Sony’s upcoming console, the PlayStation 5, will be released at the end of the year and with the rising popularity of the PlayStation VR, many are wondering whether we'll see a new and improved version come with the PS5.
The Japanese publisher is committed to a ‘Holiday 2020’ release window for its next-gen console, and now we just have to patiently wait for the official reveal.
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But will the PS5 support VR?
The PS4 featured Sony’s first VR headset, PlayStation VR (better known as PSVR), which has proven to be one of the most popular headsets on the market.
Since its launch in October 2016, the device has since sold roughly 5 million units, yet very little has been said about the future of PSVR beyond the PS4.
Here we cover VR’s future relationship with the PS5, so continue reading for all the details.
PS5 will support the original PSVR headset.
Believe it or not, we have received word that the PS5 will support the original PSVR headset.
Mark Cerny, PS4’s lead system architect, confirmed this back in April 2019 in a conversation between Sony and Wired.
“I won’t go into the details of our VR strategy today, beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console.”
This was confirmed amongst news that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games, meaning that gamers who refuse to upgrade at the end of the year will not be isolated by the move.
With this logic, all PSVR games released over the last four years will also compatible on Sony’s new console, provided that the PlayStation Move controllers can be synced up and the same PlayStation Camera will work on the PS5.
However, without official confirmation from Sony we can’t be sure.
VR Games on PS5
Many of you will know that Sony actually released two consoles this generation; the PS4 in 2013, and then the upgraded PS4 Pro in 2016.
The Pro edition enabled higher resolutions and faster framerates, which in the case of PSVR games resulted in sharper visuals and stronger performance.
We hope that PSVR titles featuring on the PS5 will play like PS4 Pro versions, rather than their standard editions.
One of the more exciting aspects of PS5 will be the new controller, which we have some information on.
The new ‘DualShock 5’ controller will utilize new haptic feedback technology, and feature adaptive triggers that apply variable resistance to every flick.
Brand new features like these hold a lot of promise for VR, as the implementation of new intuitive technologies will help to provide more authentic VR experiences.
Will there be a PSVR2 for the PS5?
While we’re delighted to hear that the PS5 will support VR, what we really want to know is if Sony will release an upgrade to PSVR for this platform.
Nothing has been confirmed, however Sony’s Head of Research & Development mentioned that work on such a device was underway at Collision 2019 in Toronto.
At this presentation, Dominic Mallinson teased us with other exciting updates like improved screen resolution, a wider field of view and drastically reduced loading times.
But just how long into the PS5’s lifecycle we finally see PSVR2 is still unknown – and that’s if we see it at all.
There’s still plenty to learn about Sony’s plans for the future of VR, so check back in for the updates as we follow PS5’s story over the year.