Sony announces new VR headset for PlayStation 5

Building upon the commitment to virtual reality as a medium for games, Sony has announced its still-under-development, “next-generation” VR system for PlayStation 5. The headset will offer an improved field of view and some of the main features of PSS5’s DualSense. The company says that the headset will connect to PS5 with a single cord. This will be a major improvement compared to the multiple cables and a processor unit required for the PS4 version of Playstation VR. However, Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management, said, “There’s still a lot of development underway for our new VR system, so it won’t be launching in 2021.”

The users are hopeful that the release will not be further delayed and they will get a bug-free, worthy device in 2022. Some users are doubtful about how the FOV changes in VR titles will play out for their gameplay. VR enthusiasts have high hopes for getting a wireless version. Specs like better tracking, good resolution, and improved FOV could tempt more users to buy a new headset.

The blog post by Hideaki Nishino on Sony website says:

First details on the next-generation VR system coming to the PS5 console.

More than four years ago, we launched PlayStation VR to offer a transformative new way to play games on PS4, providing a much stronger sense of presence and deeper immersion to players compared with traditional games. In that time, we’ve seen tremendous experiences that have propelled virtual reality gaming forward, including highly acclaimed titles like Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, Tetris Effect, Blood & Truth, Moss, Beat Saber, and Resident Evil 7 Biohazard. We’ve also enhanced the experience for some PS VR titles when played on PS4 Pro and PlayStation 5.

Today I’m pleased to share that our next-generation VR system will be coming to PlayStation 5, enabling the ultimate entertainment experience with dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity. 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.

We’re continuing to innovate with our new VR system so that our fans can continue to enjoy the unique experiences that are synonymous with PlayStation. We’re taking what we’ve learned since launching PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input. It will connect to PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use, while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience.

One of the innovations we’re excited about is our new VR controller, which will incorporate some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller, along with a focus on great ergonomics. That’s just one of the examples of future-proof technology we’re developing to match our vision for a whole new generation of VR games and experiences.

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 also want to thank all of our PS VR players for your continued support — with upcoming games like After The Fall, Sniper Elite VR, and Humanity, there’s much more to come for PS VR whether you’re playing on PS4 or PS5. With both PlayStation VR and the next-generation VR system we’re building, our commitment to virtual reality as a medium for games is stronger than ever. We look forward to sharing more details in the future!