Sony confirmed that PSVR 2 will come to 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.” No images have been released of the device.
The headset will also come alongside the introduction of a new PSVR controller (seemignly replacing the PS Move wands), “which will incorporate some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller, along with a focus on great ergonomics.”
However, the headset won’t be available this year: “There’s still a lot of development underway for our new VR system, so it won’t be launching in 2021”, reads the blog post. “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. “
In an interview with GQ, SIE CEO Jim Ryan confirmed that there is no official title for the headset, and that dev kits are “about to go out”. Ryan also described it as a “completely new VR format for PS5”. Ryan indicates that we’ll learn more about the new headset later this year.
Work on a PSVR successor has been a bit of an open secret thanks to reports and patents showcasing PlayStation’s investments in the field. Over the years Sony has filed patents for VR-compatible prescription glasses, a new potential PSVR controller (which has included research of a Valve Index-style controller, a patent to let spectators mess with players in VR, and much more. And job listings over the last year have pointed to PlayStation working on a “next-generation VR head-mounted display.”
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior News Editor, host of Podcast Beyond!, and PlayStation lead. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.