With all of the write-ups and videos I have seen, I thought I would have found this answer by now. Simply put, can my friend and I each grab a controller for my PS4 Pro, and sit down together to play the game?
In my situation, I would be looking to take advantage of the non-VR mode for now, as I do not yet have the VR gear. So, it really is your basic old-school couch co-op scenario.
I haven't purchased the game yet...this answer would influence my decision, hence my asking.