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The PlayStation 5 is getting a new PlayStation VR headset (SNE)

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 23 Feb 2021


<p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5ffe1fe1fe7e140019f7e943-1800/PlayStation 4 VR 1.jpg" border="0" alt="PlayStation 4 VR" data-mce-source="Alex Wong/Getty Images" data-mce-caption="A reference model of the Sony PlayStation VR viewer is on display with a PlayStation 4 System during a press event for CES 2016."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>The PlayStation 5 is getting a virtual reality headset, Sony announced on Tuesday.</p><p>The new headset is the successor to PlayStation VR, which launched for the PlayStation 4 in 2016 and went on to sell over 5 million units. Though Sony didn't share images of the new device, it's said to provide, "dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity" over the previous generation.&nbsp;</p><p>Sony Senior Vice President of platform planning and management Hideaki Nishino shared a few more details about the new headset <a href="https://blog.playstation.com/2021/02/23/introducing-the-next-generation-of-vr-on-playstation/#sf243317607">in a blog post</a>:</p><ul><li>It won't launch in 2021.</li><li>It has a new type of controller, "which will incorporate some of the key features" of the PlayStation 5 gamepad.&nbsp;</li><li>It uses a single wire, rather than a series of cords (unlike the PlayStation VR headset for PS4).</li><li>The specs are getting upgraded, and Nishino promised improvements to, "everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input."&nbsp;</li></ul><p>The original PlayStation VR headset works on the PlayStation 5, albeit with technology that was originally launched nearly five years ago.&nbsp;</p><p>"Obviously the technology has moved on since the first PlayStation VR headset, and we will capture that," Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/f7c089dc-515e-4387-82fd-ea0a49998650">told the Financial Times</a>.</p><p>Despite the success of the first PlayStation VR headset compared to other VR headsets, its sales numbers paled in comparison to the PlayStation 4 console itself. Sony has sold over 5 million PlayStation VR headsets, and over 110 million PlayStation 4 consoles.&nbsp;</p><p>Ryan said that virtual reality is a long-term project for PlayStation.</p><p>"PlayStation believes in VR. Sony believes in VR, and we definitely believe at some point in the future, VR will represent a meaningful component of interactive entertainment," <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2021/02/23/ps5-vr/">he told the Washington Post</a>. "Will it be this year' No. Will it be next year' No. But will it come at some stage' We believe that."</p><p><em><strong>Got a tip'</strong>&nbsp;Contact Insider senior correspondent Ben Gilbert via email (<a href="mailto:bgilbert@insider.com" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100">bgilbert@insider.com</a>),</em><em>&nbsp;or Twitter DM (<a href="https://twitter.com/RealBenGilbert" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100">@realbengilbert</a>). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by email only, please.</em></p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/playstation-5-getting-new-playstation-vr-headset-2021-2#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-parasite-delivered-one-of-the-best-twists-in-cinema-2020-2">What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence</a></p>
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