Sony reveal brand new, futuristic PlayStation VR controllers

Ed Nightingale March 18, 2021
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PlayStation VR controller. (Sony)

Sony have shared the exciting new design for their forthcoming PlayStation VR controllers.

Having previously revealed that a next-generation VR system was on the way for PlayStation 5, Sony are serving up more details on the controllers.

Taking inspiration from the Dual Sense, the new VR controllers (yet to be given an official name) will feature adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. 

PlayStation 5 owners will recognise the immersive power of these features, with trigger buttons that offer varying levels of pressure, as well as haptic vibrations that give texture to your gaming experience.

The controllers have a notable redesign in comparison to the Move controllers used with the PS4 PSVR system. The “orb” shape will feel natural with a high degree of freedom, balance and comfort – even though there’s a similarity to the controllers on the Oculus VR system. 

The controller will also have finger touch detection that senses your finger placement for more natural hand movements, and tracking using the new VR headset that’s yet to be unveiled.

The controller was revealed in a PlayStation blog from Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management.

“Our new VR controller speaks to our mission of achieving a much deeper sense of presence and stronger feeling of immersion in VR experiences,” said Nishino.

“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. Now we’re bringing that innovation to VR gaming.

“We’re thrilled with the controller we developed, but what matters now is how game creators will take advantage of the features to design the next generation of VR experiences.”

Few other details are known about Sony’s next-gen VR system. It will feature a single-cord setup for ease of use, increased headset resolution, and be exclusive to the PlayStation 5 system.

No specific games have been announced, although prototypes are currently in the hands of developers.

A price and release date are also yet to be revealed.

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