PSVR Videos Can Be Improved, All Thanks To VR Porn?

Apparently so according to one site that's catering for XXX content to the PSVR crowd.

The virtual realtiy (VR) porn streaming site SexLikeReal (SLR) – link NSFW, obviously – has discovered that the PS4 and PlayStation VR are actually capable of viewing far better quality VR videos than was previously believed. As the company’s David Chapman explains.

XXX Adult Entertainment SignWhy the PSVR currently lags behind at VR video

When it comes to VR videos, so far the PSVR has been the poor relation when compared to high-end headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and even the Gear VR. Playstation have a closed ecosystem, meaning the only way of viewing downloaded videos using the PSVR headset is by sideloading through the Littlestar app. The information given to Littlstar by Playstation was that VR videos should be restricted to a maximum width of 2560 pixels – far less than the 5000 pixels which we are starting to see on other VR platforms. When it comes to VR porn (the most popular use of VR video) producers have been supplying videos for the PSVR with a width of only 1080 pixels at 30 FPS for PS4 Original and 1600p at 60FPS for PS4 Pro. Obviously, this leads to a poor image – much more blurry and fuzzy than that of other VR headsets.

What has been discovered?

Adult entertainment site SLR has revealed that the PS4 Pro can actually display 4080 x 2040px resolution videos at 60FPS, while users of the original PS4 can enjoy VR videos at 3200x1600px at 60 FPS. This is far superior to the 2160 x 1080px at 30 FPS that was previously understood to be the maximum resolution for both models of PS4.

Also, it should be noted that there is some confusion in that people believe the 1080p PSVR screen is only capable of that actual resolution. This is not the case – screen and video resolution are not the same thing. Video is projected onto a sphere and the 1080p visuals you see are part of this sphere. This means the better the total video resolution the better
detail you get for the footage you see in your headset.

Why did technicians look into this?

The SLR tech team decided to figure out the capabilities of both versions of the PS4 console. Based on the controller specs, they soon realised that the PSVR was in fact capable of displaying much higher quality video – meaning a vastly improved experience for their PSVR-owning customers.

Slider: PlayStation VRWhat does this mean for PSVR users?

Two words: better immersion. This means the PSVR is a much more viable method of viewing VR porn than was previously assumed. The image is sharper and more crisp, while the footage is smoother and more fluid thanks to the improved framerate. PSVR users can finally experience VR porn and VR videos how they were meant to be seen.

In response to these findings, SLR have started trans-encoding their entire library of 5,000 videos. There are currently over 400 PSVR-friendly videos already available on the site, enhanced using the highest-quality original files directly from the studios themselves.

How the experience now compares to other VR headsets

The PSVR experience is now vastly superior to using a Cardboard headset and compares well to the Gear VR. However, it isn’t perfect. Unlike the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it isn’t capable of displaying 5K footage and above, which is becoming more and more popular. Plus, the PlayStation closed ecosystem means all videos need to be viewed through the Littlestar app rather than dedicated apps such as SLR app.

Hopefully, the next generation of Playstation will be able to support more advanced video codecs than h264, which limits the system to 4K videos only. Another drawback is that the current Playstation browser is not compatible with WebVR videos, which would otherwise allow seamless streaming from any website.

A ​step-by-step guide​ for viewing external video on the PSVR

  1. Set up your Playstation VR system using the official video from Sony.
  2. Install the Littlestar VR Cinema Player app (free download from the Playstation Store)
  3. Prepare your storage device by formatting a hard drive or USB flash drive using exFAT or FAT32 (Windows video / Mac video) then create a folder named Littlstar ​in the top level of your device. (Note: FAT32 is restricted to 4GB file sizes so exFAT is recommended)
  4. Download some VR videos – whatever that may be. (Note: the original PS4 is limited to 1600p files while the PS4 Pro can play 2040p files)
  5. Place your VR video in your Littlstar ​folder and rename them according to the type of video.

    VR Video Naming Conventions
    (Via: SexLikeReal.com’s PSVR Guide.)
  6. Now play your videos. On the Littlstar ​homepage press O to bring up the menu. Choose the library, find your videos and then play them!
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