Sony unveils PSVR controllers for PS5

Published on 18 Mar 2021

On March 18th, Sony introduced the world to their new virtual reality controls for the PlayStation 5 PSVR system.

The company launched the controllers via a blog post written by PlayStation senior VP of platform planning and management, Hideaki Nishino “Our new VR controller speaks to our mission of achieving a much deeper sense of presence and a stronger feeling of immersion in VR experiences. It will build upon the innovation we introduced with the DualSense wireless controller, which changed how games ‘feel’ on PS5 by unlocking a new way to tap into the sense of touch.” he wrote.

Read the full post here: Next-gen VR on PS5: the new controller

Sony has not announced an official release date for the new PSVR system. However, prototype controllers will be shipped to developers soon. The controllers have an updated ergonomic design. Features that were developed for the positively received PS5 dual sense controllers will be migrated to the new virtual reality controllers. 

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What is Sony reaching for with the new PSVR controllers?

A month prior Sony first revealed that it was developing a new PSVR system for the PS5. The company said that the new virtual reality system would have better performance and improve in-game interactions from the previous system. Users will only need an additional cord to connect the PSVR system to the PS5.

The new controllers have the adaptive trigger buttons that were included on the DualSense controllers for the PS5. These triggers give players haptic feedback based on their actions as well as from the game's environment. The VR controllers will also have an analog-style joystick and grip buttons along with the aforementioned trigger buttons. The triangle, square, and create buttons will be placed on the left controller, while the cross, circle, and option buttons will be placed on the right. They will have finger touch detection, this will allow players to make more natural gestures without the need to apply a lot of pressure when using the system.

One of the most significant changes to the new PSVR system is that it eliminates the need for an additional camera device. The earlier system required this additional camera, mounted on top of the TV, to track the controllers' movements; this task will now be accomplished by the system's headset. Launched in 2016 the first PSVR system was designed to work with the PS4. The PS5 does support the earlier system but users will need an adapter to make it work.

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