Out of absolutely nowhere (of course), Sony has announced its plans for a next-gen PlayStation VR system for PS5.
While it's possible to play the current PSVR headset on the new console, it's a bit of a headache, with all those cables and a special adaptor needed for the PlayStation Camera. However, Sony says it's building a new VR system for PS5, as we've suspected for some time.
In a PlayStation Blog post, Sony's Hideaki Nishino calls it an "ultimate entertainment experience with dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity". Details are few and far between, but what has been revealed sounds very exciting. Firstly, there will be just one cable between the new headset and the PS5, which is a big improvement on the complex setup of the original model. The new VR system "enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input", so hopefully that means any blurriness is a thing of the past.
Perhaps most interesting is mention of brand new VR controllers, "which will incorporate some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller, along with a focus on great ergonomics". Haptic feedback and adaptive triggers in VR will be excellent.
That's about all that's known right now. Sony does say not to expect the new PSVR in 2021, so it's a little way off, but it's very exciting the platform holder is continuing to build on what it achieved with the first headset.
Are you excited for a new generation of PSVR on PS5? Tell us in the comments section below.
Absolutely awesome news on an otherwise dreary day.
We kind of all but knew this would be coming, but having official word on it is great.
I'm very iffy about VR given my bad motion sickness experiences with most of the games I've tried with it, so acquiring one isn't a huge priority for me.
That being said, if ASOBI Team makes a new Astro Bot for it, I'm in. After the excellent Rescue Mission and PS5's Playroom, that series is a system-seller for me.
Holy crap! Absolutely awesome news!
I guess they didn’t learn their lesson from the PS4 and they still want to waste time, resources and money instead of focusing in more exclusive games for the PS5 like a Twisted Metal game
Exciting. I've never owned a VR setup. Maybe when this one hits it will finally be the time!
This is sure to get people beating their sabers again!
It actually sounds very exiting, there's quite a few VR games I want to play too but I want to play them on the latest and greatest so I will be jumping on the VR bandwagon this gen.
I have been waiting for ages to get a VR headset. I was hoping for wireless but only one wire is the next best thing.
I never got into psvr, but if there's a Half Life Alyx port then I'm there.
The only downside is that means the current PSVR is kinda dead until then. I don't expect any VR games from Sony until the next PSVR.
@Simon_Fitzgerald We're bringing back the competition, @Quintumply!
Well I definitely shouldn’t have bothered getting PSVR last year then. Still, this is good news for those who can afford it.
I kinda need that wireless VR experience now.
@RBMango can't play VR at all for similar reasons. People often comment about how you get used to it and any motion sickness improves over time, but as someone who gets queasy in some first person games, let alone VR, it ain't gonna happen.
For anyone who doesn't know what bad motion sickness is like, it feels (for me) exactly like a bad hangover, and can last similar amount of time! .
So obviously, hard pass for this, but very interested in seeing the tech improvements when it finally arrives...2023?
Glad to hear they're working on an updated kit. Haven't used ours in months but it's fantastic for the few games that use it. Seems a bit weird though announcing so early, must be trying to get ahead of a leak or something like that.
Fantastic news!!! Can’t wait to see what the PS5 can do with VR!!!
Might start getting in the pre-order queue now though.... 😃
I never got the PS4 VR set but I'll probably get this one. Sounds good.
I've been loving my PSVR since I got it about a year ago, and still need to try games like Beat Saber and Superhot VR. I'm very happy to hear Sony are still going to support it into the future, and most of all, excited for the inevitable Astrobot Rescue Mission 2!!!
I'll probably bite on this when released, especialy if they can get Half-Life: Alyx on the system
Ever since the original PSVR, I’ve always thought the next one ought to use USB-C as the protocol is capable of transmitting both video and USB over the same cable. The USB-C port on the front of the PS5 gave me hope... so it’s awesome to see that they have indeed committed to a single-cable solution for PSVR2.
The PS5’s 3D audio system also does what the breakout box did, so it really should just be a single cable straight from headset to console.
Wow so much for slow news. There s a ton of news all at once now. Just a bit disappointed it looks like it's not wireless.
Is it possible Half Life Alyx would then get a PS5 release? Stranger things have happened, right?
@ShiningStar I have terrible motion sickness - so bad I actually got it in Dreams a few nights ago when using the UI to find one of my mates on a normal TV!
But there are games which you can play and Astronomy RM makes me slightly queezy but was worth the payback. Don't go anywhere near ace combat I blew chunks.
Wow, didn't expect this. Hope they come up with some innovative design that would put an end to VR face and VR hair. I look like an idiot after extended sessions.
This news has made me smile so much. I love my PSVR and was desperate for some news on the next gen version. This will give me the push I need to buy a PS5 next year.
Nice, I hope the device is lighter than the previous one, the screen is bigger, and of course, wireless
About time such a thing was confirmed, PSVR is great but new controllers at the very least are long overdue, hopefully it's backwards compatible too
@wiiware Article says it's going to have 1 wire. That's too many for me now. Hard to go back to a wired headset after playing anything on Quest 2.
It was only a matter of time before they confirmed it. They’ve clearly been on it for some time now.
Really looking forward to this, VR was the greatest forward step of the last gen. Amazing games. Even one of the greatest of the generation, Astro Bot Rescue Mission!
@Octane that’s a wasted worry because VR games scale with tech just like any other...they can keep releasing new stuff for current VR with enhanced experiences using the newer one
@NoxAeturnus One wire is still okay for me, it's way better compared to psvr 1 wires lol.
Nice! I love my PSVR and will definitely upgrade when I eventually get round to getting a PS5.
As for new controllers, I'm less bothered about haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, I just want analogue sticks on the motion controllers!
I love the PSVR, so this is looking like a day one purchase for me.
They can take my money now for this. Absolutely day one.
the wires are a pain, puts me off setting it up and it mostly collects dust
Great news I am a big fan of PSVR and still have it set up on my Pro so I don't have to use the adapter thing on my PS5. There are some really great games on there but as others have said it would be great to get Half Life Alyx!
@2cents I know, but when's the last time they released a PSVR game?
@GKO900 I hate to be the one to take the bait (actually, I don't mind at all... hmm...), but you do know the PSVR was actually incredibly successful, right? Ouyselling most other VR headsets on the market?
And you do also know that the teams making hardware (controllers, consoles, VR headsets, etc.), and the teams making software (video games, apps, firmware updates, etc.) are different groups entirely and are only loosely related as far as development choices go?
TL;DR: VR headset production has no bearing on preventing a game from being made, and at most, provides a platform for a wider variety of games. Not a lesser variety.
Definitely think there shouldn't be any cables, but it is what it is and Half Life Alyx is indeed a must.
I'm looking to add some more folk to my PS5 friends list, for some multiplayer from time to time, so please do add me HotstuffFred 👍🏻
I just hope we can play the old VR games on it. I have a bunch of them but I can't be bothered to set up those damn wires...
I still lean towards the mindset of PC VR being miles ahead of the PSVR but that's just me.
HALFFFFFFFF LIFFFFFFFFFEEEEEE 🙏
Can’t wait to play me some horror games on the new ps vr hooked to my ps5
I have ZERO interest in VR really. Things like this that SONY do just seem like a waste of time when that time could be spent on normal PlayStation games. Oh well.
Nice to hear they haven't dropped vr. So glad they will finally sort the move controller out too, and less cables. I'm still 50/50 on getting vr again, think they need better games tbh, there are some great games but they are few and far between, going to wait and see to but new move controller is a big plus.
After playing Astro’s Playroom until I got the platinum I went back and pulled my PSVR from the garage (I only ever played VR worlds and the X-Wing level of Battlefront). I downloaded Astrobot Rescue mission and fell in love with the game.
VR was so immersive I discovered I had an ocean phobia after playing the whale and shark levels of Rescue mission!
Astrobot VR is the Mario game I expected to play in 2021 after being so disappointed in Mario 3D world and odyssey. I haven’t played a platformer that felt that fresh and groundbreaking since Mario64.
I will definitely get a VR unit for the PS5!
Haven't dipped a toe into VR yet but might give it a go when this new one comes especially if RE 8 is updated to work with it and if another one of those PS VR exclusive Utada concerts happen SIGN ME UP!!!
@GKO900 I'm with you. Last I checked, less than 5% of PS4 owners had bothered with PSVR, and it had sold less then Vita over a comparable period... yet they dumped Vita and persist with this.
I've tried PSVR, and I enjoyed my time with it, but I wouldn't buy one... I don't want to play games for hours with something hanging off my face, and while it's immersive with suitable games, I also feel it's restrictive in the type of gameplay it allows; it's ideal for a handful of genres, and just a gimmick for others.
Day one purchase for me like the first PSVR. Awesome news to read and can't wait for more info in the near future. Resident Evill Village in VR please. Be nice if all PSVR games are transferable to PSVR2 using the new controllers and better resolution.
@Octane I’m pretty sure Sony worked out a deal, so Hitman VR. It’s easily one of the best PSVR games there is.
If its launch psvr price but being wireless, that would be a steal but I can't see it being less than £400 if it has wireless but I could be wrong. Buying day one though for sure regardless.
Hope they make the rubber over the nose smell nicer. Never mind motion sickness on PSVR, its the smell that makes me queezy 😅
This is good news indeed. Some of my favorite gaming experiences from last gen came courtesy of PSVR. Even though the setup was a bit clunky, it was a great complement to the PS4. Really looking forward to more powerful, streamlined hardware this go around.
Also, it's nice that there have only been a handful of "I wish they would stop wasting time with (thing I don't like) and focus on (thing I like)" comments. I may be wrong, but I don't think that Sony's VR budget allocation is what's stopping your favorite property from being revived on PS5.
Why not wireless???
PSVR was the best thing about last gen. Astro Bot Rescue Mission was the best game of last gen. So excited for this. Hopefully it has fully inside out tracking (implies by the one cable line) and smart eye tracking and foveated rendering tech.
Excited and all but I can't help but point out there's only one wire coming off the headset as it is so I'm not really seeing the improvement. Unless people are setting up the breakout box everytime they play.
Wireless would have been greatly appreciated and a little more timely. We have the technology.
I'm so looking forward to this, We need more info though.
Calling the release date now November 2023! I stopped using my PSVR because of all the hassle with the wires and no HDR pass-through. HDMI plugs are easy to damage with constant swapping.
I still have not received my PS4 camera adapter!
I absolutely love my PSVR unfortunately I doubt I'll get the new one as I hardly ever use it now due to always ending up with extremely dry eyes.My eyesight has definitely taken a hit since I bought it too.
@JohnKarnes I haven’t received mine either. Ordered the second day the website was live. So pretty much over 120 days ago. To be waiting over a third of a year is a joke. Their customer service has been appalling.
Day one for me resedent got me hooked on vr this is great news sony bring it on
Ooooh very interesting news.
@Paranoimia Glad I’m not the only one here that thinks the same and I still don’t understand why Sony drop the Vita yet they still pushing VR when they have clearly see that it doesn’t have much potential sure they sold more than the competitors but winning the niche market it’s not something to be proud when they didn’t revolutionize the market with VR and so far have only sold 5 Million
Can't wait for it!
@Shepherd_Tallon I am super excited! I can't wait to see what they bring to the table with the new VR headset. Plus one cord is a big win for me!
PS VR is kind of like the Sega CD.
It’s a bit flawed, it’s expensive, and not many people buy it. But it is home to some really, REALLY stellar games you can’t play anywhere else.
If I could justify the price I’d get one. But alas, I can spend that much on an accessory for a console when so many other bills exist.
Scalpers get ready!!!!!
@achangedyou Yeah for sure. I love the current headset, but I don't keep it plugged in because it's a bit of a mess. It sits on a shelf across the room getting a little dusty.
I'd probably use it more if it wasn't such a clutter.
I'm glad I waited, though as PSVR is locked to one device, a PC VR set is more desirable personally.
@Shepherd_Tallon Yah I understand completely. The clutter is one of the main reasons why I got rid of mine. So I feel your pain lol.
Plot twist! It's a charging cable for the wireless headset!
@EricLane85 Under promise over deliver! This is the best false hope I have ever seen.
Hopefully with the extra grunt in the headset along with the PS5 F1, GT and other racing games can go full VR. if not will still be a pass from me.
Day one. Vr is the only true next gen
@themcnoisy 🤣 yeah, Ace Combat was pretty but a bit heavy on the stomach. I did not get motion sickness with games like Beat Saber or Superhot.
My psvr is always hooked up and tucked away with the system and I only have a single cable... I dont get it, are most people unhooking it all?!? And why?? Lol.
I just hope there's analog sticks on both wands.
It makes me SO happy that this is official now!
Mixed feelings here... almost wish they tried to continue with existing setup.
New Helmet will still be wired & new controller design means more expenses.
Current VR setup was at least fairly cheap for those with old Move & Nav controllers.
I would have liked to have seen how far PS5 could have pushed the original PSVR helmet.
Oh and I really hope there's less shovel ware and more full fledged games... AND MORE HIGH QUALITY HORROR!
@Paranoimia 5% with over a 100 million consoles which headset has that playerbase. 🤪
Great news. So happy that Sony seem to believe in VRs future. Glad it's not been dropped Vita style.
Yip totally agree. I've always thought that also. Pick it up, put it on, play, turn it off, put it back on its stand 🤷♂️
Great to hear. My brother has a PSVR and it’s a ton of fun with certain games. It’s not something I care to get at the moment but later down the line when I have a PS5 and possibly have my own place I can totally see myself snagging one if the games are there with it.
Awesome news! I'm definitely ready for a less complicated more powerful VR headset.
Just secured my pre order
@GKO900 Hahaha G9d luck with being hopelessly stuck in the past!
Great news, totally thrilled by the news.
Love my PSVR although do have periods where I don’t touch for a while and then periods I can’t put down.
All I really want on it is a competitive driving game- is it being timed for GT7’s now delayed release???
@Trousersnake I didn’t know VR was a time machine, but I know it will make you go blind sooner besides making you sick every time you play, so be careful with your future
Wow, that's fantastic news! It sounded like Ryan all but confirmed they were done with VR. I did not expect this at all.
A little disappointing it uses only one wire. And we know you're not going to be able to use the controller for tracking because there's no light on the back of DS5. I'm hoping the new PSVR doesn't rely on a camera for it's motion tracking. Even beyond cables that was really the biggest weakeness it had. That and the fact that the lenses got dirty and smeary if you look at them from 2 rooms away..... But this is exciting.
As long as the next version support 1440+ or even 4k each eye I will be happy. Didn't mind the VR but I could see the pixels and aliasing which was disappointing. They need to make the next version equivalent to a 4k TV with HDR.
Plus the motion controls with the old technology controls was not ideal.
@Flaming_Kaiser As I said, it was "last I checked", which was some time ago. At that point, PS4 hadn't broken 100 million. The sales of PSVR were reported as around 4 million, which - given the equivalent time elapsed since launch - was significantly lower than the Vita managed. 🤷♀️
VR is here to stay, I strongly believe that, one wire to just plug in will be a massive improvement. Though obviously the quest is hot competition.
If nothing else it's nice to see geniune advancements in gaming, instead of nothing but resolution and frame rate talk that tv gaming has become.
@Paranoimia I think VR is way more of a niche product then a handheld its more expensive less games so i believe its a succes. If it was such a bomb Sony would not have started on a second one.
I’m shocked - in a good way. Can’t wait. I’m so down with this.
@deathaxe interesting stuff!
Time to sell my psvr to get value for it now haha
@mcdreamer I told my son the same thing. I'll probably get it this generation if the price is right.
@Carl-G any new items of hardware are researched and developed by Sony's hardware department and will have absolutely no impact on game or other software releases
Unless it's wireless it's a hard pass from me. Sorry.
Still not wireless? I'm disappointed tbh
@NomNom but will it even work with legacy psvr titles tho?
Well we know that London Studio has been working on their next VR project for some time. Firesprite has also been working on one of the big Action-RPGs too. Team Asobi's Astrobot2 is also a guarantee as they said they've got more astrobot news after Astro's playroom.
