Sony’s next-generation PlayStation VR headset is expected to hit the market in late 2022, according to a new report. Bloomberg’s sources say Sony is aiming to “release the sequel during the holiday season” next year and that the headset will use Samsung Display OLED panels.
A release around this time wouldn’t be too surprising as Sony has already started discussing the potential of the PS5 headset. Its existence was first Approved in February with some first details and Sony followed by demonstrating the new controllers in March.
The headset itself has not yet been revealed. But after a UploadVR report since last month it will have a total resolution of 4000 x 2040 and use eye tracking to enable foveated rendering, which should reduce the processing load of using lower resolution images on your peripheral vision. The next-generation PSVR is also said to use inside-out tracking and include haptic feedback in both the headset and controllers.
Bloomberg’s report focuses more on Japan Display Inc, an LCD specialist that saw a decline in smartphone display sales when the market switched to OLED, but now sees VR headsets as “big business.” While OLED was originally the standard for VR, recently manufacturers like Facebook and HTC have switched to LCD panels because they are more practical at higher resolutions, even though they have lower contrast. Sony seems to stick with OLED for the next PSVR, however.