Sony Interactive Entertainment has confirmed in a blog post announcing that they will be releasing the PSVR 2 for the PS5 and will “connect to PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use, while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience”, It’s described as “a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input.”
They also stated that the Playstation VR team had learned lessons from the original device, which launched as a peripheral for the PS4 back in 2016 to provide a much stronger sense of presence and deeper immersion to their players compared with traditional games. They attributed their leaps of innovations in VR through their experiences working on highly acclaimed titles such as Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, Tetris Effect, Blood & Truth, Moss, Beat Saber, and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
The PSVR 2 headset will be coming with a new VR Controller that implements features first used in the new DualSense PS5 controller. It didn’t detail exactly what those features would be but past patents have outlined controllers with improved haptics and resistant triggers (both seen in DualSense) along with sensors to track the positions of individual fingers.
In an interview with GQ, SIE CEO Jim Ryan said of the changes for the PSVR 2 headset, “So this will be a completely new VR format for PS5. PlayStation has considered VR as a strategic opportunity and a big innovation story. We think there are two themes that you’re going to see: us capturing the technological progress that has taken place since the present VR system came to market and a considerable amount of lessons learned.”
But the sad part of it for PSVR fans, the PSVR 2 will not be coming out in 2021. In the blog post, Sony stated, “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 can expect to hear more details about the PSVR 2, its features, upcoming games, and hopefully its release date throughout 2021.