There’s a lot to be excited about right now if you’re a PlayStation fan. A recent update to the PS4 adds HDR functionality, and PlayStation VR is right around the corner. However, if you are hoping to enjoy them both at the same time, then you’re out of luck. Having a PSVR connected to your PS4 means you won’t be able to get HDR visuals.
Sony discusses much about how PSVR will work in an in-depth FAQ posted on the PlayStation Blog. The processor unit that comes with the headset (which is required for use) does support pass-through of non-VR games, which means that you will still be able to play your regular PS4 games even with the headset plugged in and ready to go. They also mention that if you have a PS4 Pro, the pass-through on PSVR’s processor unit will be able to handle 4K resolution.
The most noteworthy bit of information, however, is that the pass-through on the processor unit will not be able to handle HDR. The PSVR headset itself will also not feature HDR. If you want to still enjoy HDR on your TV this means that you will have to unplug the processor unit from your PS4 every time you wish to do so. For people with both an HDR capable TV and a PSVR, you’ll have to either be okay with not getting HDR visuals, or get used to hooking up the PSVR processor unit whenever you want to use it.