While Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced and unveiled the upcoming PS VR2, the company hasn’t shown much of what it can do. Until today, that is, as the company has put up a new PlayStation Blog post introducing some of the features of its next generation virtual reality headset.
The first feature shared is probably the best one of them all, called the See-Through View. And it does exactly what it says on the tin. Using the PS VR2 headset’s front cameras, it gives wearers a view of what’s in front of them. This is useful for, say, picking up the Sense controllers without having to lift he headset off of your eyes. There’s a dedicated button for this feature on the headset itself, but you can also trigger this using the Card in the PS5 Control Centre. You can’t record in this view though.
While we’re on the cameras of the PS VR2, these are also used to set up your customised play area. The cameras scan the room, with you using the Sense controllers to set up boundaries. While playing, if you get close to said boundaries, you’ll be warned of the fact. Which is nice, unless you want to bump into fragile furniture while playing.
Next, and probably a feature that only live streamers can appreciate, is the ability to broadcast yourself while playing. As in putting yourself in the frame alongside your gameplay. This naturally makes use of the PS5 HD Camera.
And finally, there’s a Cinematic Mode. You’ve probably seen this in most other VR headsets, where the content is displayed in a virtual cinema screen rather than all around you. Though whatever is being displayed in this will be limited to Full HD resolution.
Overall, the two of the most useful features on the PS VR2 involve the cameras embedded into the headset. They are by far the most practical of the features, which should really be universal features on all VR headsets. SIE says that it will share more information on the VR headset soon, including its launch date, which is still missing after half a year since its initial official announcement.