The PlayStation 5 is likely to be making big sales figures, as the latest revealed that at least 7.8 million had been sold, but it’s still almost impossible to get one. Still, it’s laying the groundwork for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) upcoming virtual reality (VR) headphones, which are supposed to arrive by the end of next year.
Bloomberg reported today on the launch window while discussing LCD display maker Japan Display Inc., which is focusing on the virtual reality market, as the smartphone industry focuses on OLED displays. VR headsets used to use OLED for the deep blacks of technology, but in recent years companies have switched to rapidly changing LCD screens thanks to their higher refresh rates, in addition to their cost-resolution ratio.
According to reports, Sony’s upcoming VR headsets will reverse this trend and use OLED panels at Bloomberg sources, according to the official launch of the 2022 holiday. Currently, SIE has not confirmed any of this. Specific reports have surfaced about certain features, but none has mentioned panel technology that could be a big differentiator when comparing VR devices.
As for the release window, SIE said earlier this year that its next-generation PlayStation VR would not appear this year. Considering the original PlayStation VR released in 2016 and PlayStation 5 arrived during the 2020 holidays, it would seem quite reasonable for a late 2022 version for the next device.
It could be the week of E3 2021, but PlayStation did not participate again, so no virtual reality announcements were expected from the company. The last official details released came in March when Orb drivers were announced. These will be full of technology shared by today’s DualSense drivers, such as their adaptive triggers, which add tension and texture to an experience, making it more immersive.
VRFocus will continue to cover the upcoming PlayStation VR, reporting more updates.