They may be the size of Hulk gloves, but Sony promises that the upcoming PS5 VR controllers will provide a more immersive, “deep-seated”
Sony recently announced plans to launch a new PS5 VR headset with advanced ergonomics and new, immersive features. It seems like most of these immersive features lie in the new VR controllers, and while they may not look very ergonomic, Sony says the upcoming VR controllers are comfortable to use and should fit any hand.
These are the standout features of the PS5 VR controller:
- Selection button: Both controllers have an analog joystick, two action buttons (triangle, square, cross, circle), a “grip” button (L1 and R1) and a “trigger” button (L2 and R2). The left controller also has a “create” button, while the right controller is equipped with an “options” button.
- Adaptive triggers: Like the PS5 DualSense controller, the VR controller has adaptive L and R triggers that can add voltage when pressed depending on the game you are playing. The adaptive triggers can mimic the tension of a gun’s trigger, or push the resistance of a car’s accelerator pedal to the ground.
- Haptic feedbackSony is also transferring the advanced haptic feedback motors from the DualSense controller to its VR controllers. With nuanced haptic feedback, the controller can mimic sensations such as tapping metal or sliding across ice.
- Finger touch detection: The PS5 VR controller can detect the placement of your fingers, allowing you to make “natural hand gestures” without pressing any buttons. Supposedly, finger touch detection would allow you to do things like wave to friends online or keep your hands in a ‘no shoot’ position.
- To follow: A “tracking ring” over the controller allows it to connect wirelessly to your PS5 VR headset. Perhaps this ring is why the controllers are the size of basketballs.
Sony says prototypes of the new VR controller will “soon be in the hands of developers,” although there is no word on an actual release date. Early details on Sony’s PS5 VR headset show that it will likely not be released until 2022.