About a month ago, Sony PlayStation teased us with the new VR headset that will compliment the new PS5 console.
This time, we get to see what the accompanying controllers will look like. With brand new industry-leading features and ergonomic design, we can’t wait to play VR games with these bad boys.
At first glance, the controller looks a little strange. What’s with the strange ring that wraps around our wrists? There’s a reason for this, of course. The controllers are tracked by the headset through those rings, making hand placement in games more accurate. These rings will not affect your grip on the controller, it will still allow you to hold the controller naturally while not constricting your motion.
There are so many surprises in this one device. The new features on the controller “enables players to feel and interact with games in a more visceral way”, according to Hideaki Nishino, the Senior Vice President of PlayStation.
Firstly, the controller has adaptive triggers that add tension to the buttons when pressed. Similar to the tension you feel on the PS5 controller in the L2 or R2 buttons, simulating a more realistic experience when interacting with the controller.
Secondly, we are going to be immersed in the virtual world like never before with the haptic feedback feature. With this feature, you will be able to “feel” everything with vibrations sent through your controller. These vibrations will have different frequencies and rhythms accompanying the things you will be seeing on screen. For example, going through rocky deserts or feeling the impact of the explosion. Combined with visual and audio components of the headset, you might as well be in the game.
Thirdly, not only can the new controller detect where your fingers are, but it can also predict finger movement. Using sensors all over the controller, the tracking capability will allow for “more intuitive interaction using hands in virtual space” says Kayuzki Arimatsu and Kideki More, who are Sony researchers for the controller.
Lastly, we have the action buttons and analog sticks. The buttons on the controllers are similar to the regular one-piece controllers, but are split in half. Both controllers have their own analog stick, along with their “grip” (L1/R1) and trigger (L2/R2) buttons. The left controller will have the triangle and square buttons while the right controller has the cross and circle buttons.
We won’t be seeing these controllers anytime soon though, since the headset is not being released this year. But the good news is, if you live in Singapore and still haven’t gotten your hands on the PS5 console, it just came back in stock! Check it out here.
But before PS VR 2 comes along and take the world of virtual reality by storm, we have Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 to settle with, which provides an amazing wireless VR experience like no other.