Ahead of the PlayStation 5 launch in late 2020, questions have arisen as to when Sony might update its PlayStation VR hardware to the next generation. Throughout this year there has been a small but steady stream of information; first confirm the existence of a new helmet, until now where we have a potential release year for the product.
According to a report of Bloombergby Takashi Mochizuki, Sony is working to bring the successor to PlayStation VR to market in 2022. The news is part of a story focused on LCD maker Japan Display Inc. The company has announced that it will move its offering to mobile phone screens. VR headset market. Having been a supplier to the tech juggernaut Apple in the past, this move, while inherently into a smaller market, can lead to growth. JDI claims in the article that it can produce higher resolution screens for headsets while reducing costs, two very important steps in the VR space.
Mochizuki describes that VR headset makers like HTC and Facebook are switching from OLED screens to LCD screens due to lower prices. However, Sony is taking a different path with PlayStation VR 2. Since the PlayStation Vita, Sony has implemented OLED displays in its gaming products. The original PSVR sported OLED displays in the headset, and according to Bloomberg’s story, the PSVR2 will also feature OLED panels supplied by Samsung Display Co.
In March, we learned of the existence of new controllers come with PSVR2. Sony is looking to pull the Move wands out of the PlayStation 3 era in favor of something a little more modern to stay in the competitive virtual reality space. Haptic feedback and adaptive triggers transition from Sony’s DualSense controllers, along with new finger-tracking sensors that are standard on competing hardware from Oculus and Valve.
We will give you more information on the next PlayStation VR as the news unfolds. In the meantime, check out recent experiences with current PSVR hardware, including the full Hitman World of Assassination Trilogy, or read it Game Informer Astro Bot Rescue Mission Review, the premier VR platformer of 2018.