Sony has revealed the first details of the PlayStation 5 virtual reality, confirming that the new PlayStation VR system is in the works, although headphone placement is not expected this year. Sony says the next-generation virtual reality system is still in development and therefore will not be launched in 2021. However, there is still enough to excite virtual reality fans and gamers.
Launched in 2016, PlayStation VR for PlayStation 4 is a console-connected headset that provided VR support for select games and, in time, for content experiences such as YouTube. When the PS5 was launched, meanwhile, Sony was tight-lipped about whether there would be a new PlayStation VR.
Instead, it offered adapters to connect existing headphones to the new, next-generation console. The problem was, with a single 5.7-inch PSVR display running at a resolution of 1920 x 1080, the headset hardly does justice to the graphics the PS5 can do.
Looks like this will be dealt with with the new PlayStation VR for PS5. “We are taking what we’ve learned since the launch of PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-generation VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input,” said Hideaki Nishino, Sony’s Senior Vice President of Platform Planning and Management, He said today. “It will be connected to the PS5 with a single wire to simplify setup and improve ease of use, while enabling an HD visual experience.”
In the years since the original PlayStation VR was released, it’s fair to say that the space for virtual reality headsets has advanced tremendously. Small screens with high pixel density are becoming more popular, as are panels with higher refresh rates. At the same time, prices fell.
Oculus Quest 2, for example, is a completely standalone VR headset. It uses two 1832 x 1920 monitors, one for each eye, with each being rated at 90Hz. That’s a lot more in detail and speed than the PSVR’s single screen.
Not only will Sony’s headphone be a redesigned one, either. Nishino says there will be a new VR controller, inspired by “some key features” that Sony used in the new DualSense Wireless Controller for PlayStation 5, “along with an emphasis on the great ergonomics”.
Obviously, with the PlayStation 5 supply itself still being heavily restricted, and restocking as frustrating as it was in early 2021 as it was in late 2020, Sony’s primary focus at the moment is probably producing the consoles themselves. However, the idea of a high-end VR headset to take advantage of both the PlayStation VR back catalog for PS4 games, and new virtual reality titles in development – which include After The Fall, Sniper Elite VR, and Humanity – will give the Sony platform an edge that Xbox consoles lack. Series X is currently.