Here’s the PSVR 2 Controller – And Yes, It’s Got Sticks

Sony has started the drip-feeding of information on its next-gen PSVR headset for PS5, and today we’re getting our first look at the next-gen controllers.

Sony announced a few weeks ago that it is working on a PSVR 2 headset that will release for use on PS5. Since then we’ve heard nothing, until today.

Today, Sony has shown off the new PSVR 2 controllers and they look to be exactly what we should have had the first time around. In other words, they’ve got actual analogue sticks. Finally.

The new PSVR controllers have an orb-like wraparound design where the hands sit within the controller. The outer ring that surrounds the hand is what is used for tracking. This is particularly interesting because, as you can see in the images below, there’s not a single silly orb in sight, meaning that it’s likely the controllers are tracked by infra-red (IR) much like the Oculus Quest. So… inside-out tracking without the need for an external camera? The blog post does say that the controllers are tracked by the headset, so it’s more or less confirmed.

The peripherals each have an analogue stick, a grip trigger (L1 and R1) as well as adaptive triggers (L2 and R2) that work in a similar fashion to the triggers on the PS5’s DualSense controller. There’s also haptic feedback, as expected.

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The left controller houses the triangle, square, and create buttons, while the right controller hosts the cross, circle, and the options button. It’s essentially one DualSense controller split down the middle, minus the touchpad.

The controllers will also feature finger detection, meaning that the controller with know when your fingers are resting on the pads, buttons, or triggers. This isn’t a new feature for VR as it’s been around for a while, but for those who have only ever played PSVR, it will be mind-blowing.

There’s not much else being said at the moment and we’re still yet to see the headset itself. Surely it can’t be long before Sony gives us a look, though, right?

Developers will soon be getting prototypes of the new controllers so that they can begin working them into their next-gen PSVR games, and I for one can not wait to see what they come up with. Maybe I’ll be able to retire my Oculus Quest sometime next year? Fingers crossed (and tracked.)

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