Sony confirms next-gen VR system for PlayStation 5 - just not in 2021

The PS5 VR system will have a new headset and controller. (Source: Sony)
The PS5 VR system will have a new headset and controller. (Source: Sony)
A Sony executive has just confirmed that the PlayStation 5 (PS5) is getting its own virtual reality (VR) system after all. It will consist of a next-gen headset and controller, which will apparently be informed by everything the OEM has learned since debuting this form of gaming on the PS4. Furthermore, the controller may also be DualSense in nature.

The senior vice-president (Platform Planning & Management) of Sony's PlayStation division, Hideaki Nishino, has released an official blog post reassuring fans that the console's latest generation is indeed getting its own VR system. It will be based on an all-new headset, which, according to the executive, will be developed taking all the company's lessons from previous generations on board.

In slightly more specific terms, the upcoming device is to have improved resolution compared to pre-existing PSVR platforms, not to mention field of view, user-tracking and user input. These enhancements will, according to Nishino, generally add up to "an even greater sense of presence", not to mention immersion, on PS5 VR.

Then again, Sony's plans for this headset apparently do not extend to a wireless nature at present. Instead, it will launch with a one-cable solution for tethering to a PS5. Then again, it will also feature an updated control system, which, apparently, will incorporate DualSense tech. This is potentially big news, as that could be what really boosts convincing gameplay on the upcoming system.

The new PS VR controller is also now slated to emphasize user comfort and endurance in gameplay. Despite all these encouraging new indications, the format is still not projected to make it to the PS5 in 2021. While unfortunate, this delay might give consumers a better chance of actually having a console to try it out whenever it does launch.

DualSense wireless controllers, at least, are in stock at Best Buy.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-02-23 (Update: 2021-02-23)
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