With Sony’s PlayStation VR headset releasing in just a couple of weeks, an Ultimate FAQ detailing everything you need to know about the peripheral outlines a limitation with the processing unit.
Posted to the PlayStation Blog, the FAQ poses the question “Does the Processor Unit support 4K and HDR pass through?” For those unaware, the processor unit will need to be connected to your PS4 via HDMI cable and will split the signal to both your TV and virtual reality headset.
In answer to this question, the FAQ states:
“The PS VR Processor Unit (PU) supports video pass through so that you can enjoy regular non-VR content on your TV when you have the PS4 connected to the TV via the PU and the PU is connected to power via the AC adapter and the PS VR headset is not in use. This pass through support works for regular 1080p signals and also supports 2160p (UHD or ‘4K’) content in YUV 420 color format at up to 60 Hz from a PlayStation Pro.
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.”
As a result of this, anyone who wants to take advantage of HDR output that came as part of the PS4’s 4.0 update will need to disconnect the processing unit from their console and plug directly into their HDR compatible TV. It may not be the end of the world, but it’s certainly not an ideal situation for those wanting to enjoy VR and the benefits of HDR on their PS4.
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