PlayStation's new VR headset focuses on streaming and security

PlayStation’s new VR headset focuses on streaming and security

Various new features will make virtual reality safer and easier to share with your friends, according to an early look at the PlayStation VR2 user experience.

A recent blog post by Sony revealed what we can expect when hands-on with a next-generation VR headset, including several screenshots of the device in action. Safety appears to be the primary focus, with the new transparent view allowing you to check your surroundings without removing the headset. Here, the PlayStation VR2’s built-in front cameras are triggered to produce a grayscale image of the playing area. By pressing the headset function button or accessing the Control Center, you can switch between viewing the game and seeing your surroundings.

PlayStation VR2’s transparent feature looks like something out of a found horror movie

The PlayStation VR2’s transparent display extension is a feature that other VR consoles have been enjoying for a while: the ability to customize your own playing area. With built-in cameras and PS VR2 Sense controllers, you can scan your room to set precise gaming limits. During the gameplay, the system will warn you when you are approaching the boundary, which is useful for avoiding harm or harm to yourself and others. The original PlayStation VR was limited in this regard, so it’s good to see that this has been addressed with the PS VR2.

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There’s no doubt that PlayStation VR2 creators and content creators will enjoy the added ability to stream footage locally from the PS5 camera as well. This feature allows creators to simultaneously broadcast their gameplay and reactions on platforms like Twitch. With earlier devices, this required an external solution. It looks like PS VR2 will make sharing VR gaming sessions easier than ever.

Sony has also reiterated some technical aspects of the PlayStation VR2. For example, games in VR mode provide a 360-degree virtual environment to play in, where content is displayed at a resolution of 4000 x 2040 – 2000 x 2040 pixels per eye – in HDR at 90 Hz or 120 Hz. Alternatively, Cinema Mode allows you to view non-VR content on a virtual cinema screen. Here, you can enjoy non-VR media at 1920 x 1080 resolution with a choice of 24Hz, 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rates.

PlayStation VR2 Control Center
In-game PlayStation VR2 Control Center glimpse

As for when you expect the PlayStation VR2 to be released? Sony hasn’t confirmed a release date yet, though there have been many whispers suggesting a release period in late 2022 or early 2023.

Everything Sony revealed about the PlayStation VR2 looks promising. Security features that make it stand out from the competition, and more content creation capabilities are really good ideas. Now all that remains is to confirm its availability and the all-important price tag.

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