, and much more). And job listings over the past year have pointed to PlayStation working on a “next-generation VR head-mounted monitor.”