Sony’s PSVR 2 controllers will feature haptics, adaptive triggers, and finger-touch detection
Just weeks after announcing that the PSVR 2 is in development for the PlayStation 5, Sony has officially unveiled the controllers we’ll be using when the headset launches, presumably in 2022.
In the February 23 announcement, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Hideaki Nishino promised: “players will feel an even greater sense of presence and become even more immersed in their game worlds once they put on the new headset.” And after getting our first glimpse at the PSVR 2’s controllers, it’s easy to understand why. They make use of the same technologies that power the PS5’s DualSense controllers, such as haptics and adaptive triggers, to heighten the immersion. Additionally, PSVR 2’s controllers also support finger-touch detection. This lets the game you’re playing know where your thumb, index, or middle fingers are without needing to press a button.
In terms of design, the PSVR 2’s controllers are a tremendous upgrade over the long-obsolete PlayStation Move motion controllers they’re replacing. Featuring a sleek spherical design with a handle in the middle, they’d look right at home alongside the Oculus Quest 2 and Valve Index controllers. The Left PSVR 2 controller has an analog stick, the triangle and square buttons, a “grip” button (L1), trigger button (L2), and Create button. The Right controller features one analog stick, the cross and circle buttons, a “grip” button (R1), trigger button (R2), and Options button.
“SIE’s Product, Engineering, and Design teams have collaborated to build our new VR controller from the ground up with a goal of making a huge leap from current-gen VR gaming,” said Nishino in a post on the PlayStation Blog this morning. “We’re thrilled with the controller we developed, but what matters now is how game creators will take advantage of the features to design the next generation of VR experiences. Prototypes of our new VR controller will be in the hands of the development community soon, and we can’t wait to see what ideas they come up with and how the controller helps bring their imagination to life!”
At the time of this writing, the PSVR 2 doesn’t have a firm release date. However, Sony said we shouldn’t expect it to release this year. So don’t go burning your PlayStation Move controllers in wild jubilation just yet.
How do you like the look of the PSVR 2’s controllers? Do you feel their adaptive triggers and haptics will be enough to make the PSVR 2 your headset of choice when it releases? We love to hear what you think. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.