PlayStation VR's Cinematic Mode is basically everything you see as a 'normal' PlayStation 4 experience. Regular, non-VR adapted games and apps can still be viewed through the headset, which is good news since there's a lot of times you'll need to do things that aren't specifically VR.
It's like looking at a big cinema screen, hence the name, but you can change how big it is so it's a more pleasant experience for your own tastes. It's pretty simple, and here's how you do it.
Head to the settings menu.
Then scroll down to devices.
Towards the bottom you'll find PlayStation VR.
Second from the top you'll see screen size.
You have a choice of three different options now, conveniently labelled small, medium and large.
- Choose your preferred size and watch the screen change before your eyes!
As a good balance we've found that the stock, medium setting is the best to use. It seems to closer represent how you'd see the PlayStation 4 on a regular screen. Large is, well, large and basically fills your entire field of view inside the headset. But remember, it's like looking at a large screen, so it's flat and harder to see everything at a glance this way.
If you chose small you get a smaller display but it will follow your head movements and stay central inside the headset. For the other modes you have to hold down the options button to reset the cinematic mode screen position.