Sony Computer Entertainment didn’t just reveal the price and launch plans of their upcoming virtual reality headset today, they have also outlined how the head mounted device is to be used for more than just VR games thanks to the PlayStation VR Cinematic Mode.
This mode actually embodies Sony’s promise when they said that it wasn’t just about virtual reality experiences. What this special mode does is that it lets you access the whole off your console even when you are wearing the headset.
For starters, this takes care of at least some levels of isolation while also addressing the immersion problem. For instance, if you wished to do something on your PS4 other than play a VR game, you would have had to take off the device had it not been for the Cinematic Mode.
The PlayStation VR Cinematic Mode allows you to view and use the PS4 in a 16:9 aspect ratio. This means not only you can access the menu from inside the device but also play any of the games you have on your console whether they are VR games or non-VR games.
However, it appears that this is not going to be the same as the Oculus Cinema or solutions like BigScreen that allow you to do all that in a virtual reality experience. This is so because Andrew House, the Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, has mentioned three levels of zoom for the mode.
If the PlayStation VR Cinematic Mode was going to give you a virtual couch, living room and a large screen inside it to use your PS4 on, House would not have mentioned the zoom.
It looks like we are going to get just a window to access the console.