Sony today offered a first look at its next-gen VR controller for use with PS5, which looks very similar to the Oculus Touch controller, in anticipation of the reveal of the next VR headset.
Today, Sony unveiled its latest next-gen VR motion controller especially for PS5, as well as a couple of the more significant updates coming to its VR ecosystem. One significant change suggested by the controllers is that the company’s next-generation VR headset would have headset-mounted cameras to optically monitor the controllers, as well as the environment for room-scale movement. (PS Camera and PS Pass, farewell.)
Details On New PS5’s Next-Gen VR Motion Controller
The still-unnamed controllers could be said to have Dual Sense-style responsive triggers for each unit, which enable developers to discern the degree of force input to produce specific sensations like drawing a bowstring or shooting a shot, in addition to its orb-like form, which possibly hides LED tracking markers similar to Touch.
According to the brand, haptic feedback should be “impactful, textured, and complex.” “You’ll note the difference as you’re traversing a rocky desert or exchanging blows in melee combat, amplifying the extraordinary visual and auditory experience that is so fundamental to VR.”
The controls will also have a kind of ‘finger touch recognition,’ which the company claims will “detect your fingers without any pressing in the places where you put your thumb, index, or middle fingers,” allowing for more natural hand movements during gaming.
The latest controller has what appears to be a traditional button and analog stick interface, which has since been adopted by many consumer VR systems at this stage, aligning more with modern VR motion controls such as Touch (great for developers).
While it’s impossible to say, the controllers tend to have a USB Type-C charging port, which may suggest that it has a non-removable battery like Dual Meaning.
It’s worth noting that Sony’s new next-generation VR headset is yet to be given an official name. There’s still no word on a release date, price, or spec sheet. We’ll keep an eye out for any more details in the coming days, as it’s obvious that Sony is building anticipation for the next major VR announcement.