The last few months have really increased the specs on the PSVR 2 front. First, Sony has confirmed that it is doing the next generation console that will support VR. Then, just last week, the head of R & D explained in detail what he expects to see in the next-generation virtual reality helmet. But we should not wait for something in the near future.
After last week’s report, Cnet contacted Sony’s Dominic Mullinson. He clarified that he should not wait for the launch of PSVR 2 with PS5.
“We have no reason to put it on a par with the new console,” he explained.
“From a consumer’s point of view, being bombarded by many things — oh, you have to buy it, you have to buy something — this is not what we want to achieve. In a sense, it’s good to have a little respite between these things – much better. ”
We are not surprised to hear this. The original PSVR was launched at the end of 2016, three years after the release of the PS4 itself. We know that Sony’s next console is not coming out this year, but is expected in 2020. We still do not expect Sony to wait another three years after that to launch PSVR 2; The original headset will be a relic by this point, but should it be expected in 2021 or 2022?
The wait may seem unbearable in the middle of 2019, but the longer Sony waits, the better PSVR 2 can be. In his speech at Collision 2019 last week, Mallinson outlined several areas for improvement, such as resolution, field of view, and even eye tracking. Updating and adding these features will undoubtedly be costly. And if Sony delivers a reasonable price that suits consumers, Sony’s helmet will be the key to the success of the company and the virtual reality headset as a whole.
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