Credit where credit is due: Sony is making a full commitment to virtual reality. While it could have easily abandoned the burgeoning tech after a very slow start, it appears that the incumbent of the platform is busy building on what he accomplished with the first version of PlayStation VR. It was announced last week that a second PSVR device for PS5 is in the works. In Sony’s statement, it promised some big improvements over the original, but obviously the proof will be in the pudding.
PSVR is a great first advance in technology. It’s obviously not as advanced as some of the devices you’ll find on the PC, but Sony offers a relatively affordable entry point that still delivers a good experience. Virtual reality is a very expensive gaming niche, but PSVR is great for newcomers and those on a more limited budget. There is a reason it quickly became a market leader.
Of course, it is far from perfect. For your money, you will get a VR experience that is good enough, but it can definitely be better. One of the biggest problems with PSVR is that it is a bit fiddly to set up, as it takes a lot of additional cables and hardware to make it work. The screen can be a bit blurry thanks to the low resolution, and the PS Move wands, which have been working since 2010, don’t offer the best control experience.
The good news is that Sony will address all of these shortcomings with the next device. PSVR 2, or whatever it’s called, will feature a single cable solution, which means it will be much easier to plug and play. No junction boxes or camera adapters are required. The Japanese giant also says it will offer improvements in resolution, field of view, tracking and input. Perhaps most exciting of all, the company is developing a new driver to accompany the new headphones, which will incorporate some of the DualSense features.
It seems like a big step forward for PSVR, but there are still a lot of questions. With all this improved technology, what will the new hardware cost? Will it be a smaller and lighter design? What will software support be like in the future? Will the experience match that offered by virtual reality units for PC? What other features could this new headset have?
And so, we open the floor to you a lot. Clearly, there is a lot of potential for VR on the PS5, and it’s great that Sony is doubling down on the technology. What are your expectations for PSVR 2? What would be the ideal scenario? Tell us what you want to see in the comment section below.