Since Sony first announced the PS5, there is one question that has remained unanswered: what about a new virtual reality headset?
After all, the first-gen PSVR headset was a hit with PS4 gamers and remains one of the main reasons to opt for a PlayStation console over an Xbox, a platform that does not yet have support. for VR. The launch of the PS5 took place without Sony saying anything about VR, but that has changed today.
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In a post on the PlayStation blog, Senior Vice President of Platform Planning and Management Hideaki Nishino confirmed that “the next-generation virtual reality system is coming to PS5, bringing the experience of ultimate entertainment to a spectacular leap in performance and interactivity ”and announced a virtual experience more immersive than ever.
And the surprise? Nishino reiterates Jim Ryan’s comments in an interview with WaPo in 2020, stating that “there is still a lot of development going on” and that the next-gen VR device “won’t be released in 2021”.
Instead, it looks like the company wanted to reassure fans that something is happening, and even outlined some of the key changes we should expect from what are tentatively referred to as PSVR fans. 2.
In addition to announcing improvements in resolution, field of view and tracking, Nishino revealed that the new headset will be physically connected to the PS5 system, although setup is likely to be easier this time around, as it is claimed that ‘it will connect to console using a single cable.
This may be a bummer for those getting used to the wireless nature of the standalone Oculus Quest 2, but despite the improvements in standalone VR, it still can’t compete with PC and console experiences, especially when it is powered by new generation components. of the PS5.
In fact, right now there is no VR headset that connects wirelessly to a PC or console, although there are high-quality third-party wireless adapters for HTC headsets. It makes sense for Sony to go with the cable, especially if it wants to sell the headphones competitively.
A new VR controller is also mentioned, a welcome change considering that the PSVR controllers were released in 2010 and were one of the weak points of the first generation VR system compared to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. While the 1: 1 tracking wasn’t mentioned like its PC counterparts, Nishino claimed that the new controller “will incorporate some of the key features of the DualSense wireless controller” and focus on excellent ergonomics, which is good news. For PSVR Fans.
It is not clear at this time whether a PlayStation camera will be needed to use the next-gen system, especially as reverse tracking via integrated cameras is becoming the most popular option adopted not only by Oculus. Quest 2, but also by HTC’s Oculus Rift S and Vive Cosmos, but we’ll likely know more in the coming months.
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