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It has been a long-time coming but we finally have confirmation and a glimpse at Sony’s PSVR 2 controllers for the PS 5.Hideaki Nishino recently announced some of the new features that the brand-spanking-new controller will bring to the table in a Playstation blog post. The design is pretty cool and has plenty to write home about.

Scott Stein described it best over at cnet, dubbing the new headset a sort of hybridization of the Oculus Touch with DualSense. This is a very fitting description. The futuristic wraparound your hand design obviously borrows quite heavily from other VR controllers. They have plastic rings to help track your movement within a 3-dimensional space like the Oculus.

PS5 VR Controllers
PS5 VR Controllers. Image credit: blog.playstation.com

During the 4 long years that the PS 4 has had PSVR Sony never designed a proprietary VR controller. So it is exciting news to hear about the company’s PS 5 headset. Sadly, that won’t be arriving on the market in 2021 so we will have to wait. For now, we can only anticipate the new and improved controllers with finger sensing and force-feedback haptics.

They will undoubtedly be a game-changer previously all we had were the twin-stick PlayStation Move wands that have been floating around since the PS3 era. But the PSVR 2 controllers will have physical buttons, advanced haptics, and finger tracking making it more akin to a DualSense controller split in two.

DualSense’s haptics was already impressive but Sony is taking them one step further with an in-depth trigger development. The adaptive triggers will provide a much fuller range of feedback optimization than competitive controllers. This will give every landscape its own unique feel. The level of vibrational feedback will have more fidelity in comparison to other VR controllers. So users will be able to sense the differences between traversing different biomes in-game adding a more complex layer of reality to their VR experience.

PS5 VR Controllers
PS5 VR controller buttons. Image credit: blog.playstation.com

Much like the Oculus, the finger tracking will function even without buttons pressed allowing users to pull off some in-game gestures. The tracking recognizes thumb, index, and middle fingers allowing your in-VR hands to react via finger motions such as your avatar giving a thumbs-up.

The controllers feature your staple Playstation triangle, square, circle, and X buttons. There are two analog sticks, dual triggers, and Option/Create buttons divided between each hand controller. Like the majority of VR controllers, each has two top buttons, an analog stick, an extra menu button, and two triggers.

The controllers will not need an external camera as they are intended to work alongside Sony’s next-gen PS5 VR headset which, as mentioned, is also on the horizon.

Currently, we are no closer to getting a release date for the PSVR 2. We are also none-the-wiser in the pricetag department. But it is cool to know Playstation is serious about the future of VR and hopefully, we will see it in 2022.

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