Sony revealed the first details of the next-generation PlayStation VR product, confirming that the new kit is under development, but don’t expect to wear it this year, because the next-generation VR system is still under development and will not be launched in 2021. But there are still enough things to excite VR fans and gamers.
As early as 2016, PlayStation VR launched a headset connected to a game console for PlayStation 4, and provided virtual reality support for selected games, as well as content experiences such as YouTube. When the PS5 was launched, Sony had been silent about whether there would be a new PlayStation VR paired with it. Instead, it provides adapters to connect existing headsets and next-generation game consoles. The problem is that PSVR only has a 5.7-inch single screen, running at 1920×1080 resolution. This backward headset can hardly cope with the evolved graphics capabilities that PS5 can provide.
This point seems to be resolved by the PS5 generation corresponding to the new PlayStation VR. “We are using what we have learned since the launch of PS VR on PS4 to develop the next generation of VR systems, which will improve in terms of resolution, field of view, tracking and input,” Sony Senior Deputy Platform Planning and Management President Hideaki Nishino said today. “It only needs a cable to connect to the PS5, which can simplify setup and improve ease of use, while achieving a high-fidelity visual experience.”
In the few years since the original PlayStation VR was launched, it can be said that the field of virtual reality headsets has made tremendous progress. Small displays with high pixel density have become mainstream, as have panels with higher refresh rates. At the same time, prices have also fallen. The redesign will not only be the Sony headset. Hideaki Nishino said that Sony will bring a new VR controller to form a VR kit, inspired by Sony’s “some key features” used in the PlayStation 5’s new DualSense wireless controller, “at the same time focusing on excellent ergonomics.” .
Obviously, since the supply of PlayStation 5 itself is still greatly restricted, and the replenishment at the beginning of 2021 is as frustrating as the end of 2020, Sony’s current primary focus may be on the production of the console itself. Nevertheless, the idea of a higher-quality VR headset to tap the backup catalog of PS4’s PlayStation VR games, as well as the new virtual reality games that are brewing, will bring greater advantages to the entire platform.