We know that Sony is preparing a new VR headset for PS5 but the next-gen VR controller will spice up the virtual reality experience even further. Sony has just shown how the controls of these VR glasses will be for the first time. They have nothing to do with what we have seen so far.
For these controls, Sony has not forgotten to add one of the star functions of the DualSense: the adaptive triggers. The triggers will offer more or less resistance depending on the context, such as when drawing a bow or firing a gun. They will also have finger touch detection and haptic feedback.
Meet Sony’s next-gen VR controller for PS5
According to Sony, the new controller has this orb shape for a reason: “to hold the controller naturally, while playing with a high degree of freedom.” They choose this design to prevent movement restrictions. This is something that developers will be able to take advantage of to add immersive experiences to their games. The company claims that these controllers have “great ergonomics” and are suitable for any hand size.
Among its main features, there are adaptive triggers that we saw on the R2 and L2 buttons of DualSense. We already know this from the PS5 and now it is the turn of VR game developers to apply what they have learned to improve the experience. They also have haptic feedback, so they will vibrate depending on what is happening in the game.
Other features include finger touch detection, which Sony says allows the controllers to “detect your fingers without any pressing in the areas where you place your thumb, index, or middle fingers.” The idea is to allow more natural hand gestures during gameplay. Finally, the tracking ring located in the lower area of the controller will be able to track the position of the controller.
On the left controller, we have an analog stick, the triangle and square buttons, and the L1 (grip) and L2 (trigger) buttons. On the right controller, we have another joystick, the X, the circle, and the R1 (grip) and R2 (trigger) buttons. The grab buttons will be used to grip objects in the games, obviously.
This is all that is known for now. As confirmed by Sony a few weeks ago, the new VR headset will not arrive in 2021.