Sony unveils first details on PlayStation 5 VR, but it won't launch this year

Brett Molina, USA TODAY
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Sony has revealed the first details on its plans to introduce virtual reality to the PlayStation 5, but says don't expect any new hardware this year.

In a statement released Tuesday, Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president for platform planning and management at Sony, said one of the new changes is an updated VR controller that will borrow features from the PS5 controller "with a focus on great ergonomics."

The potential headset will also provide a much easier setup, requiring only a single cord to plug in and play. The current PlayStation VR headset for the PS4 requires plugging in a processor unit and several cords to set up.

"We’re taking what we’ve learned since launching PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input," said Nishino in a statement.

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Sony launched the PlayStation VR in 2016, at a time when interest in the technology was surging. Oculus made waves with its Rift headset and other competitors such as HTC Vive jumped into the market.

Interest had waned, but has rebounded slightly as the technology drops in price and becomes more user friendly, highlighted by the Oculus Quest headset. Last month, Bloomberg reported Apple was paving the way to create its own VR headset.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: PlayStation VR: New PS5 headset in development, Sony says