Even though Sony is once again not taking part in E3, new information about its next-generation PS5 VR headset has surfaced from Bloomberg.
In an article about a decision of one of Apple Inc.’s key suppliers to pivot to virtual reality, Bloomberg revealed that Sony’s next-generation PlayStation VR goggles would use Samsung Display Co. OLED panels.
While OLED panels were used in many first-generation VR products, most manufacturers have since shifted to fast-switch LCD panels because their high refresh rates have a bigger positive impact on virtual reality immersion than OLED’s deep blacks.
“The Japanese console giant sold more than 5 million units of the original PS VR, launched in 2016, and is aiming to release the successor in the holiday period next year, the people [who are familiar with the matter] said, asking not to be named discussing internal plans,” writes Bloomberg.
While a Sony spokesperson and a Samsung Display representative declined to comment, we know from one of Sony’s earlier announcements that its new VR headset won’t be launching in 2021. Given that the PlayStation 5 arrived during the 2020 holiday season, it would only make sense to follow suite with the release of the next-gen PS5 VR headset.
We don’t know much else about the headset itself at this point, but we do know a lot about the controllers that will accompany it. With their striking “orb” design, the controllers promise improved ergonomics and a high degree of freedom.
“There are no constraints with how you’re moving your hands, providing developers with the ability to create unique gameplay experiences,” says Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President of Platform Planning & Management at Sony Interactive Entertainment.