A new PSVR 2 feature could enable some game-changing experiences with the upcoming VR headset.
PSVR 2 is Sony’s dedicated VR headset for PS5. We already know some of the features of the upcoming headset – like its streamlined design – but Sony last official update (opens in new tab) released even more juicy details. This includes a new transparent mode.
This will allow PSVR 2 users to view their surroundings without having to take off their headset. Some of the best VR headsets support augmented reality or similar pass-through technology, but this is a first for Sony’s VR output.
PSVR 2 will also allow full customization of your play area. Using headset controllers and built-in cameras, you can scan your immediate area. This will allow you to adjust the size of your play area, useful if you need a little more space or if you need to block out a lot of furniture.
a better view
For my money, the PSVR 2 feature that stands out the most from Sony’s latest blog post has to be the new transparent mode. And not just because it will make tasks like finding controllers and being aware of your surroundings much easier.
Sony claims that transparent mode is “view only” and that there will be no option to record while in mode. A smart choice, considering you probably don’t want to pass on your earthly possessions to others online.
However, I can’t help but wonder if this transparent mode will have more tricks up its sleeve when PSVR 2 launches. It can pave the way for augmented reality experiences. This can be as simple as mapping full 3D models onto the screen. Or something more interactive like fully playable AR games. Maybe create a hidden object hunt or generate a virtual fishing pool.
Ultimately, the PSVR 2 sounds better with every update Sony releases for the headset. And while I can’t say for sure that we’ll get some truly next-level augmented reality experiences, the thought alone has me excited about the headset’s overall potential.
Add in ancillary features like a new streaming mode that will let you record with a PS5 HD camera and support for full 360-degree viewing, and PSVR 2 is shaping up to be feature-rich in quality.
The release date for PSVR 2 has yet to be confirmed, but Sony closes the blog post by stating that more information will be shared about it soon.