Sony confirms the existence of a follow-up to their 2016 VR headset.
Today Sony announced that they would indeed bring a new PlayStation VR headset to the masses sometime after 2021. In an official blog post, Senior VP for Platform Planning & Marketing, Hideaki Nishino, stated that the next-gen VR headset would be “coming to PlayStation 5, enabling the ultimate entertainment experience with dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity.” Nishino continued, “We’re taking what we’ve learned since launching PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input. It will connect to PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use, while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience.”
Further details are sparse at this time, but Sony did confirm that there will be a brand new controller for the new VR unit which utilizes some of the features found in the PS5 DuelSense controller. Lastly, Nishino revealed that developers had already begun working on games for the new VR headset, which is almost certainly the reason for the blog post in the first place. While Sony isn’t yet ready to fully unveil PS VR 2 (indeed they need to worry about getting PS5s into homes), they didn’t want anyone spilling the beans on their next VR project either.
Nobody knows exactly what games will be developed for the PS VR 2, but rumors heavily suggest that the VR headset will launch with a brand new VR-only game based in the Horizon Zero Dawn universe. Back in early 2019, Firesprite, a developer comprised of former Sony Liverpool talent, was hiring up for a “globally recognized multi-million selling action RPG” and mentioned that they planned to “create a full form Playstation VR game.” Later on in 2019, VR consultant, Callum Hurley tweeted out the following…
Most recently, Firesprite put up more job listings stating they would be “partnering with the IP holder to create a whole new chapter in the exciting and highly original universe they have established, utilising the full immersive capabilities in VR to build a new narrative for fans and newcomers alike.” Taken all of this evidence into account sure paints the picture that Sony is tapping into the Guerrilla Games IP for a VR exclusive romp.
Does the prospect of a PS VR 2 excite you? What games do you you hope to see on the platform? Let us know in the comments below!