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Sony Entertainment has announced that in contrary to general assumptions, its $400 PlayStation VR isn’t just for gaming. Sony made the announcement during the company’s press conference while also hinting that with Sony’s PlayStation VR, you will also be able to play games and watch video contents that wasn’t designed for virtual reality.

The company calls this feature the cinematic mode. The feature “lets users enjoy a variety of content in a large virtual screen while wearing the headset,” Sony’s press release stated.
Sony's PS VR

“Supported content for the Cinematic mode includes standard PS4 games and videos as well as variety of PS4 features including Share Play and Live from PlayStation. Users will also be able to enjoy 360 degrees photos and videos that are captured by devices such as omnidirectional cameras on PS VR via PS4 Media Player, which will let them feel as if they are physically inside the captured scene.”

The cinematic mode will allow you to play existing PS4 games and use video features, and the player will be able to select small, medium or large sizes for the virtual screen.

The VR platform formerly known as ” Project Morpheus” will sell for less than some other VR gadgets that have been launched so far this year. The Oculus Rift cost $600 while the HTC Vive cost about $800. The PlayStation VR is set for an October 2016 launch and subsequent shipment.

“Ever since we unveiled PS VR PlayStation 2014 Game Developers Conference, we’ve received a tremendous response from gamers and developers alike, Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said in a press release.

Sony's VR headset
“To make sure that we are able to prepare and deliver enough units of PS VR and a wide variety of software titles to consumers worldwide, we have decided to launch PS VR in October 2016. For those who are looking forward to its launch, we would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support. We are beyond excited to deliver to consumers the amazing experience that PS VR offers.”

Andrew House also highlited the improved specs of the the PlayStation VR. He showed the final retail version of the PlayStation VR, while also confirming the platform’s hardware specifications. The VR gadget will ship with a 5.7-inch OLED screen at 1920 x 1080 resolution — 960 x 1080 per eye. This will support refresh rates of 120 Hz and 90 Hz. The VR headset will support a field of view of approximately 100 degrees, feature 360-degree tracking and offer latency of less than 18 ms.

These are some of the Latest specs upgrade of the PlayStation VR

External dimensions
VR headset: Approx. 187×185×277 mm (width × height × length, excludes largest projection, headband at the shortest)
Processor unit: Approx. 143×36×143 mm (width × height × length, excludes largest projection)
Mass
VR headset: Approx. 610g (excluding cable)
Processor unit: Approx. 365g
Display Method
OLED
Panel Size
5.7 inches
Panel Resolution
1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye)
Refresh rate
120Hz, 90Hz
Field of View
Approximately 100 degrees
Sensors
Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
Connection interface
VR headset: HDMI, AUX, Stereo Headphone Jack
Processor unit: HDMI TV, HDMI PS4, USB, HDMI, AUX
Processor Unit Function
3D audio processing, Social Screen (mirroring mode, separate mode), Cinematic mode
Included
VR headset × 1
Processor unit × 1
VR headset connection cable × 1
HDMI cable × 1
USB cable × 1
Stereo headphones × 1 (with a complete set of earpiece)
AC power cord × 1
AC adaptor × 1

*2 Number as of March 16th, 2016
*3 Number as of March 16th, 2016
*4 THE PLAYROOM VR will include 6 games which will allow all users, including those new to PS VR, to intuitively enjoy VR experiences with other users.
*5 Refer to the attached list for details.
*6 Users can enjoy content on a virtual screen up to 225 inches (5 meters in width) at a distance of 2.5 meters. The size of the screen will feel different depending on individual users.

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