As exciting as the groundbreaking new PS5 logo is, the big news from Sony at CES 2020 was the news that they’ve now sold more than 5 Million PSVR headsets. In the realm of VR headsets that don’t require a phone inside not a single competitor is anywhere close. (The Quest will close the gap significantly)
What exactly does the future hold for PlayStation VR though? It is now one of the oldest premium headsets on the market, running on an even older PS4 console. That limits its capabilities as PCVR headsets like the Oculus Rift S and Valve Index surge forward with superior graphics and tracking.
This brings us to the PS5, which is slated for release this upcoming Holiday Season. Just this past February, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan mentioned the success of PSVR and went as far as saying “We continue to believe that VR has the potential to be a really meaningful part of the future of interactive entertainment.”
The PS5 has already been confirmed to have compatibility with all PS4 games and the original PSVR. This led many to believe that Sony would at first be content with continuing to use the OG PlayStation VR headset into the PS5 era, at least in the beginning. By now, most hopeful VR gamers on the platform have accepted this.
The opinion on this matter seems to be shifting though. This past Friday, Peter Graham of VR Focus reported an interesting finding that sheds an entirely new light on the future of the PlayStation VR. A trading report from prominent virtual reality developer VR Education (Apollo 11, Titanic VR) made explicit mention of a new PSVR headset in 2020.
The report, which was filed on January 16th states “2020 will see Sony release the PlayStation 5 and a new version of the PlayStation VR headset (PSVR), which will further expand the high-end VR user base; the Group intends to support this device with its current suite of showcase software.”
This is all obviously still pending confirmation from Sony. It does make me that much more interested in their future “State of Play” broadcasts. The future of console VR is once again looking bright.
What are you hoping for in the next generation of PSVR headsets? What features and specs would you like to see? Drop your take in the comments.