If you own a PlayStation console, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about with PlayStation VR (PS VR). PS VR is a virtual reality headset that allows you to experience immersive gameplay and other content in a whole new way. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up and using your PS VR headset.
What You Need to Use PlayStation VR
Before you can start using your PS VR headset, you’ll need to make sure you have the following items:
- PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 console
- PS VR headset
- PS VR cables (HDMI, USB)
- PS VR Processor Unit
- PS VR headset connection adapter (for PlayStation 5)
- PlayStation Camera
- Dualshock 4 wireless controller or PlayStation Move motion controller
- VR game or other VR content
Setting Up Your PlayStation VR
Setting up your PS VR is a fairly simple process, but it’s important to follow the steps carefully to ensure a smooth setup.
- First, make sure your PlayStation console is turned off and unplugged.
- Locate the PS VR Processor Unit and the PS VR headset. The Processor Unit is a small box with a circular light on the front. The PS VR headset is the main headset unit that you will wear on your head.
- Connect the PS VR Processor Unit to your PlayStation console using the supplied HDMI cable. The HDMI cable should be plugged into the HDMI port on the back of the Processor Unit and the HDMI port on the back of your PlayStation console.
- Connect the Processor Unit to a power outlet using the supplied power cord.
- Locate the HDMI and USB cables that came with your PS VR headset. These cables will be used to connect the PS VR headset to the Processor Unit.
- Connect the PS VR headset to the Processor Unit using the supplied HDMI and USB cables. The HDMI cable should be plugged into the HDMI port on the Processor Unit and the HDMI port on the headset. The USB cable should be plugged into the USB port on the Processor Unit and the USB port on the headset.
- If you’re using a PlayStation 5 console, you’ll also need to use the PS VR headset connection adapter. This adapter allows the PS VR headset to be used with the PlayStation 5 console. Simply plug the adapter into the HDMI port on the Processor Unit and the HDMI port on the headset.
- Place the PlayStation Camera on a flat surface in front of your TV, making sure it’s positioned so that it can see the light bar on your Dualshock 4 controller or PlayStation Move motion controller.
- Turn on your PlayStation console.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to calibrate your PlayStation Camera and set up your PS VR headset. This may include setting up your TV screen and audio output, as well as adjusting the headset to fit your head comfortably.
Using PlayStation VR
Now that your PS VR headset is set up, it’s time to start using it! Here’s how to get started:
- Put on the PS VR headset, making sure it’s adjusted comfortably on your head. The headset should sit securely on your head, with the straps adjusted so that it doesn’t feel too tight or too loose.
- Turn on your Dualshock 4 controller or PlayStation Move motion controller. The controller should be turned on by pressing and holding the PS button until the controller turns on.
- Select the VR game or other VR content you want to play from the PlayStation home screen. This can be done
- Follow the on-screen instructions to start playing. Most VR games and content will have specific instructions on how to play, so be sure to follow these instructions carefully to get the most out of your experience.
Tips for Using PlayStation VR
- Make sure you have plenty of space around you when using PS VR. It’s important to have a clear area to move around in to fully experience the VR content. Some VR games and experiences may require you to stand or move around, so make sure you have enough space to do so comfortably.
- Take breaks regularly to give your eyes and mind a rest. VR gameplay can be intense, so it’s important to give yourself a break every 20-30 minutes or so. You can take a break by simply removing the headset and taking a short break before starting up again.
- If you’re using PlayStation Move motion controllers, make sure you have a clear line of sight to the PlayStation Camera. The motion controllers rely on the camera to track your movements, so if the camera can’t see the controllers, it won’t work properly.
- If you experience any dizziness or discomfort while using PS VR, stop playing immediately and take a break. VR can sometimes cause motion sickness, so if you start to feel sick, it’s important to stop playing and give yourself a chance to recover.
Setting up and using PlayStation VR is a fun and exciting way to experience immersive gameplay and other content on your PlayStation console. Just make sure to follow the steps carefully and take breaks regularly to get the most out of your PS VR experience. With a little bit of setup and practice, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying all that the world of VR has to offer.
The best games we suggest to play along with PlayStation VR
- Beat Saber – a rhythm game where you slash through blocks with glowing swords to the beat of the music
- Astro Bot: Rescue Mission – a platformer where you play as a small robot on a mission to rescue his crewmates
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – a horror game set in a creepy abandoned mansion
- Tetris Effect – a colorful, trippy version of Tetris with a killer soundtrack
- Spider-Man: Far From Home VR – a web-slinging adventure set in the Spider-Man universe
- Superhot VR – a slow-motion shooter where time only moves when you do
- Until Dawn: Rush of Blood – a horror rail shooter set in the Until Dawn universe
- Borderlands 2 VR – a first-person shooter set in the wacky Borderlands world
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR – an open-world RPG set in the fantasy world of Skyrim
- Firewall Zero Hour – a tactical shooter that puts you in the middle of intense multiplayer battles.
These are just a few examples, and there are many other great games available for PlayStation VR. Have fun exploring and finding the games that are right for you!