For many original PSVR owners, Cinematic Mode offered a novel alternative way to enjoy non-VR content on the PS4. It worked by placing you in a virtual space, and broadcasting any content on a gigantic screen in front of you. This feature will return on PSVR2, although it will come with some familiar caveats due to the limitations of the technology.
So, output will be limited to 1920x1080, which is a big improvement on the original PSVR – but is obviously less than the 4K image your television may produce. You’ll also benefit from HDR in PSVR2, which wasn’t available on the original headset. Overall, it’s a pretty big quality bump compared to the original PSVR, but the drawbacks are still there.
One thing of note is that PSVR2’s Cinematic Mode will be able to render at up to 120fps, so if you play any compatible games, you won’t have to sacrifice frame rate just to experience them in Sony’s next-gen headset. There’s no mention of support for 3D movies, but Blu-rays will work – as will streaming applications, such as Netflix.
It’s worth adding that if you do decide to enjoy non-VR content in PSVR2, then there’ll be no output on your television screen. This means you’re probably not going to want to use the headset if you’re planning to enjoy something with friends and family – but obviously tethering a screen to your face is antithetical to being sociable anyway.
Will you be taking advantage of PSVR2’s Cinematic Mode at all? Get behind the goggles in the comments section below.