On the official PlayStation blog, Sony announced and showed off the new controller for the PlayStation 5’s own VR system. PS5 VR was first announced on February 21 in a similar blog post and since then, fans have eagerly awaited more news and gameplay.
PlayStation VR on the PS4 has been a resounding success with both fans and critics alike, and as of December 31, 2019, it has sold more than 5 million units.
Immediately noticeable is the unique orb-like design of the controller. Going by information in the blog post, this orb-shaped design allows the player to hold the controller in a natural way to ensure a “high degree of freedom.”
The post states the controllers were designed “with great ergonomics in mind” so that no matter who uses them to play a VR game, it’ll be an enjoyable and comfortable experience.
First details on the new controller for next-gen VR on PS5: https://t.co/KnYKMEayR2
Stronger immersion with adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, finger-touch detection and more. pic.twitter.com/4UApycgja4
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 18, 2021
From what I know about VR games, it appears first-person shooters would work best and naturally with these orb-like controllers. However, I have a hard time thinking about how it would work with other genres like platformers or even puzzle games.
Several key features from the PS5’s DualSense controller have found their way onto the new VR controller. The VR controllers have adaptive triggers that add tension to the buttons when pressed like when drawing a bow in a game to shoot an arrow. Haptic feedback is also included to further immerse players in the game’s world. Feedback like this can come in the form of controller vibrations or audio coming from the controller’s central speaker.
Other features include tracking where the game can detect the player’s head moving and show gameplay accordingly, and finger touch detection which allows the controller to detect a player’s hand without needing to press buttons.
The PlayStation 5 already has an eclectic library of games from Star Wars: Squadrons to Beat Saber; even Minecraft is available. Sony also has a ton of games lined up for release in the future.
Future releases include a VR version for Doom 3, I Expect You To Die 2 (a puzzle game where you play as a spy trying to survive an assassination attempt), and Zenith: The Last City– an open-world anime-inspired MMO.
A 33-minute demo was recently streamed on Twitch from the developers and showcased gameplay, quests, and the start of a dungeon. Now, the game is currently in a pre-alpha build, so the gameplay may look a little rough.
I’m personally looking forward to this game. It looks great and the concept is really interesting.
Future of VR
VR games have made huge leaps and bounds in recent times. It’s really cool to see a wide variety of VR games from high-concept puzzle games to RPGs.
So…I wanted to ask everyone reading this: What do you think of this new controller? The design is a little out there and looks like it’ll be hard to store away, but besides that, it looks cool. And if you can VR games, which ones are you looking forward to the most?