Sony says its next-generation PlayStation VR system will feature an improved field of view and silence critics of the current device’s wire-heavy set-up.
The headset will also come with a new controller inspired by the PS5’s DualSense gamepad.
PSVR faced criticisms over the multiple cables and adaptors it required. The new version, PSVR2, will run using a single cord connection, enabling less cluttered play. It is expected to hit shelves in 2022, but no games have yet been announced for it.
A games industry analyst said the release would help fill a gap in the market that had yet to be filled by competitors: “The first PlayStation VR helped the PS4 console stand out from Microsoft’s Xbox One, and a next-gen version will do the same for the PS5 versus Xbox Series X.” However, he questioned Sony’s decision to not launch a wireless device.
Sony said in January 2020 that sales had topped five million units since the headset first went on sale.