Don’t expect the next generation console’s launch to coincide with the launch of a new PSVR headset.
Sony has already confirmed that the PS5 is going to be compatible with PSVR, and considering how successful the latter has been for them, it wouldn’t be a very bold prediction to say that there will also be a next generation VR headset coming from them sooner or later. But if you were expecting the release of that headset to coincide with that of the PS4’s successor- well, don’t.
Speaking at Collision 2019 in Toronto (via CNET), Dominic Mallinson, senior vice president of R&D at Sony said that the company sees no reason to release a PSVR 2 alongside the PS5 itself, so as to avoid bombarding the consumer with too many pieces of hardware to purchase, in an attempt to keep things as simple as possible.
“There’s no reason for us to coincide it with a new console,” said Mallinson. “From the point of view of the consumer, to be bombarded with many many things — oh, you have to buy this, you have to buy that — is a message that we don’t want to send. In some ways, it’s good to have a little breathing space between those things.”
Whenever Sony does get around to releasing a PSVR 2, the company has some ideas floating around for what the upgrade could entail, including things such as a wireless headset and gaze tracking. Read more on that through here.