Did you know you can play almost all of your PS4 games inside PlayStation VR (PSVR)? No, they won’t be true VR experiences — unless they natively support the headset — but they will be displayed on an enlarged screen, a little like you were in a cinema.
In fact, the feature is called Cinematic Mode, and it’s actually pretty handy for watching movies too. The trouble is viewing these images through PSVR isn’t as clear as watching them through your TV, as the headset’s screen door effect, where the gaps between pixels are visible, comes into consideration. Tomorrow, however, Sony releases its latest system software update for PS4, 4.50, and it should help tackle that issue somewhat.
In an update on the PlayStation Blog the company noted that resolution on the virtual screen “will improve” after you’ve installed the update. On top of that, anyone using the small or medium screen sizes will also see content natively running on the console at 90Hz bump up to 120Hz with the help of the headset’s reprojection technology. The same effect is used to bring many PSVR games up to 120Hz.
4.50 is also set to improve Social Screen, referring to the image that’s display on your TV screen while you’re using PSVR. According to the company the resolution of this display will be “significantly better” in the PS4 home screen.
As previously noted, you’ll also be able to watch 3D Blu-ray movies within the cinematic mode with this update, making PSVR your very own private 3D TV.
It’s not the most significant set of updates for Sony’s popular headset, which is nearing one million units sold, but it’s certainly appreciated. PSVR has a promising few months ahead of it with releases like Starblood Arena and Farpoint that will hopefully lead into a big E3 for the headset this June.