The follow-up to Sony’s 2016 console VR headset will feature Samsung Display OLED panels.
Yesterday afternoon, Bloomberg released a report regarding Tokyo-based LCD specialist Japan Display Inc, in the process revealing potential information regarding the highly-anticipated follow-up to Sony’s PlayStation VR headset.
According to Bloomberg’s report, Sony will be launching its next-generation VR headset, the PlayStation VR 2, late next year as part of the 2022 holiday season, citing sources “with knowledge of the matter.” Not only that, but the headset will feature OLED panels from Samsung Display.
With the popularity of LCD displays on the rise within the smartphone and VR industries, researchers speculate that the technology will steadily replace conventional OLED displays within the next five years, the PlayStation VR 2 being the supposed exception.
“One important holdout remains: Sony Group Corp. plans to use Samsung Display Co. OLED panels in its next-generation PlayStation VR goggles, according to people with knowledge of the matter,” states the report. “The Japanese console giant sold more than 5 million units of the original PS VR, launched in 2016, and is aiming to release the successor in the holiday period next year, the people said, asking not to be named discussing internal plans.”
Sony first revealed the existence of its next-gen console VR headset this past February as part of a surprise announcement, during which the company teased an improved resolution, better tracking and input, a larger field-of-view, and a simplified setup process consisting of a single cable that connects directly to the PS5; no dedicated processing unit required.
That following month we received our first look at the all-new motion controllers designed specifically for the PS VR 2. These orb-shaped peripherals will supposedly offer improved ergonomics and weight distribution, resulting in more comfortable interactions while in VR. Each device will also feature “adaptive” triggers that deliver a sense of palpable tension, finger touch detection, and improved haptic feedback using the same technology used in Sony’s Dualsense controllers for PS5.
Other than that, we still know very little about the next-generation console VR headset.
According to a previous report by UploadVR, the PS VR 2 may feature a 4K resolution, foveated rendering powered by eye-tracking, and haptic feedback technology built directly into the headset itself, though this information has yet to be confirmed by Sony.
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