Last February, Sony confirmed that it is working on a next-generation PlayStation VR release for the PlayStation 5. Although we haven’t seen the new headset yet, today Sony gives us a look at the new consoles that will be shipped. Along with it. The original PlayStation VR used either DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move controllers, but the next generation PlayStation VR will use consoles built specifically for virtual reality.
Sony says it designed these controllers to have a circular shape that allows players to “hold the console naturally, while playing with a high degree of freedom”. With all the buttons divided between two controllers, developers have more freedom to create VR games where hand movement is an integral part of the experience – something they might not have been able to do in the past if they had expected most players to use DualShock Four.
Sony says these new PSVR controllers will come with Adaptive Triggers just like the PS5’s DualSense controller, and assuming it’s done well here, it should help with the immersion. We’ll also be able to look forward to haptic feedback, which is once again a cornerstone feature of the DualSense controller.
The controllers will also be able to detect the position of the operator’s thumb, index and middle fingers when in resting position, while the movement of the controllers will be tracked with the headset. The left console hosts an analog stick, a triangle button, a square button, L1 (which doubles as a fist button), L2, and a create button. Meanwhile, the right console is where you’ll find the second analog stick, cross button, circle button, R1 (again another fist button), R2, and options button.
So, it looks like Sony has put some work into creating these new PSVR controllers. The company says these consoles will be shipping to developers soon, and we’ll keep our eyes on the lookout for more details on the next-generation PlayStation VR. Stay tuned.