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Sony reveals PlayStation VR2 user experience features

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Josh Wise Updated on by

Sony has revealed a number of features for its upcoming PlayStation VR2 system. These include a see through option that lets them view their surroundings through the headset.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, senior staff product manager Yasuo Takahashi said:

“The road to launch for PlayStation VR2 is in full swing, and we can’t wait for you to try the exciting new games and experiences you’ll be able to explore with our next-generation virtual reality headset.”

Takahashi then went on to details several features of the new headset. The really nifty one is the see-through view, which allows you to view your surroundings through the set. This is courtesy of the front-mounted cameras. At the touch of a button, you can view your living room. This is cool, because you won’t have to actually take the headset off.

Then we have the new broadcast mode:

“A new broadcast feature for PS VR2 will allow you to film yourself while playing, by connecting a PS5 HD Camera to the console. It’s a great way to show your movements and reactions during a boss battle and share your reactions with your fellow gamers as it happens!”

Also, you can customise your play area. This uses the PlayStation VR2 controllers and the cameras, allowing you to scan the room:

“While playing, if you get close to the boundary you have set up, you will receive a warning that you are closely approaching the play area boundary.”

Finally, Takahasi described the two viewing modes available. The first is, naturally, VR Mode:

“In VR Mode, players can enjoy VR game content in a 360 view in a virtual environment. Content will be displayed in 4000 x 2040 HDR video format (2000 x 2040 per eye) with 90Hz/120Hz frame rate.”

And we also have Cinematic Mode:

“In Cinematic Mode, players can view the PS5 system and UI and all non-VR game and media content on a virtual cinema screen. Content in Cinematic Mode will be displayed in 1920×1080 HDR video format with 24/60Hz and also 120Hz frame rate.”

We don’t yet have a release date for PS VR2, but Sony will, apparently, “share more information soon.”