Sony has just announced the follow up to their PS VR system that released all the way back in 2016. Ever since the original headset launched it has played second fiddle to the standard gaming experiences on the console, and never seemed to get the spotlight it deserves.
Hideaki Nishino, Sony’s senior VP of Platform Planning & Management announced the next gen piece of hardware in a blog post on the company’s website. We don’t have much info to go on at this point, but is we were to boil it all down, it will be significantly better than the original.
Here is a short excerpt from the post:
“Today I’m pleased to share that 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.
“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.”
These are some pretty exciting pieces of news. I’m just glad they are moving away from PlayStation Move as their tracking device. With the upgrades in hardware and software that we have seen in the standard PS5, I’d expect this VR experience to far out class the Quest 2 but probably not reach the dizzying heights of the top tiers of PC VR games.
Unfortunately, this headset won’t be here anytime soon, according to the blog post, it will not be releasing in 2021. They didn’t even give a confirmation of the year it will release either. It could release in 2022, or we could be waiting for a very long time.