PlayStation 5 will launch with next-gen HD camera, possibly for PSVR 2

Sony's next-gen PS5 will launch with a handful of accessories including a new HD camera.

Published Thu, Jun 11 2020 4:56 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:43 AM CST

Sony just officially unveiled the PlayStation 5's finalized console design, and it's weirder than we could've ever imagined. But the system will launch with a handful of very familiar peripherals and accessories, including a curious new camera that could be used for the upcoming PSVR 2.0 headset.

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Sony's likely working on a next-gen PlayStation VR headset to complement the PS5's raw power boost. Nothing's been announced, but multiple patents hint a head HMD is on the way, possibly with wireless connectivity. Other patents hint the PSVR 2 could have inside-out tracking, alleviating the need for external cameras.

But why would Sony launch a new camera in tandem with the PlayStation 5? It's kind of a strange move. The PS Camera currently has a small place in the ecosystem and is mostly used with the PlayStation VR. It's also used for streaming, which might be a big thing for the new PS5 era.

Sony could be betting big on streaming and content creation this time around. A new Create button replaces the Share button on the PS5's DualSense controller, hinting at a stronger emphasis on content creation and streaming. We've also predicted the Create button will help usher in a new era of sharing, complete with new transformative features like creating your very own gameplay demos and sending them off to friends.

The current PS4-powered PlayStation VR is also compatible with the PS5. So the new HD Camera will serve as a cam for streaming, a tracking cam for PSVR, and possibly a similar tracking mechanism for the next-gen PSVR 2.0 headset.

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Other PS5 launch accessories include:

  • DualSense controller
  • DualSense charging dock
  • Pulse 3D wireless headset
  • Media remote
  • HD Camera

The PlayStation 5 will release Holiday 2020 and will come in two SKUs: an all-digital edition that doesn't include a disc drive, and a disc-based model.

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech 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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