Early look at the user experience for PlayStation VR2 

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Early look at the user experience for PlayStation VR2 

Check out the new see-through view and broadcasting option for PS VR2.

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.  As we continue with our launch efforts, today, we’d like to offer a quick peek at some of the user experience features you’ll discover on PS VR2. 

Let’s take a look. 

See-Through View

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.

The see-through view is just for viewing only, so there’s no recording option.

Broadcast Yourself While Playing

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! 

Customized Play Area 

The play area for PS VR2 can be customized by using the PS VR2 Sense controllers and the embedded cameras. The cameras will allow you to scan the room, while the PS VR2 Sense controllers allow you to expand and further customize the play area to fit your play style and room environment.

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. You can modify your settings at any time while PS VR2 is connected. Once you set up your play area, the settings will be saved unless you move into a different play area.

VR Mode and Cinematic 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.

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.

PS VR2 game developers will begin to access the latest user experience for PS VR2 in a new system software release coming soon as part of the ongoing development. There are lots of exciting things to look forward to for PS VR2, and we can’t wait to share more details about our next-generation virtual reality headset that takes a dramatic leap forward in gameplay innovation. We’ll share more information soon, including launch date and additional games coming to the platform.  

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  • This is looking to be a huge improvement over the PSVR, and to VR experience overall. The custom boundary setup is a great feature.

  • To everyone saying backwards compatibly won’t happen. It will because just like when PCVR headsets used external tracking and made the switch to internal tracking, ALL of the same games just worked. The tracking happens on the system side, begins the scenes.

  • Awesome job with PSVR2. QQ: can I save different play areas in case I changed my location during the day?. Thanks!

  • 3D Blu Ray. Do it. Do it now.

    • Seriously.

      Also, the 1080p HDR limitation on the Cinematic View instead of full 4K HDR support is disappointing — apps like Netflix, Prime, Apple, Disney, Hulu, Vudu, etc. all have 4K content that could be streamed in HDR and look amazing on a massive virtual screen in a variety of viewing environments.

      If nothing else, I hope there’s a way to do a USB-C to HDMI out and hook it up to an old 3D BluRay player so I can still watch all of my 3D films. They look amazing in VR and without the dark glasses making the image dimmer. The resolution was the weakest point of the PSVR’s cinematic screen; so hopefully they allow full 4K HDR after hearing from the community.

  • Broadcasting using the PS5 camera is a great feature but I sure hope they consider the people that stream through a PC. It’s the main reason why I don’t stream PSVR1 a lot because taking the headset off to read chat was annoying.

    I did find a chat relay bot so I streamed directly off the console to a smurf Twitch account and then had the bot relay the chat from my main channel to the smurf which would then pop up in my headset. It’s a big pain and something I hope they consider and partner with Twitch to fix with VR2.

  • I am super excited for this. Hopefully i can get one as soon as it is released.

  • For the love that is all things gaming, please make this open platform non-proprietary… people on pc could adopt this to use with every game on pc as well as playstation. VR is such a spread out market that it will only benefit you to not have borders. I love the tech behind this but with an oculus in every room of my house… more cross functionality would be welcomed in my family.

  • Looks great! I’ll be a day-one supporter, barring any issues finding one. I’m not sure if the PlayStation VR2 will be as hard to come by as the PS5 has been, for some customers. Regardless, I hope Sony, and their retailer partners, make efforts to ensure that PlayStation VR2 is available to customers who actually want it, and not resellers/bots looking to flip it. I’m not sure what the solution could be, but I hope efforts are made.

  • PSVR2 is looking amazing so far!! I really hope we get Half Life Alyx and Boneworks/Bonelab

  • i need this rn please sony give me a release date

  • i need this rn please sony give me a release date

  • Watching 3D blu-ray movies on PSVR for the PS4…
    Can you add that feature for the PS5 please???
    What would also be rad is them figuring out ways to port 3D PS3 games over to PS4 or PS5 to be played in 3D on the PSVR/PSVR2.
    Other than those somewhat unrealistic requests, the PSVR2 is shaping up to be a great headset!

    • People all over this comment section are asking for 3D BluRay support. I don’t see why Sony couldn’t do it with a firmware update (assuming it’s not a technical inability of their optical drive). I traded my PS4Pro in for a PS5 so now the only way I could watch my collection is gone.

      If they don’t do it, I sure hope we can use a USB-C to HDMI-out on an older 3D BluRay player and still be able to view 3D films to preserve them (and a way to rent them would be great too, like via BigScreenVR maybe). Disappointing they limited the virtual screen to 1080p HDR, instead of 4K HDR. Don’t see the reason for this, or at least upscaled 4K. Playing a film on Netflix/Apple/Vudu/Prime/Hulu/Disney/etc. should be significantly less intensive than a VR game.

  • Will there be 3D Blu-Ray support?

  • Looking forward to massive upgrade over the PSVR and Oculus Quest 2 I currently use for VR. Really hoping that Half-Life Alyx will make it to PS5 on PSVR2.

  • Lets gooo PSVR2!!!

  • The see through feature seems like an adaptation of the feature in the Windows Mixed reality headsets, it might not seem immediately useful to some but it is! If you take off your headset you need to readjust your headset so your eyes align properly with the lenses when you put it on again which can get real annoying if you need to look for/at stuff during play frequently.

  • Great stuff! Can’t wait for the next news drop =D

    Will buy on day 1.

    But please update the media player as well. I use a 360 camera and was able to view the pics on PS4 PSVR by setting media player to VR mode. Upgraded to PS5 recently (traded in PS4 to save some cash, but have the VR adapter), and was disappointed to see I can’t view my pics anymore. The PS5 version of the media app can’t read those pics :(

    • PS5 doesn’t support 3D BluRays either. Disappointed they cut corners on features like these, instead of making them selling points.

