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PSVR 2 headset has haptic feedback reveals newly discovered Sony patent


This is a render based on the patent, not something from Sony (pic: LetsGoDigital/VR4 Player)

Sony may have recently played down plans for any more VR hardware but a new patent shows they’re still researching a new headset.

It’s extremely hard to guess what Sony is planning in regards to VR for the PlayStation 5. They’ve been one of the most enthusiastic supports of the technology on PlayStation 4 but recent comments from Sony high command suggest they may be losing interest.

PlayStation boss Jim Ryan recently stated that the technology to make VR truly ‘meaningful’ is years away and that, ‘we’re more than a few minutes from the future of VR’.

That seemed to imply anything new in terms of VR is probably a long way off for Sony, and that may well be the case, but they are clearly still researching new tech – as a newly discovered patent proves.

Like any patent there’s absolutely no guarantee the concept it describes will make it into a commercial product, but the information discovered by LetsGoDigital goes into some interesting detail.

The descriptions of what would presumably be called the PlayStation VR 2 show it uses the same haptic technology as in the DualSense, which it’s theorised will be used to help reduce motion sickness.

There’s also a sensor to tell whether the headset is being worn properly, although it’s unclear what the LEDs are for.

PlayStation VR is backwards compatible with the PlayStation 5, although you need to send away for a special adapter to make the old PlayStation 4 camera work with it.

More than the headset itself, the PlayStation VR set-up is in desperate need of new controllers as the PlayStation Motion wands were never designed with VR in mind and are now two generations old.

Patents of next gen replacements have also turned up multiple times, but again it’s unclear if and when any of this might turn into a real product.

Does it make sense to release a new headset this soon after the PS5 launch? (pic: LetsGoDigital)

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