PlayStation has announced a new version of the PS VR that it says will enable the “ultimate entertainment experience”.
The new virtual reality headset will be designed for the PlayStation 5, allowing it to make use of that consoles vastly increased processing power as well as changes that built on what the company has learned from creating its original version, Sony said.
It will also come with a new controller, which will borrow some of the features that came with the new DualSense controller found in the PlayStation 5, Sony said.
This puts the company at odds with some of the other trends in the ecosystem should the controller be the main way to manage virtual reality. Facebook, which owns the Oculus headsets, uses the cameras at the front of the headset for hand tracking in lieu of buttons and joysticks. The more expensive HTC Vive has similar capabilities.
But the new console will not be released this year, with PlayStation saying “a lot of development” till needed to be done. “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,” said Hideaki Nishino, a senior vice president at PlayStation, in a blog post announcing the new hardware.
The original PSVR was launched more than four years ago, for the PS4. While Sony appeared to throw its backing behind virtual reality at the time, support for the headset has dropped off in the time since – and the PS5 is unable to connect to it without using a special connector, leading to speculation that it was either being left behind entirely or replaced.