PSVR2 is slated to launch in early 2023, and as the deadline approaches, we learn more and more about Sony’s next step into virtual reality.
Case in point, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s own Yasuo Takahashi and Kenzo Akiyama spoke at CEDEC (Computer Entertainment Developers Conference) last week. They revealed several features we knew about, including a see-through view mode, and those cool new controllers. However, they also talked about the ease of porting PlayStation games, whether from other VR platforms or existing PS5-developed games.
Game development for the PSVR2 uses the same SDK (Software Development Kit) as the PS5, which means the process of porting games should be relatively simple… at least, given the complex nature of game dev!
PSVR2 will also feature support for Unity and Real Engine, two of the most popular engines used in game development. Additionally, a standardized controller interface and button placement should streamline the complex process of adapting games from other VR platforms.
Rendering will be enhanced thanks to the PSVR2’s GPU, which features Flexible Scale Rasterization (FSR), allowing pixel density to be freely changed on the fly, and increasing pixel density based on where the player is looking. .
Developer environment tools will also be available, and applications like VR Trace will help teams automatically diagnose problems in games, and highlight issues using capture and replay. Another, called a comfort sample, will allow developers to experience an in-game horizon that doesn’t match the real world, or from problems caused by an incorrect field of view. The tool also includes a quiz that can help teach devs which bugs cause specific problems, which sounds pretty fun.
In short, it looks like the technology behind PSVR2 has come a long way, and a number of different things are being done to ensure the transition of games from other platforms to Sony’s latest is as smooth as possible. May be trouble-free and smooth.
PSVR2 will be playable for the first time at TGS, so for those lucky enough to go, give it a shot and let us know what you think!
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