Sony is working on a next generation VR headset for PS5. The headset will not be launched this year, but Sony is announcing early plans to make it available on the PS5 at some point in the future. Sony’s new VR headset includes an improved field of view, resolution and even a cord to make it easier to use.
“We take what we’ve learned since the launch of PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-generation VR system that improves everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input,” said Hideaki Nishino, Sony’s head of the PlayStation platform and planning. “It connects to the PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve usability, while providing a high-quality visual experience.”
Sony is also working on a new VR controller, which will use some of the features found in the DualSense PS5 controller. The VR controller will also focus on improving ergonomics. “There is still a lot of development going on for our new VR system, so it will not be launched in 2021,” says Nishino. “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.”
Sony will soon issue development kits for its next-generation VR headset, but the company does not yet describe full specifications or release dates. This new hardware is clearly designed to enhance some of the limitations of the original PlayStation VR headset. “Given this was our first virtual reality raid, it gives us a chance to use lessons,” PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said in an interview with Washington Post. “One of the very vivid illustrations of that is that we want to move to a very simple setup with a wire.”
Sony’s original PlayStation VR headset debuted more than four years ago, and you’ll need a special camera adapter to use it on the PS5. Sony has continued to be committed to the accessory, and admitted that VR still has a long way to go. With a next-generation headset in the works, we’ll soon find out which games Sony has planned to improve the future of VR.