Published on March 19th, 2021 | by Adrian Gunning
Next-gen VR on PS5: the new controller
Following the recent reveal of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s next-generation virtual reality system for PlayStation 5, PlayStation Australia is thrilled to unveil more details about the new controller that will play a critical role in providing gamers with the VR experience Sony Interactive Entertainment is working to deliver.
The new VR controller speaks to SIE’s mission of achieving a much deeper sense of presence and stronger feeling of immersion in VR experiences. It will build upon the innovation introduced with the DualSense wireless controller, which changed how games “feel” on PlayStation 5 by unlocking a new way to tap into the sense of touch.
The first thing players will notice about the next-generation VR controller is the unique design, which takes on an “orb” shape that allows players to hold the controller naturally. There are no constraints with hand movements, providing developers with the ability to create unique gameplay experiences.
The new controller has also been designed with great ergonomics in mind, so it’s well-balanced and comfortable to hold. SIE applied learnings from testing users with a range of hand sizes, as well as the decades of insights from controllers across all PlayStation platforms. The result is an iconic design that will change how VR games are played.
The new VR controller enables players to feel and interact with games in a much more visceral way. There are several features, including key features from the DualSense controller, which match SIE’s vision for what next-generation VR games can be.
Key features include:
- Adaptive triggers
- Haptic feedback
- Finger touch detection
- Action buttons and analogue sticks
SIE’s Product, Engineering, and Design teams have collaborated to build the new VR controller from the ground up with a goal of making a huge leap from current-gen VR gaming. Prototypes of the new VR controller will be in the hands of the development community soon, and SIE can’t wait to see what ideas they come up with and how the controller helps bring their imagination to life!
For more information on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s next-generation virtual reality controller, head to the PlayStation Blog.