Apparently, the new headset should not wait.
The PlayStation 4 console had a decent and highly successful life cycle. Released in 2014, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has managed to sell over 90 million units worldwide. But five years is a long time in the video game industry, and yet the console remains up to date, fans want to see what the company plans to do next. Lead system architect Mark Cherni recently discussed the new console and the fact that the current PlayStation VR will not be forgotten in the process of changing generations.
As with any new console, manufacturers always want to do more and better than before. CPU and GPU will be improved, offering more power and more performance to visually surprise players. Talking with Wired, Cherni explained that the next PlayStation, which has not yet received an official name, will be equipped with an AMD processor based on the third-generation Ryzen chipset with eight cores and 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. While the GPU will be an option from Navi Radeon, of course, configured under the console. It will include ray tracing – a new technique for producing rich computer visual effects that have begun to gain support in the PC gaming industry.
As for the PlayStation VR, Cherni doesn’t go into details when asked about a virtual reality helmet, he simply stated:
“I will not go into the details of our VR strategy today, except that VR is very important to us. But the current PSVR headset will be compatible with the new console. ”
So this is great news for current PlayStation VR owners who are looking to upgrade their console when it becomes possible, without worrying about headset compatibility. This leaves many unanswered questions. One of the main issues is what VR gamers can get from a more powerful console. There is also a small issue of updating the PlayStation VR, since the headset is only a couple of years younger than the console.
At the very least, this should mean that the current owners of the PlayStation VR should expect the headset to be relevant in use for many more years. SIE has not yet determined the year for the release of the next console – rumored to be 2020 – but it has been working on for four years, so the release date cannot be too distant.
When further details finally appear on the network, VRcue will inform you about it.