PlayStation VR has launched and people are already beginning to explore what the peripheral is capable of doing. Users are already aware of the gaming possibilities1, but what else can the device do? After all, the system utilizes an HDMI port to connect to the gaming system, so what if one were to connect the port to another HDMI enabled device? For instance, could you use PlayStation VR on Xbox One?
The answer is rather interesting. Plugging a different HDMI device into the PlayStation VR’s Processor Unit (the HDMI box that connects the VR to the PlayStation 4) activates the virtual theater mode. While it isn’t true virtual reality, it does project a massive screen in front of the user, allowing them to have an IMAX-like experience. So far, people have attempted it with a Wii U, PC, and an Xbox One.
The PC experience is an interesting one, as the desktop is projected in front of the user2. While we’re not seeing a Minority Report-type interface or interaction as yet, it should be noted that this is a step in the right direction for virtual PC operation.
Plug an Xbox One into the device and – as expected – you can actually play Xbox games on a “big screen” right before your eyes. Of course, from the players’ perspective, this doesn’t excuse Microsoft from neglecting to release a VR system. As for how the PlayStation VR is working for most people so far, it seems that there are some issues with tracking at a certain distance and complaints about the number of
As for how the PlayStation VR is working so far, it seems that there are some issues with tracking at a certain distance and complaints about the number of cords required to make the system work. Since there’s not a wireless option as of yet, there doesn’t seem to be much that can be done about that.
For more insight on the PlayStation VR, check out this 24-minute in-depth review from Tested on YouTube: