PlayStation VR Compatibility With The Upcoming PS5 Confirmed

Lead architect Mark Cerny says that 'VR is important' to Sony and PlayStation.
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The VR headset will be fully compatible with Sony's upcoming next-gen console. Sony

Some fantastic news has arrived for the early adopters of PlayStation VR. Sony has confirmed that you will be able to use your current headset with the upcoming PlayStation 5. So, if you’re one of the players out there contemplating on buying a PlayStation VR, you don't have to worry about buying an updated one, if such a thing will release in tandem with the PS5.

Sony revealed this information in an exclusive interview with Wired yesterday, along with a few more things to expect from the next-gen console. Mark Cerny, the lead system architect for both the PlayStation 4 and its next-gen console, promised that PlayStation 5 would have features like 3D audio processing, faster mass storage, an even more powerful CPU and GPU.

The next-gen console will utilize AMD’s latest Zen 2 7nm architecture, as well as the Radeon Navi GPU architecture. The GPU can support accelerated ray-tracing that will make use of highly realistic lighting and other ray-traced functions. The 3D audio processing was made possible by the custom chip included in the console. Another thing that Cerny was proud of is the massive improvement of the SSD that will radically decrease the loading time the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro owners are used to.

Mark Cerny refused to say whether or not there will be a new PlayStation VR to come along with the PlayStation 5. However, it is very likely that they will continue to improve their VR ecosystem considering that it has been a major success after hitting the sales milestone of 4.2 million units.

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The PlayStation VR sold 4.2 million units around the world. Photo: Sony

“I won’t go into the details of our VR strategy today,” Cerny told Wired, “beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console.” He continued.

On more good news about the next-gen console, Cerny said that the PS5 is backward compatible with the PS4, meaning the owners of the current-gen console can play their games on the next-gen console.

Sony has yet to announce the actual release date of the PlayStation 5 but we’re hoping to hear more in the coming months, mostly because Sony has already began giving out devkits to the developers. We’ll just have to wait excitedly in the meantime.

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