The second generation of PlayStation VR has been doing the rounds in the rumour mill for a while now. Numerous patent leaks purporting to show PSVR 2 technology have been making the rounds since about 2018. The second iteration of PSVR was probably a sure thing, considering PlayStation VR, which launched in 2016, has sold about 5 million units as of January 2020.
Now via a post on the official PlayStation Blog, Sony has confirmed that the next-generation of PlayStation VR is indeed in development. PSVR 2 will be coming to PS5 at some point, although the post states that it won’t be coming in 2021.
The next-generation of PlayStation VR on PS5
“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.” Hideaki Nishino, Senior VP of Platform Planning & Management writes on the PlayStation Blog.
Nishino explains that Sony is continuing to innovate with the new PSVR 2 system for PS5. So that fans can enjoy the unique experiences they would expect from PlayStation.
Sony has learned a lot since the development and launch of the original PlayStation VR system for PS4 in 2016. The next-gen VR system for PS5 will enhance everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input explains Nishino.
The next-generation PSVR 2 will connect to the PS5 with a single cable, making set-up a breeze. This is in contrast to the fairly complex set-up and mess of wires that the PlayStation VR for PS4 had.
Nishino explains in the blog post that he is most excited about the innovative VR controller for PSVR 2. The new VR controller will include some features found in the PS5’s DualSense controller. So, we’ll probably have haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, this will add greatly to the immersion offered by VR games.
The blog post states that there is still a lot of development underway for PSVR 2. So don’t expect ti to launch this year. 2022 seems like a likely time frame for the release though.