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Sony announces its next-generation PlayStation VR system, not launching in 2021

PlayStation VR showcase
The original PlayStation VR system

Today Sony announced that it is building a next-generation virtual reality system specifically for its new PlayStation 5 console. However, it will be a while before PlayStation VR (PS VR) fans get their hands on it.

"We’re continuing to innovate with our new VR system so that our fans can continue to enjoy the unique experiences that are synonymous with PlayStation," said Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hideaki Nishino in today's announcement. "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."

The new PS VR headset will connect to the PlayStation 5 with a single cable to "simplify setup and improve ease-of-use" according to the company, shedding the wireless rumors. Moreover, Sony is building a new VR controller, and it will take on features from its PlayStation 5 DualSense controller. This should mean that the latter's advanced haptic features will also make an appearance on the VR controller side.

The bad news is that the project is still in development, and not even images of what the VR headset or controllers look like were shared today. While a launch window reveal wasn't a part of the announcement, Nishino said that the next-gen virtual reality system is not coming in 2021. The original PlayStation VR headset from 2016 can be used with the PlayStation 5, however, the compatible games may only run the original version, not a next-gen enhanced version.

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