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Next-gen PSVR confirmation for PS5 was a mistake, VR dev admits

VR dev walks back claims of a next-gen PSVR headset coming with the PS5

By Derek Strickland on Jan 28, 2020 04:21 pm CST - 15 mins, 41 secs reading time

A bit ago VR developer Immersive VR Education said a next-gen PSVR headset would accompany the PlayStation 5's launch in 2020. This was a mistake, and the company is now walking back its claims.

Next-gen PSVR confirmation for PS5 was a mistake, VR dev admits |

Sony may not release a new PlayStation VR headset along with the PlayStation 5's in holiday 2020 after all. At least there's no confirmation of it from Sony or other developers. Immersive VR Education CEO David Whelan clarifies the firm's previous statement and says it was an error based on supposition.

"That statement was picked up in error from a trading update sent out to our investors," Whelan told UploadVR in a statement. "We mentioned to our investor relations company that we intend to fully support the PS5 with our current suite of software. We are not confirming that there is a PSVR Version 2 in the works. Our investor relations company picked it up as a new headset for PS5 which might not necessarily be the case."

A new PlayStation VR makes sense for Sony, but it doesn't necessarily make sense to launch it alongside the PlayStation 5. Sony has hinted a new headset is in the works, and various patents indicate things like improved FOV, eye-tracking, and even wireless connectivity could be included.

At the same time, Sony confirmed the current PlayStation VR headset will be supported on the PlayStation 5. Plus the HMD is still selling quite well; The PSVR has sold 4.2 million units as of March 2019, and was the best-selling headset in Q4'19 with over 338,000 headsets sold.

So right now there's no immediate need to replace the PSVR. As the PlayStation 5 matures and devs get more comfortable with the new console's hardware capabilities we could see a next-gen PSVR roll out.

Sony is expected to reveal the PS5 in a special event in February 2020. The console will release in Holiday 2020, and it may cost $499.

Check below for more info on everything we know about the PlayStation 5 so far:

PlayStation 5 specs and details:

  • Custom SoC with second-gen Navi GPU, Zen 2 CPU
  • 8-Core, 16-thread Zen 2 CPU at 3.2GHz
  • Navi GPU at 2.0GHz with 36 Compute Units
  • Navi, Zen SoC uses new AMD RDNA 2.0 architecture
  • Ultra-fast SSD
  • Support for 4K 120 Hz TVs
  • Ray-tracing enabled
  • 8K output support (for gaming)
  • Plays all PS4 games
  • Separate games that ship on BD-XL Blu-ray discs
  • New controller with extensive haptic and tactile feedback

PlayStation 5 Coverage:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.


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