PlayStation 4 introduced some important new social features when it launched back in 2013, and PlayStation VR is going to take full advantage of them.
Sony Interactive Entertainment has today posted an ‘ Ultimate FAQ‘ for its upcoming VR headset. It’s mostly filled with information that anyone that’s been following the device will already know, but there are a few interesting nuggets of news. One is that all of the PS4’s social features, including screenshot and gameplay capture and even livestreaming will be available in VR.
According to three of the FAQ’s questions, any gameplay captured when using PS VR will simply appear as it does on your TV. That is as a single image that mirrors where you look with your headset and not as two split images that are being displayed inside of it. This image will also likely be at lower resolution than what you’re seeing inside the HMD. Some games like The Playroom VR will offer a different image on the TV screen than in the headset, but most will simply mirror your lenses. It sounds like it’s thatimage that will be captured. For clarity, you can see each question and answer below
Q: Does the SHARE button work when playing PS VR games?
Yes, you can capture photos and videos using the SHARE button. The resulting capture will be similar to the image presented on the Social Screen.
Q: Can I broadcast / live stream PS VR gameplay?
Yes, you can broadcast your PS VR experiences via Twitch, YouTube, or other streaming video services using the SHARE button located on Dualshock 4 wireless controller. The resulting video feed will be similar to what users experience on the Social Screen.
Q: Can I capture or live stream my PS VR gameplay session?
Yes, in the same way you can stream or capture your standard PS4 gameplay, the PS VR streaming works the same way. The stream view will be the same view as the Social Screen mentioned above.
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but it’s definitely nice to know that you won’t be losing any of the standard PS4 features when jumping into PS VR. You’ll also have access to trophies, though we don’t yet know exactly how they’ll materialize in-game.
PlayStation VR is launching on October 13th. If you’re getting excited, you should really be reading our50 Days Of PS VR countdown and check out ourunboxing photos. Reviews for the headset and its games coming soon.