Sony has today revealed the new set of next-generation PlayStation VR controller it has in the works, planned to ship alongside the new headset. The hardware manufacturer has opted for an "orb" shape that is similar to other VR devices seen on PC. They are said to be "well-balanced and comfortable to hold in each of your hands". These new controllers will also include lots of new features, some of which are part of the PS5 DualSense controller.
Each one will have an analogue stick, which is a big improvement over the PlayStation Move controllers for a start. The device will have adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and finger touch detection. "The controller can detect your fingers without any pressing in the areas where you place your thumb, index, or middle fingers. This enables you to make more natural gestures with your hands during gameplay." The controllers will be tracked by the headset itself rather than a camera placed next to your TV. The new controllers appear to feature every single button present on a PS5 pad except for the touchpad and D-Pad.
Over on the PlayStation Blog, senior vice president of platform planning and management Hideaki Nishino said this is all designed to make a huge leap for gaming in VR. "We’re thrilled with the controller we developed, but what matters now is how game creators will take advantage of the features to design the next generation of VR experiences. Prototypes of our new VR controller will be in the hands of the development community soon, and we can’t wait to see what ideas they come up with and how the controller helps bring their imagination to life!"
Don't forget that this new PSVR headset won't be launching this year. How do you like the design and features of these new controllers? Share your first impressions in the comments below.