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In the official Playstation blog, Sony writes that the Playstation 5 can automatically improve games without any limitation in resolution and frame rate. Sony's London studio on Twitter confirms that this also applies in principle to PSVR games: The Hollywood film shooter “Blood & Truth” (test) should run on the PS5 with a higher resolution and a faster frame rate (up to 90 FPS ). In addition, objects should be displayed consistently in the highest level of detail and textures should also be displayed in more detail.
🔥 Higher resolution
🔥 Higher frame rate (up to 90 fps)
🔥 Highest detail assets used at all times
🔥 Improved texture details
... this is across the whole game, as well as all our FREE DLC!
- PlayStation London Studio (@LondonStudioHQ) November 9, 2020
Original article dated November 6, 2020:
The PS5 supports Playstation VR. But does the new console bring any benefits for PSVR users? Three US media were able to extensively test Playstation VR with Playstation 5. These are their impressions.
If you want to use Sony's VR glasses with PS5, you first need a lot of old accessories: the Playstation camera for tracking and, depending on the game, a DualShock controller, Playstation Move or the Playstation Aim controller.
If you play PSVR games that do not require controller tracking, such as Resident Evil 7, you can also use the new Dualsense controller, according to UploadVR.
Only PSVR games of the PS4 generation are supported. No native PS5 games with PSVR support have been announced at this time.
A well-known tangle of cables
The setup is similar to PS4, except that you also need an adapter to connect the Playstation camera. The new PS5 camera is not compatible with Playstation VR.
The PS5 adapter is a USB converter that turns the Playstation camera into a USB device. According to Ars Technica, the camera must be connected to one of the two USB 3.1 ports on the back of the Playstation 5.
The processor box of the VR glasses can optionally also be connected to the front. Either way, Playstation VR is occupied at least two of the three USB ports. If you want to connect the VR glasses and an external hard drive to the PS5, you will not have a USB port for the PS5 camera or for charging the controller. According to the tester, a USB 3.1 hub helps here.
Owners of a Playstation VR can order the PS5 adapter free of charge from Sony. New buyers can find it in new PSVR bundles.
Error-free backwards compatibility
Not much has changed in the setup software. Users can still calibrate their VR glasses and controllers as well as measure and digitally set their eye relief. The PS5 user interface is displayed in the VR glasses and you can still play 2D games in a virtual cinema.
The Installation of games is easy to do. After you have logged into your PSN account, you can see your digitally purchased PS4 games in the PS5 games library and choose which titles you want to install. If you have PSVR games on a disc, you can slide them into the appropriate drive and install the game.
The PS5 supports pretty much every PSVR game with PS4 backwards compatibility. A prominent exception is Robinson: The Journey (test). If a PSVR title is incompatible, this is indicated with a corresponding symbol.
Shorter loading times
But how do PSVR games play on Playstation 5? According to the testers almost the same as with Playstation 4 Pro. If a PSVR game offers graphical improvements for PS4 Pro, then it apparently uses these automatically on the PS5.
Road to VR tested a variety of PSVR games and found no graphical differences from the PS4 Pro. The games should work flawlessly and the tracking should feel the same as with Playstation 4.
The only noticeable improvement concerns the loading times. They are often only half as long on the PS5. In games with extremely long loading times, such as Iron Man VR (test), you still have to wait a long time. Sure, the PSVR games are in no way optimized for the PS5's SSD storage.
At this point in time, it is unclear whether there will be PS5 updates for PSVR games and whether Sony will allow PSVR games that are designed from the ground up for PS5 and take advantage of the massive graphics power of the console.
UploadVR was able to do it after hours of testing and comparing I did not notice any noticeable graphical improvements between PSVR with a PS4 Pro and the PS5. Ars Technica didn't notice any differences either. The performance and resolution are the same as with the PS4 Pro. UploadVR couldn't find any PSVR games that would benefit from the announced Boost feature.
The Playstation 5 is an impressive game console that is worth buying if you don't buy it for virtual reality, the tester sums up and writes that he was “totally disappointed” with the VR support. The only difference to the PS4 Pro are the better loading times and the slightly smoother user experience.
Anyone who has used PSVR with a standard PS4 and is now getting a Playstation 5 will be happy about “fine improvements”, writes Ars Technica. They are an advantage, but not a reason to buy the new console. " PSVR on PS5 is fine, but not a revelation. "
Sources: Road to VR, UploadVR, Ars Technica | Cover picture: Road to VR
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