From over past two years, Sony has been working on VR support for the PlayStation 4, known as PlayStation VR (previously known as Project Morpheus). The device is set for release a couple of weeks later this month, but according to the Sony’s FAQ page, the players will need to unplug PS VR Processing in order to enjoy the HDR support on PlayStation 4.
After Sony officially revealed the high-end, 4K capable PlayStation 4 Pro last month during Sony’s PlayStation Meeting, during which it also revealed that the standard PlayStation 4 will be getting HDR support through an update. Processor Unity (PU) is a device that will be connected to the PlayStation 4 through an HDMI cable and the TV.
According to Sony, the Processing Unit supports regular non-VR content on the TV, even if the PS4 is connected to the TV through the Processing Unit, which is connected to the AC adapter while the VR headset is not in use. According to the Sony, the pass through can handle the native 1080p and also PS4 Pro’s UHD 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) at 60 Hz on the PlayStation 4 Pro. But the PS VR lacks HDR functionality. So in order to enjoy HDR on the PS4, the players will need to connect the PS4 directly to the HDR enabled TV.
“However, HDR signals are not supported for pass through by the PU. This applies to both 1080p and 2160p HDR. If you have a HDR capable TV and want to view PS4 content in HDR, it is necessary to cable the PS4 directly to the TV”
PlayStation VR will be released on October 13th for $399. Pre-orders for the device on various retailers are now live across the globe. HDR support was added to the PlayStation 4 via recent system update 4.0. Stay tuned for more updates!