Looking forward to more info!!
@huyi it probably will since all PSVR Gen 1 games are on the PS4, and the PS5 is backwards compatible.
@NomNom I don't have expectations that PSVR2 will run back compatibility mode for PSVR1 titles.
It is a certainty that the headset will be like the rest of the wired headsets - vive, Index, RiftS or ReverbG2 among many many others which use inside-out camera tracking.
The PSVR1 uses outside-in camera tracking and light-based to boot. This makes it a massive undertaking to recode games to have a completely different kind of tracking which has been programmed into it.
More than likely, you will see PS5 versions of the same games (not all of course) but if you own the PS4 version, you will get a free upgrade to the PS5 version.
My expectation is that I will have to have my PSVR1 hooked up to play those games. Not a problem for me, as I have a 500 mill Pro which will always remain hooked up beside my PS5 in the entertainment cabinet.
Now we just need Valve to announce Half-Life: Alyx for it, or maybe an Orange Box 2 that also includes a Portal spin-off or sequel.
@Gmork___ The original had a break out box with no HDR pass-through You had to unplug the PS4 HDMI cable from that box. Then remove the second HDMI cable that came from box. Then plug you ps4 HDMI cable back directly into your TV. Unless you have A 4K HDR TV then there was no need to swap.
@JohnKarnes I believe the newer version of psvr fixed that issue because I don't have a 4k tv and the ps4 HDMI goes into the vr box then HDMI from that to the tv
@Gmork___ No the first or launch PSVR is not fixed. There was a second reversion that was.But like I said this only effects people with a 4K "HDR" TV.
Not surprising, but I had a niggling feeling it wasn’t going to happen, so actually glad it has now been formally announced.
Seeing as it sounds as if there will be no separate processing unit, what are the technical reasons that the current VR processing unit is still required on PS5? Also, is there a good reason why the PS Move Navigation Controller was never utilised for PSVR (beyond lack of tracking light)?
Hopefully it will be backwards compatible and the unit will be more future-proof. The lack of HDR pass-through on the V1 headset is still an annoyance.
I'll be skipping this version as well. I want Sony to plug my brain directly into a game!
(ala Sword Art Online or dot Hack)
@GKO900.... They did learn their lesson. They learned that the PSVR is the number one leading VR headset in the entire market beating everything in sight, so they wanna double down on it before anyone gains traction.
PSVR is the reason SONY canned/discontinued the Mobile Playstation (PSP/VITA), as they have been chasing Nintendo in this market for years, so they were just trying their luck on the VR headset market and hit a jackpot, VR has taken time to take off but the PSVR which was the last kid to the market is now the big boss of the VR market which is what Sony wanted with the PSP but could not dethrone Nintendo.
PSVR may actually be the last remain physical home console with companies money to servers and storefronts and ecosystems cause looking forward when the physical home consoles get descontinued for mobile and servers, the VR headsets will be the last consoles to physically sit in your room while playing a game.
@Discol76... The fans made Sony to believe in it. It is the current market leader in the VR headset market, which means more publishers will develop games for it since it part of the Playstation family brand and growing.
Also coincidentally, PSVR is the reason PSP/VITA was discontinued. PSP/VITA has been chasing Nintendo DS's market dominance in the mobile market, so Sony were really just testing the waters with the PSVR and hit jackpot. Remember there are some really big boys in the VR headset space such as Nvidia, Facebook etc and Sony managed to beat them all with the PSVR, so when Sony saw the PSVR performance, they had to re-evaluate since they would have been the only platform holder to have Home console, mobile console and a VR headset/console in the market all at the same time.
So the decision was either to continue chasing Nintendo on the mobile market, to have 3 consoles out at the same time which will all need software investment and support, or to fully push the new platform in the market that does not have a leader in which the PSVR is currently blasting it. And the decision was a no brainer in favor of the PSVR.
I mean we have taken time to take to VR but the PSVR just make adsorption just so easy, you will find that PSVR2 will the buzz in the coming 5 to 6 years to the point that it maybe the last remain physically playstation console when everything goes online.
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