A senior staff product manager for PlayStation VR2, Yasuo Takahashi, revealed a few exciting new features for the PSVR2 headset. Among these is a see-through view, which allows users to see what is happening outside of their headset while they play a VR game. This feature is enabled with the front-facing camera and can be activated with a button on the headset, or by a Control Center card. Although it won’t allow you to record what’s happening in your VR game, this feature will let you broadcast what you’re doing while you play.

Before we head over, do check out No Man’s Sky in Development for PSVR 2 and the Horizon Call of the Mountain trailer for PSVR 2.

Customized Play Area

The custom play area in the PSVR 2 see-through feature lets players set boundaries for their play area. The headset’s embedded cameras scan the room and change the area when necessary.

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Scanning the Area Using PSVR 2, Image Courtesy: Sony

The controllers detect when the player is about to cross the boundary and warn him or her. The new feature also enables players to record themselves while playing. Players can connect a PS5 HD camera to the console to capture their reactions in real-time.

The custom play area feature is a welcome addition to the PSVR 2. By defining your own boundary, you can play safely without worrying about damaging your surroundings. The new feature also allows users to define a custom play area, which can prevent them from tripping over furniture or running into other players.

Customizing the Play Area, Image Courtesy: Sony

This is especially helpful if you’re a YouTube or Twitch streamer. As you can see, the PSVR2 see-through feature is going to make this virtual reality experience a lot more immersive.

Switching between VR and Cinematic mode

The PlayStation VR2 is expected to feature two main modes: Cinematic mode and VR mode. In VR Mode, the PlayStation screen will display 360-degree VR content, such as VR games.

This mode will provide high-resolution 4000 x 2040 resolution with a frame rate of 120 Hz. In Cinematic mode, however, players will only see non-VR content. The UI of the PS5 system will appear on the virtual cinema screen.

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You can switch between VR and cinematic mode in PS VR2 by going to the settings menu and selecting the option that matches your screen resolution. Although larger screens offer better picture quality, you’ll find that they require more space and can be uncomfortable to use.

Cinematic mode also makes it easier to view content on other devices. You can easily change the resolution and size in the settings menu. The screen size can be set from full HD to standard definition to match the resolution of the PS4’s display.

Embedded front cameras

The upcoming PlayStation VR2 is expected to feature embedded front cameras. These cameras will allow users to see their surroundings through the headset, which is very useful for house checks and finding controllers while wearing the VR headset.

However, this feature will not allow players to record what they see while wearing the headset. If you want to livestream the experience, you will need to own a PS5 HD camera. Sony has revealed that the PSVR2 will have a customised play area and Cinematic Mode.

Embedded front cameras in PS VR2, or ‘See Through’, allow users to watch themselves while playing a game. The cameras can be controlled by a controller, allowing users to use the Sense motion-tracking feature.

The PS VR2’s camera also scans the environment, allowing gamers to set up customized play areas to record their game gameplay. If they approach these boundaries, they will get a warning.


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