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Sony PlayStation VR2 features and abilities are teased ahead of the headset's launch

The PS VR2. (Source: Sony)
The PS VR2. (Source: Sony)
Sony's second-gen virtual reality (VR) headset for the PlayStation (or PS VR2) is still on the road to launch at the moment. However, the Japanese hardware giant has taken pity on its fans with a new preview of what the accessory should be capable of on its debut. They include a See-Through View mode, the ability to record gameplay and play-area mapping.

Sony has yet to announce a launch date for its 2nd-gen PS VR, although the gaming behemoth might want to do so sooner rather than later, as it is rumored to be the highest-res headset on the market at present. Indeed, the company has now somewhat confirmed this leak with a casual reference to a "2000 x 2040 per eye" spec in the course of its new "early look" blog post on the upcoming peripheral.

This PS VR2 attribute is now touted to come in most handy when using the VR or Cinematic Modes the headset is now rated to support on its debut. They should let the user enjoy those types of content in "4000 x 2040 HDR video format with 90Hz/120Hz frame rates" or "1920×1080 HDR video format with 24/60Hz and also 120Hz frame rate" respectively.

Despite the arguable drop in clarity on those last few points, Sony thus argues that the PS VR2 should be a powerful entertainment-consumption engine for those who buy it. Then again, those same consumers will probably also have gaming in mind, on which the headset is also officially backed to deliver.

Sony has revelealed that it has equipped the upcoming accessory with the ability to map and visualize the room or area intended for use while gaming, so that the headset wearer can either be sure not to collide with anything around them, find their controllers without pausing or enhance their AR experiences.

Recording isn't possible in these See-Through View and Customized Play Area modes; then again, there is also a new Broadcast Yourself While Playing option, whereby the user can get video of their gameplay (in AR too, presumably) for reaction posts and so forth. It does require a PS5 HD Camera to hook up to the console used, however.

All in all, Sony seems confident that the VR2 will be the ideal next-gen solution for its genre - even if the full gamut of its new features might require a bit of a wallet-dive to get deeper into the PS5 ecosystem. Hopefully, it will indeed be on the market soon to keep these new attributes as fresh and relevant as possible.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-07-29 (Update: 2022-07-29)