By Sam Nussey
TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony (NYSE:) Group Corp on Wednesday teased details of its next-generation virtual reality headset for its PlayStation 5 console, as the Japanese conglomerate seeks to secure a lead in the nascent sector amid growing attention from tech giants.
The PlayStation VR2 device will have an OLED display, use integrated cameras to track players and offer feedback via a built-in headset motor and the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller.
“Players will feel a heightened range of sensations unlike any other,” Sony said in a statement without providing details on visuals, pricing or launch date.
A game in the “Horizon” franchise, “Horizon Call of the Mountain,” has been custom built for the system, Sony said.
While Sony is a pioneer in virtual reality its earlier PlayStation VR headset, which launched in 2016 for the PlayStation 4, failed to become a major sales driver.
Virtual reality and the metaverse, or the idea that consumers will spend more time in shared simulated environments, has become a major talking point after Facebook (NASDAQ:) changed its name to Meta to signal its focus on the area.
Sony, whose business includes chips, music and movies, also said on Wednesday it would launch a new company focused on electric vehicles as it explores entry into the market.
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