SONY says it’s working on a new virtual reality headset designed for the PlayStation 5 – and it could be out as early as next year.
The Japanese tech titan has already teased some of the PSVR 2’s specs and capabilities, but is keeping the exact release date a closely guarded secret.
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Following months of leaks and rumours, Sony confirmed it was working on the PSVR 2 in a blog post in February.
The company said that the device would not be launching in 2021, but stopped short of giving an expected release window.
In a recent report, Bloomberg claimed that the PSVR 2 will be released in late 2022.
Sources with inside knowledge of the project told the news site that Sony plans to use Samsung?OLED panels in its high-tech headset.
3The original PSVR launched in 2016Credit: Sony
They said, should everything go to plan, the gadget will hit shelves ?”in the holiday period next year”.
That means we’re most likely looking at a release date of November or December 2022.
Plans could change between now and then, of course, so take that date with a pinch of salt until we hear something concrete from Sony.
Sony announced in February that it was working on a virtual reality headset designed for the PlayStation 5.
”Our next-generation VR system will be coming to PlayStation 5, enabling the ultimate entertainment experience,” Sony’s Hideaki Nishino wrote in a blog post.
”Players will feel an even greater sense of presence and become even more immersed in their game worlds once they put on the new headset.”
Nishino revealed that Sony is also developing a new version of the PlayStation Move controller for the PSVR 2.
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The joypad will incorporate “some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller” packaged with the PS5, he said.
Nishino said that the new headset would connect to the PS5 via a single cable to simplify set-up and make the gear easeier to use.
The kit “enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input”, he added.
The tech is still in development and won’t be launching in 2021, according to Nishino.
However, the development community has already begun working on new virtual worlds for the system, he said.
Sony’s original PSVR system hit shelves four years ago and is now the best-selling high-end VR headset ever.
The wearable gear, which also plugs into the PS5, lets players immerse themselves in virtual reality games processed through their console.
Here’s what you need to know
Virtual reality involves using a headset to simulate a virtual world
In a VR world, everything you see will be computer-generated
Popular VR headsets include the HTC Vive and Facebook’s Oculus Rift
Augmented reality lets you see the real world, but “augments” (or adds on) computer-generated elements
This means you’ll be able to see computer images overlaid onto your real-world view
For instance, you could wear glasses that overlay directions onto the road in front of you
Popular AR headsets include Microsoft’s HoloLens and the Google Glass spectacles
Starting at ￡260, players can bolster their set-up by paying for extra gear in the form of special VR controllers, which ship for ￡70 for a pair.
The high-tech system has proven to be a surprise success, with the company flogging more than 5million headsets to date.
Early reviews praised the tech’s affordability over headsets produced by rivals HTC and Facebook-owned Oculus.
Most headsets require a high-end PC to function, whereas Sony’s offering brings VR within reach of the millions of gamers who already own a PlayStation.
But while reviewers praised the system’s accessibility, concerns were raised about the quality of experience.
PSVR headsets don’t track motion as well as some of the pricier headsets on offer, and suffer from light leaking into the contraption during play.
Virtual reality games available on PlayStation include?Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, Tetris Effect, Moss, Beat Saber, and Resident Evil 7 biohazard.?
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