A new PS VR headset won’t launch with the PS5

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But one is coming.

A new PlayStation VR unit is in development but won’t launch with the PS5, Sony has again asserted.

The new unit’s availability was to be expected, really — in Sony’s first tease of the PS5, it said the current PS VR headset would be compatible with the new console, not launching with new tech.

Speaking with CNET, Sony’s Global Head of R&D, Dominic Mallinson, explained the decision to wait on a new VR headset.

“There’s no reason for us to coincide it with a new console,” Mallinson said of a second-gen PS VR unit. “From the point of view of the consumer, to be bombarded with many, many things – oh, you have to buy this, you have to buy that – is a message that we don’t want to send. In some ways, it’s good to have a little breathing space between those things.”

That’s not to say that work on a new headset isn’t underway.

“We do want it to be lighter weight, and easier to put on, less cables, less mess,” Mallinson said of the design of a successor.

We’ll let you know when more on the PS5 and a new PlayStation VR headset is known.