New PS5 VR system in the works, still a year away

A next-gen PS5 VR system is in development at Sony towers, with a simplified single-cord headset and controllers making use of DualSense capabilities.

A blog post today from PlayStation’s Senior Vice President of Platform Planning and Management, Hideaki Nishino, laid out what to expect from the PS5’s VR system.

“We’re taking what we’ve learned since launching PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input,” said Nishino in today’s announcement. “It will connect to PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use, while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience.”

The upgraded features won’t just be limited to the headset though, as Nishino also confirmed there would be a fresh replacement for the already outdated Move controllers, too.

“One of the innovations we’re excited about is our new VR controller, which will incorporate some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller, along with a focus on great ergonomics,” Nishino said. “That’s just one of the examples of future-proof technology we’re developing to match our vision for a whole new generation of VR games and experiences.”

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However for VR fans who have already secured their PS5, there is still some time to wait, possibly longer than a year from now.

“There’s still a lot of development underway for our new VR system, so it won’t be launching in 2021,” Nishino said. “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.”

Hopefully the PS5 VR headset and controllers will be out sometime before next Christmas so we can all gather round and play another round of Beat Saber around the tree.

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