PSVR 2 Announced by Sony
Earlier today, Sony confirmed that they are currently developing the follow up to the original PSVR launched back in 2016. The new iteration of the device will come with a new controller. It is also said to feature better resolution and field of view and the best news of all is that it will come equipped with a single wire for connection!
Those of you that bought the original VR headset will know the frustration of having to deal with an abundance of wires to get your VR set up and having to live with a spider web of cables under your TV. Well, be frustrated no more as Sony have apparently figured out alleviate this issue down to a single wire connection.
The bad news is that the new headset won’t be coming any time soon. Their statement reads:
“PSVR 2 will connect to PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use, while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience.”
Elaborating on this, the statement continues:
“The new headset is a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view, to tracking and input.”
Not much has been said about the new controller that the headset will make use of, other than it will replace the PS Move wands and, “will incorporate some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller, along with a focus on great ergonomics.”
Discussing the release window in which we can anticipate the new device to be launched, the statement reads:
“There’s still a lot of development underway for our new VR system, so it won’t be launching in 2021. But we wanted to provide this early update to our fans, as the development community has started to work on creating new worlds for you to explore in virtual reality.”
According to SIE CEO Jim Ryan, there is no official title for the new headset as of yet, but he did say that it will be a, “completely new VR format for PS5,” and that dev kits are, “about to go out,” to game studios.
This is likely something that we are likely to see at Sony’s online E3 presentation later in the year. Hopefully we will be getting a look at the device, as no images have been released of the device thus far.
The other big question at the moment is price. The original PSVR managed to launch at $399 in the US and £349 in the UK, undercutting the major competitors in HTC Vive and Oculus Rift by a significant amount. Will Sony manage to retain this USP for their new device? More advanced technology usually means an increase in development costs, which in turn means that consumers are required to pay a higher price for the end result. This would mean Sony losing a huge marketing advantage though, so a price hike is not something they will do if they can help it.
What do you make of the announcement? Is this device something you are looking forward to learning more about? Are you planning to upgrade to the new device when it does eventually launch?
You can read Sony’s full statement here
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