On Tuesday, Sony surprisingly announced the next-generation virtual reality headset for its best-selling PlayStation 5 gaming console. The headset will come with an improved field of view and a new controller inspired by the PS5’s DualSense.
The upcoming PlayStation VR will offer “dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity” and “an even greater sense of presence,” Hideaki Nishino of Sony Interactive Entertainment said on the PlayStation Blog.
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The new version of the PS VR, which is currently under development, will require a single cord to connect with the PS5, a major change from the previous generation headset that was introduced for the PS4 in 2016.
The original PlayStation VR for the PS4, even though a successful one, was criticized for using multiple cables to make the headset work in the first place. Despite that, the PlayStation VR goes on to become the best-selling VR headset in the world selling over 5 million units as of January 2020.
Unlike other VR headsets from Oculus or HTC, the PlayStation VR don’t need a high-end computer or a smartphone to run the headset. Instead, it uses the PlayStation 4. Because the VR headset got high-quality VR games, the PlayStation VR became so successful.
The headset, originally introduced at $399, wasn’t high-end as the competitive VR headsets but proved more successful due to Sony’s faith in the platform. The PlayStation VR also supports Sony’s latest PlayStation 5, but requires an adapter to work.
Nishino isn’t ready to reveal more details about the next-generation VR headset for the PS5 yet. The headset won’t launch in 2021, he said, but confirmed that developers have access to the early hardware.