Despite the PSVR’s compatibility with the PS5, many observers were expecting Sony to announce a new, higher-performance headset for the PlayStation 5.
In January 2020, the PSVR exceeded 5 million units sold, bringing virtual reality into many homes. At that time, Sony refused to talk about the succession, while hinting that it was being considered. Things are now taking shape with the publication of a new article on the PlayStation Blog. It simply serves to unveil the first details of the “next-generation VR system” that will come on PS5:
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.Hideaki Nishino, Vice President of Platform Planning and Management.
Sony also says that the new headset, which will not be released in 2021, should “make everything better”. This should range from the resolution to the field of view and the built-in features. Wishing to simplify the use, the manufacturer indicates that the new headset will connect to the console with a single wire and that it will take advantage of the DualSense features:
“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.”
“There’s still a lot of development underway for our new VR system, so it won’t be launching in 2021. But we wanted to provide this early update to our fans, as the development community has started to work on creating new worlds for you to explore in virtual reality.”
“We also want to thank all of our PS VR players for your continued support — with upcoming games like After The Fall, Sniper Elite VR, and Humanity, there’s much more to come for PS VR whether you’re playing on PS4 or PS5. With both PlayStation VR and the next-generation VR system we’re building, our commitment to virtual reality as a medium for games is stronger than ever. We look forward to sharing more details in the future!”
So we’ll have to wait until at least next year before discovering this new headset, which hasn’t been named yet, although many people expect it to be called PlayStation VR 2.