A new PSVR 2 feature could bring some groundbreaking experiences to the upcoming VR headset.
PSVR 2 is Sony’s dedicated VR headset for PS5. We’ve already been introduced to some of the upcoming headset’s features, such as its streamlined design, but the latest official update from Sony (opens in new tab) revealed even more juicy details. This includes a brand new see-through mode.
This allows PSVR 2 users to view their surroundings without taking off the headset. Some of the best VR headsets support similar passthrough or augmented reality technology, but it’s a first for Sony’s VR output.
PSVR 2 also allows you to fully customize your play space. Using the headset’s controllers and built-in cameras, you can scan your immediate surroundings. This allows you to adjust the size of your play space, useful when you need a little more space or to block out different furniture.
A better view
For my money, the PSVR 2 feature that stands out most in Sony’s latest blog post has to be the new see-through mode. And not just because it will make tasks like finding controllers and being aware of your surroundings much easier.
Sony states that the see-through mode is “display only” and there is no option to record in the mode. A smart choice, as they most likely do not want to pass on their earthly possessions to others online.
However, I wonder if this transparent mode has more tricks up its sleeve when PSVR 2 launches. It could pave the way for augmented reality experiences. That 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 quest or generate a virtual fishing pool.
Ultimately, PSVR 2 sounds better with every update that Sony drops for the headset. And while I can’t say for sure that we’ll be getting next-level augmented reality experiences, just thinking about it makes me excited about the headset’s overall potential.
Add in additional features, such as a new broadcast mode that lets you record yourself with a PS5 HD camera, and support for a full 360-degree view, and PSVR 2 will soon be rich in quality features.
A PSVR 2 release date has still not been confirmed, but Sony is closing the blog post saying that more information will be shared soon.