PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan admits PSVR2 could be years away
Just ten days out from the release of the PlayStation 5, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan seems to have finally killed any hope of fans seeing PSVR2 anytime soon.
Fans already know that PS5's VR support has enough new features to get them excited.
Although the original PSVR headset isn't compatible with PS5 out of the box, owners will be entitled to one free camera adaptor to connect their headsets to the new system. Sony have also announced that a new feature, named PS5 Game Boost, which will improve the performance of select VR titles.
However, despite these announcements and Sony's recent confirmation that they would not release another headset at the same time as a new console, fans were still holding out hope that PSVR2 was set to release sometime in the not-too-distant future.
But in an interview with the Washington Post last week, PlayStation CEO Jim Ran officially poured some cold water on those rumours.
"I think we're more than a few minutes from the future of VR," he claimed. "PlayStation believes in VR. Sony believes in VR, and we definitely believe at some point in the future, VR will represent a meaningful component of interactive entertainment."
So, if Sony is confirming a future for the PSVR - just not now - then when can we expect a new headset?
"Will it be this year? No. Will it be next year? No. But will it come at some stage? We believe that."
So it seems we can finally be sure that Sony's silence on the PSVR2 wasn't to hide some secret reveal. They just really aren't at that stage in development yet: "we’re very pleased with all the experience that we’ve gained with PlayStation VR," he said, "and we look forwarding to seeing where that takes us in the future."
It seems that PlayStation VR 2 will come about only when the technology necessitates it. The company has no plans to release a headset simply to ship alongside a new console generation.
This will be unwelcome news for some, to be sure. But with recent discoveries regarding Xbox VR, the dreams of console VR fanatics may not be dead just yet.