PSVR 2: PS5 is getting virtual reality headset with NEW controller for 'ultimate gaming experience'
SONY has confirmed that it is working on a new version of its PlayStation VR headset designed for the PlayStation 5.
The Japanese tech titan said Tuesday that the new gear, out as early as next year, promises "dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity".
"Our next-generation VR system will be coming to PlayStation 5, enabling the ultimate entertainment experience," Sony's Hideaki Nishino wrote in a blog post.
"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."
Sony's original PSVR system hit shelves four years ago and is now the best-selling high-end VR headset ever.
The wearable gear, which also plugs into the PS5, lets players immerse themselves in virtual reality games processed through their console.
Starting at £260, players can bolster their set-up by paying for extra gear in the form of special VR controllers, which ship for £70 for a pair.
In Monday's blog post, Nishino revealed that Sony is developing a new version of the PlayStation Move controller for the PSVR 2.
The joypad will incorporate "some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller" packaged with the PS5, he said.
Nishino said that the new headset would connect to the PS5 via a single cable to simplify set-up and make the gear easeier to use.
The kit "enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input", he added.
The tech is still in development and won’t be launching in 2021, according to Nishino.
However, the development community has already begun working on new virtual worlds for the system, he said.
Sony's PSVR system has proven to be a surprise success, with the company flogging more than 5million headsets to date.
Virtual Reality v.s. Augmented Reality – what’s the difference?
Here’s what you need to know
- Virtual reality involves using a headset to simulate a virtual world
- In a VR world, everything you see will be computer-generated
- Popular VR headsets include the HTC Vive and Facebook's Oculus Rift
- Augmented reality lets you see the real world, but "augments" (or adds on) computer-generated elements
- This means you'll be able to see computer images overlaid onto your real-world view
- For instance, you could wear glasses that overlay directions onto the road in front of you
- Popular AR headsets include Microsoft's HoloLens and the Google Glass spectacles
Early reviews praised the tech's affordability over headsets produced by rivals HTC and Facebook-owned Oculus.
Most headsets require a high-end PC to function, whereas Sony's offering brings VR within reach of the millions of gamers who already own a PlayStation.
But while reviewers praised the system's accessibility, concerns were raised about the quality of experience.
PSVR headsets don't track motion as well as some of the pricier headsets on offer, and suffer from light leaking into the contraption during play.
Virtual reality games available on PlayStation include Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, Tetris Effect, Moss, Beat Saber, and Resident Evil 7 biohazard.
In other news, The Sun's favourite alternative to a games console is the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.
Grab a VR headset and you'll be able to play the legendary Beat Saber – like Guitar Hero, but with lightsabers.
And Dell's Alienware R10 Ryzen Edition is a gaming PC powerhouse that crushes both the new consoles.
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