Psvr Hero Shot 2Source: Android Central / Jennifer Locke

What you need to know

  • Sony filed a patent for some new VR controllers.
  • These could possibly be what we see launch with the eventual PlayStation VR2
  • Sony has previously confirmed that a new headset is not coming in 2020.

A new patent filed by Sony might give us a bit of insight into the next PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset. This patent shows diagrams for a "Controller Device" to be worn on the hand, with multiple sensors. It's a serious step up from the PlayStation Move controllers currently used for PSVR. It's also quite similar to the design seen in the Valve Index. You can take a look at some of the patent images below.

Sony VR Controller PatentSony VR Controller PatentSource: Sony

While Sony has previously confirmed that the next headset will not launch in 2020 alongside the PlayStation 5, whenever it does launch, we can expect it to be a hefty technological leap, including an increase in field-of-view. A previously filed patent shows a wireless headset, that would pair with the more advanced controller designs seen in this new patent.

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The PSVR is also confirmed to be compatible with the PlayStation 5, so you won't be waiting on a new headset to arrive to enjoy VR games. At CES 2020, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan confirmed that the PSVR has sold over 5 million units. While it's a good milestone, the PlayStation 4 has sold over 106 million units. PSVR will also not be getting Half-Life: Alyx, though that could change in the future. With the recent closure of Manchester Studio, a team built in 2015 specifically for PSVR, it'll be interesting to see the approach PlayStation takes with VR moving forward.

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