Enlarge /. For an ideal use case, you will likely want to put the PlayStation VR headset on your head rather than a new PlayStation 5. But hey you do.
A new generation of PlayStation VR hardware, including a new controller specifically designed for VR, will hit the PlayStation 5 sometime after this year, Sony announced today.
The brief announcement contains few details and no photos or prototypes of the new headset or controller. It does mention, however, that the next PlayStation VR will feature higher resolution and a higher field of view than the 2016 original, which is stuck at a slightly dated 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Last year, Oculus Quest 2 shipped for $ 299 with a total resolution of $ 3664 x $ 1600. This goes for a standalone cordless headset with much less power than the PS5. Valve's high-end Index headset has a 135 degree field of view, which is much wider than the ~ 100 degrees on PSVR (but cheaper modern headsets generally have a 90 to 100 degree field of view).
In addition to the revised ergonomics, the next PSVR controller will, according to Sony, "contain some of the most important functions of the DualSense wireless controller". This includes the precise feel, variable resistance triggers, and razor-sharp built-in speakers that have already been used to great effect in some standard PS5 games.
This would be a huge step up from the PlayStation Move controllers that many PSVR games currently use for hand tracking. These were originally introduced in 2010, long before VR became a problem for end users, and they are generally viewed as a more precise answer to the handwave control of the Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinect for flat panel displays. A controller specifically designed for VR could improve fidelity or even eliminate the need for an external camera for tracking.
Existing PlayStation VR owners can currently use the headset and controllers with the PlayStation 5. However, a special adapter is required to connect the outdated PS4 camera (the PS5's own "PlayStation HD camera" is not compatible with the current PlayStation VR). Ars' own tests when the system started up also found that PSVR games on the PS5 had generally not experienced any noticeable fidelity degradation, as some other backwards compatible games did.
To date, Sony has not been ready to directly comment on the future of virtual reality hardware on the PS5. PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan told the Washington Post in October, "PlayStation believes in VR. Sony believes in VR, and we definitely believe VR will be a significant component of interactive entertainment at some point in the future. It will be this year ? " Will it be next year? No. But will it come at some point? We believe that. "
Sony has sold over 5 million PlayStation VR headsets since 2016, after selling 4.2 million in early 2019. This makes PSVR one of the best-selling VR headsets overall, despite the fact that the outdated hardware has been grossly oversold by Oculus in the past few months – a standalone Quest headset, according to analysts Superdata estimates.