  • Yes yes yes a thousand times yes, I can’t wait!!!!!! From PS4 experience and basically don’t need a TV half the time when using the headset. I’ve played titanfal 2, cod and a couple of other story games with the headset on so I’m glad they seem to be making sure the non VR mode is working better then b4!!!

  • Nice blog update, Can we please get clarity and confirmation either way on PSVR1 backwards compatibility? I didn’t have a PS4 last generation so didn’t get to play some of the key titles on PSVR the first time around.

  • zombieslayer2566

    Can’t wait I am so excited to play resident evil and no mans sky!

  • @PlayStation, please, can you enable 3D Blu-ray support for PS5+PSVR2 like with PS4+PSVR?

  • Hopefully we can hear more about release? Pricing, etc? I’m just worried that if it is delayed further out, that more developers are gonna shy away from it

  • Yes I’m so excited. Are you going to have a way for those who already own a ps5 to reserve there’s so the scalpers don’t get ahold of all of them. As in you have to have a ps5 registered with your account to buy through ps direct?

  • This is by far the most exciting and innovative thing I’ve seen come to the PlayStation platform since the Dual Sense. I would have loved to have a wireless option but I get it, the device needs to be powered somehow and remain at a competitive price.

    All in all, the PSVR2 is getting my expectations a bit higher than it’s predecessor. I hope this is released sooner rather than later.

  • HYPE

  • PSVR 2 can’t wait. Looks to be amazing

  • Sony Software Developers, please, for the love of God, add 3D Blu-ray support. This should also allow us to watch our favorite 3D Blu-ray movies using the PS VR2 headset without experiencing any crosstalk. The PS4 and PSVR can do it. Let’s get it on the PS5 please!!!

    • Every other few comments brings this issue up. Such a step backwards and a bad look from Sony in terms of preservation, including of their own 3D films.

      Also, the resolution of the virtual screen was the weak point on the PSVR; I can’t believe they’re limiting it to 1080p HDR for the VR2 when you can play 4K HDR games in VR. Surely, Netflix and the half dozen other apps with 4K content are easier to display than a VR game.

  • Can’t wait! Love the ability to “see-through.”
    I’m a little disappointed that we’ll simply have the ordinary PS5 home screen. Also, is the cinematic mode really only capable of 1080p?
    So far on the whole this looks like it will be an amazing system!

    • I keep hoping it’s a mistake. They can play 4K HDR games in VR but Netflix/Prime/Vudu/Hulu/Apple/Disney/etc. all feature 4K HDR content that would look fantastic on a massive virtual screen in customizable environments.

      Between that and the inability to play 3D BluRays, and no word on backwards compatibility for the massive collection of PSVR games (many of which are included as part of PS+ Extra/Premium), this is a lackluster announcement.

  • day one purchase 🔥😤

  • Good news, but…. regarding compatibility with all psvr games that I bought? take everything e put in the garbage? I don’t want to have two headsets at home, and if I want to play on horizon put psvr2, if I want to play on beat saber put psvr1…..

  • Can we get a backwards compatibility announcement so i can start purchasing games. Will it play ps4 vr games? Just announce it already

  • Is it PC supported?

  • I wonder if this mode may help with motion sickness, some be games make me so sick I have to stop playing

  • Couldn’t care less about this expensive technology that doesn’t amount to much more than elaborate tech demos. Can’t believe Sony gave up dedicated portables for this, and players supporting this but apparently never supported their portables enough to be viable… Nintendo Switch and Steam deck shows there’s clear interest in this, and Sony and its players are missing out on what I think is the biggest value next to homeconsoles, in favor of this… Or maybe it’s just because it’s an easier market to dominate -_-

  • crispychicken109

    So hype for this!!! Been waiting for ps to do this!

  • That’s too bad passthrough view of surroundings is not in color. AR gameplay will be great once it finally takes off.

  • I’m excited for the PSVR2. I still have a PSVR1 which I use on occasion, but it is such a mission to setup infront of my TV I hardly use it. I am hoping that most previous games are compatible with the PSVR2 in some way, perhaps ones that don’t require the move controller, but I am also hoping that the developers of all the PSVR1 games create patches or updates so that they make their games compatible with the PSVR2, as I have quite a large library of PSVR games that I would like to continue playing on the new headset.

  • Why is the video black and white and not color when you turn it on find something or look around or even talk to someone?

  • Hope the PSVR2 comes out for Christmas my son and I are so looking forward to experiencing it.

  • VR is about as compelling as 3D tv was a few years ago. Yeah we bought one and used it on 3D mode one time and put the glasses away and never got them out again.
    Entertainment that requires wearing an apparatus isn’t entertaining for long.

  • What I would really like to see is to be able to plug 2 headsets into the same machine and be able to play with friends in the same room. I loved playing table tennis with friends in the old Ps3 move and miss that on PS4 Vr. Please can we have this?

  • When you view surroundings, can there be a better video of the surroundings on the ps vr2 camera on the headset and record in the future. This would be nice. Looking forward to day one of launch

  • When is it here going be a trailer for the VR 2 🤩🤩🥰

  • Awesome…

  • I just can’t wait for the release!

  • Does anyone know when the vr2 will be released?

  • Seems to have been a longer wait than it actually has been, considering it was only announced this year iirc. Still, can’t wait for it to finally drop and get added to my Christmas list….
    … Of presents I buy for myself xD

  • Awesome features quest 2 has those tho and inlove them cant wait for psvr 2

  • I can’t wait for VR2. I’m no Meta fan, and I trust Sony with my privacy.

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