PS5 VR: Sony unveils its next-gen virtual reality controllers

What the PS5 VR hand controllers will look like.
The design is "subject to change without notice". Photo credit: Sony

Sony has revealed the hand controllers that will be used with the PlayStation 5's virtual reality units, which it says offer "stronger immersion with adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, finger-touch detection and more".

The release of the next-generation devices will follow the first PS VR release on the PlayStation 4 in 2016.

While the PS4 unit used the PlayStation Move controllers, the PS5 version are orb-shaped and more reminiscent of other VR controllers released by companies like Oculus.

The adaptive triggers and haptic feedback of the PS5 VR controllers will be similar to what is currently available in the PlayStation 5's standard DualSense controller.

Finger-touch detection promises the use of "more natural gestures" to play games than traditional button pressing.

PlayStation 5 VR controllers.
Photo credit: Sony

"Our new VR controller speaks to our mission of achieving a much deeper sense of presence and stronger feeling of immersion in VR experiences," Hideaki Nishino of PlayStation wrote in a blog post for the company.

"It will build upon the innovation we introduced with the DualSense wireless controller, which changed how games 'feel' on PS5 by unlocking a new way to tap into the sense of touch. Now we're bringing that innovation to VR gaming.

"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."

Sony has not revealed what the PS5 VR headsets will look like, but has said they will connect to the console with one single cord - a major improvement over PS4 VR.