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Sony confirms that a VR headset with controller is in the works for its PlayStation 5

Sony confirms that a VR headset with a controller is in the works for its PlayStation 5 that will provide a ‘greater sense of presence’ when it launches next year

  • Sony is designing a next-generation VR headset for its PlayStation 5
  • This is the first update for the device since it was first released in 2016
  • PS5 also gets a new controller inspired by the Dual Sense

Sony confirmed on Tuesday that the PlayStation 5 (PS5) will get a new VR headset that would provide the ‘ultimate entertainment experience’.

The next-generation device offers “dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity” and gives users a “greater sense of presence.”

The PlayStation VR (PSVR) also comes with a new controller inspired by the PlayStation 5’s Dual Sense, which was released last year, and features a single cable setup.

The current PSVR headset is compatible with the new PS5, but Sony said it plans to offer a next-generation VR system in 2022 to match its latest console.

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Sony confirmed on Tuesday that the PlayStation 5 (PS5) will get a new VR headset that would provide the 'ultimate entertainment experience'. Pictured is current VR headset and controllers first released in 2016

Sony confirmed on Tuesday that the PlayStation 5 (PS5) will get a new VR headset that would provide the ‘ultimate entertainment experience’. Pictured is current VR headset and controllers first released in 2016

Hideaki Nishino of Sony Interactive Entertainment said on the PlayStation Blog, “We will continue to innovate with our new VR system so that our fans can continue to enjoy the unique experiences synonymous with PlayStation.”

“We are using what we have learned since the launch of PSVR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that improves everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input.”

“It connects to PS5 with a single cable to simplify installation and improve ease of use, while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience.”

Sony unveiled its PlayStation 5 for $ 499 in September 2020, and after launching in November, the company says it sold 4.5 million consoles at the end of December.

Sony unveiled its PlayStation 5 for $ 499 in September 2020, and after launching in November, the company says it sold 4.5 million consoles at the end of December.

Sony unveiled its PlayStation 5 for $ 499 in September 2020, and after launching in November, the company says it sold 4.5 million consoles at the end of December.

Sony unveiled its PlayStation 5 for $ 499 in September 2020, and after launching in November, the company says it sold 4.5 million consoles at the end of December.

The PlayStation VR (PSVR) also comes with a new controller inspired by the PlayStation 5's Dual Sense (pictured), released last year, and has a single cable setup

The PlayStation VR (PSVR) also comes with a new controller inspired by the PlayStation 5's Dual Sense (pictured), released last year, and has a single cable setup

The PlayStation VR (PSVR) also comes with a new controller inspired by the PlayStation 5’s Dual Sense (pictured), released last year, and has a single cable setup

The first VR headset was released in 2016, with the PlayStation 4 plugged in that changed the way users played video games.

However, with the popularity of the new console, the Japanese firms feel that a new PSVR headset is in order.

Not only will users have a more powerful VR headset, but the announcements say they can expect an advanced controller.

“One of the innovations we’re excited about is our new VR controller, which will include some of the key features of the DualSense wireless controller, along with a focus on great ergonomics,” Nishino said in the blog post.

“That’s just one example of future-proof technology we’re developing to fit our vision for a whole new generation of VR games and experiences.”

Those are all the details that Sony has revealed regarding the controller, but the company filed a patent in February 2020 for a motion-sensing controller to pair with a VR headset, which could be a glimpse of the new innovation.

The patent does not specify which game console or device it is intended to work with, but only says it will work with a ‘home-use game machine’ that ‘detects movement of a user’s hand’.

Those are all the details Sony has revealed regarding the controller, but the company filed for a patent in February 2020 (photo) for a motion detection controller to pair with a VR headset, which could be a glimpse of the new innovation

Those are all the details Sony has revealed regarding the controller, but the company filed for a patent in February 2020 (photo) for a motion detection controller to pair with a VR headset, which could be a glimpse of the new innovation

Those are all the details Sony has revealed regarding the controller, but the company filed for a patent in February 2020 (photo) for a motion detection controller to pair with a VR headset, which could be a glimpse of the new innovation

The large candy bar shaped device has a thin strip on the back that is used to detect the exact finger position.

And the back of the controller has a large trigger button.

Rather than a conventional wrist strap, the patented controller appears to have a safety strap attached to the side and meant to allow the fingers to slide through to the knuckles.

Unlike a traditional wristband, this would make it possible to release someone’s grip on the controller without actually dropping it, supporting the idea that players are meant to use individual finger movements as a normal part of the game.

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