Sony declares new PSVR {hardware} for PlayStation 5

Sony declares new PSVR {hardware} for PlayStation 5

Enlarge / You most likely need to put the PlayStation VR headset in your head, not on prime of a brand new PlayStation 5, for an excellent use case. However, hey, you do you.

Sam Machkovech

A brand new era of PlayStation VR {hardware}, together with a brand new controller designed particularly for VR, can be coming to the PlayStation 5 someday after this yr, Sony introduced in the present day.

The quick announcement is gentle on particulars and does not embody any images or prototypes of the brand new headset or controller. Nevertheless it does point out that the subsequent PlayStation VR will embody a better decision and subject of view than the 2016 authentic, which is caught at a considerably dated 1920×1080 decision.

For context, final yr’s $299 Oculus Quest 2 got here in at a complete decision of 3664×1600, and that is for an untethered standalone headset with a lot much less horsepower than the PS5. Valve’s high-end Index headset, in the meantime, sports activities a 135 diploma subject of view, a lot wider than the ~100 levels on PSVR (cheaper trendy headsets usually have nearer to 90 to 100 diploma view fields, although).

Apart from redesigned ergonomics, Sony says the subsequent PSVR controller “will incorporate among the key options discovered within the DualSense wi-fi controller.” These might embody the exact haptics, variable-resistance triggers, and crisp built-in audio system which have already been used to nice impact in some commonplace PS5 video games.

That may characterize a giant step up from the PlayStation Transfer controllers that many PSVR video games at the moment use for hand-tracking. These have been originally launched in 2010, effectively earlier than consumer-grade VR was a priority, and they’re generally seen as a extra exact reply to the hand-wavey controls of the Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinect for flat-screen gaming. A controller particularly constructed for VR might enhance the constancy and even get rid of the necessity for an exterior digicam for monitoring.


Current PlayStation VR house owners can at the moment use the headset and controllers with the PlayStation 5, however doing so requires a particular adapter to attach the growing older PS4 digicam (the PS5’s personal “PlayStation HD digicam” isn’t suitable with the present PlayStation VR). Ars’ personal testing on the system’s launch additionally discovered that PSVR video games usually hadn’t gotten a noticeable bump in constancy on the PS5, as another backward-compatible video games had.

Earlier than in the present day, Sony was unwilling to remark very straight on the way forward for digital actuality {hardware} on the PS5. PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan instructed The Washington Submit again in October that “PlayStation believes in VR. Sony believes in VR, and we undoubtedly consider in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later, VR will characterize a significant part of interactive leisure. Will or not it’s this yr? No. Will or not it’s subsequent yr? No. However will it come at some stage? We consider that.”

Sony has bought over 5 million PlayStation VR headsets since 2016, after passing 4.2 million gross sales in early 2019. That makes PSVR one of many best-selling VR headsets total to date, although in latest months, the growing older {hardware} has been closely outsold by Oculus’ standalone Quest headset, in accordance with estimates from evaluation agency Superdata.

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