PlayStation has shared a new look at the PS VR2, offering a glimpse at the user experience features that prospective owners can expect in its next-generation headset.
One of the major ones is see-through view, a self-explanatory concept that will allow users to see their surroundings without taking the headset off. Switching sounds pretty easy, as PlayStation explains.
With PS VR2, you can see your surroundings while wearing the headset with our new see-through feature. It comes in handy when you want to easily check where the PS VR2 Sense controllers are in your room without taking the headset off. Thanks to PS VR2’s embedded front cameras, users can press the function button on the headset, or use the Card in the Control Center, to switch between viewing your surroundings, or viewing the content on PS VR2. The Card in the Control Center also gives quick access to other PS VR2 settings, such as adjusting your play area.
Up next are new broadcasting and customized play area features. The former allows PS VR2 users to film themselves while playing by connecting a PS5 HD Camera to their consoles (“a great way to show your movements and reactions during a boss battle,” per SIE), while the latter allows users to customize the play area for the PS VR2 with the use of PS VR2 Sense controllers and the embedded cameras. (The user will receive a warning if they move past the set boundary.)
PS VR2 users can also expect a VR Mode and Cinematic Mode. With VR Mode, players can experience VR game content “in a 360 view in a virtual environment,” with content displayed in “4000 x 2040 HDR video format (2000 x 2040 per eye) with 90Hz/120Hz frame rate.”
Cinematic Mode, on the other hand, lets players “view the PS5 system and UI and all non-VR game and media content on a virtual cinema screen.” Content in this mode is displayed “in 1920×1080 HDR video format with 24/60Hz and also 120Hz frame rate.”
PlayStation says that it’ll be sharing the launch date and additional games coming to the PS VR2 platform “soon.” Horizon Call of the Mountain, a VR game set in the world of Guerrilla Games’ hit post-apocalyptic franchise, was announced in January 2022.