Sony is still working hard on the new HMD PlayStation VR2 for the PS5. After the device was officially unveiled in January, new details about the eye tracking were provided shortly after. Now, Sony is following up on the PlayStation Blog, providing the first glimpses of the user experience, including streaming features and the pass-through view, thanks to which you can see what’s going on around you with your glasses on.
PlayStation VR2: Sony provides new details
Sony is still pretty much on its own with PSVR, at least in the console sector. But in the meantime, the PlayStation 5 console is taking up space in more and more living rooms and game rooms, and will soon receive a more powerful successor in the form of the PlayStation VR2.
On the in-house PlayStation Blog, Sony has now fleshed out the user experience with the new gaming HMD and presented some exciting features. For example, the PSVR2 will be able to visualize the environment with the new pass-through view when the VR headset is on.
“This is handy because you can easily check where the PS VR2 Sense controllers are in the room without having to take off the headset,” Sony reveals. This is made possible by the PSVR2’s integrated front cameras.
Pressing the function button directly on the headset or using the corresponding card in the Control Center allows you to switch between viewing the environment and viewing PS VR2 content. You can also make quick settings via the Control Center and adjust the gaming area, for example.
However, you cannot record content from “outside”, because the pass-through view is only used for displaying. But there is another function that allows you to broadcast yourself while playing.
PSVR2 with streaming function
“With the new broadcast function for PS VR2, you can film yourself while playing by connecting an HD camera for PS5 to the console,” Sony says. Thus, you can record your movements and reactions and quickly share them with other players on the Internet – of course, especially for content creators an interesting feature.
Additionally, the PlayStation VR2 game area can be customized using the PSVR2 Sense controllers and integrated cameras. The cameras can scan the room, while you can use the input devices to define the boundaries for the game area and expand it if you wish.
For example, you can define cutouts for sofas or other components of the home furnishings. If you get too close to the defined boundaries while playing, the VR goggles issue a warning message. The defined gaming area is saved in the settings and can be adjusted again at any time.
VR mode and cinema mode on PlayStation VR2
In addition, there is a VR mode for the PSVR2, in which you can enjoy VR game content in a virtual environment in a 360-degree view. This content is presented in HDR video format with a resolution of 4000 x 2040 pixels (at 2000 x 2040 pixels per eye) and a frame rate of 90 Hz or 120 Hz.
In Cinema Mode, on the other hand, you can virtually take a seat in a virtual movie theater, where you can enjoy the PS5 system and user interface, as well as all non-VR mode content and media such as videos on a virtual cinema screen. Cinema mode displays content in HDR video format with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 24/60 Hz, and a frame rate of 120 Hz.
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PlayStation VR2 release: when are the new VR glasses coming?
Concrete details about the release or price of the PlayStation VR2 are currently still scarce. Whether the PSVR2 will still be released in 2022 is questionable. However, you won’t have to wait much longer for information. “There will be more news soon, including the release date and additional games for this platform,” the manufacturer promises.