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Using PlayStation VR with a HDR TV sounds like a massive nuisance

One of the best reasons to buy a HDR-enabled television is Sony’s decision to update all PS4 consoles with the enhanced visual tech.

However, if you also plan to buy the PlayStation VR headset, accessing HDR content through your regular PS4 or PS4 Pro gaming experiences could prove a little fiddly.

Sony has revealed the PS VR’s mandatory processing unit, which sits between the console and the television set, does not support HDR pass through.

So when playing HDR-enabled games on a PS4 or PS4 Pro, gamers will need to ensure the processing unit is unplugged and a direct HDMI connection from console to TV is made.

In an extensive Q&A ahead of the headset’s release next week, Sony wrote: “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.”

This could lead to a lot of plugging and unplugging for gamers, who’ll have a choice between sacrificing HDR during normal gaming hours, or continually plugging in the processing unit to use PlayStation VR.

Elsewhere Sony also revealed the PSVR does not support wireless headphones. Gamers will need to connect via 3.5mm wired headphones.

The company also goes on to address recommended usage times, distance from the TV and whether it’s advisable to sit, stand or move around during the VR experiences.

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