How to use PlayStation VR on your gaming PC
The best VR headsets don’t come cheap, but Sony’s PlayStation VR is one of the best budget options out there. However, unlike Oculus Quest 2, Valve Index and HTC Vive, Sony’s console VR solution won’t work on your gaming PC right out of the box. This may be normal since the device is designed for the PS4, but there is a way to play your Steam games using Sony’s VR headset.
Before we dive in, it’s worth noting that PSVR isn’t compatible with all PC VR games. You won’t be able to play games like Skyrim VR or Doom VFR using room-wide moves, but you can jump in Standing Only games using a mouse, keyboard, or keyboard. a PC controller. You can also use Sony’s PlayStation Move controllers to play Beat Saber on Steam, but you’ll need to go out of your way to set them up.
Getting Sony’s VR headset to work on your rig sounds daunting, but we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you through the process. So, without further ado, here’s how to use PlayStation VR on PC.
How to use PSVR on PC:
Setup Trinus PSVR
First, you’ll want to install Trinus PSVR, an app that helps bridge the gap between Sony’s device and your PC.
Here’s how to install Trinus PSVR:
- Head to the Trinus PSVR Website and click the purple “download Trinus PSVR” button.
- An executable called TrinusPSVRSetup should start downloading to your PC. Once complete, run the file and follow the installer’s on-screen instructions.
Connect the PSVR to your PC
Once the installation of Trinus PSVR is complete, you will need to connect the headset to your computer. For this step, make sure you have a free HDMI port and a spare cable.
- Plug an HDMI cable into the PSVR’s processing unit, then connect the opposite end to your PC’s HDMI output port.
- Connect the processing unit to your computer’s USB port using its supplied cable. You will want to use a USB 3.0 port if you have one available.
- Plug your PSVR into the processing unit and use its included power supply.
- Turn on the headset using its inline power button. Your PC should recognize the headset as a monitor.
- On your PC, right-click on your desktop and select “Display Settings”. Next, select “Extend these screens” in the “Multiple screens” section.
- Finally, make sure your resolution is set to 1920 by 1080 before clicking “Apply”.
Calibrate your PSVR on PC
Now that your PSVR and PC are on good terms, it’s time to connect Trinus PSVR to Steam VR. If you haven’t already, make sure you have Steam VR installed on your PC before launching the app.
- Launch Trinus PSVR and navigate to the “main” tab.
- Access the “headset display” drop-down list and select “.DISPLAY1”.
- Change the ‘mode’ drop-down menu to ‘SteamVR’.
- Press the “Assign Key” button to map a shortcut to reset the PSVR view. This will help you fix the device tracking if something goes wrong.
- Check the “Use mouse wheel” box to enable zoom functionality in games.
- Sit your PSVR on a flat surface and click the “Start” button on the right side of the window.
- Launch Steam and click on the VR icon at the top right of the screen.
- Click on “running room setup” and select “standing only”. You will then be asked to enter your height before selecting “Calibrate Floor”.
- You should now see SteamVR Home on both your monitor and the PSVR screen.
Now that you’re up and running, you can dive into your Steam VR library without buying another headset. Although using PSVR on PC limits things to stationary gameplay, the console peripheral might give you a taste of virtual reality before investing in a full-fledged PC VR headset.
Will PSVR 2 be compatible with PC?
At CES 2022, Sony teased some details about its PSVR headset successor, the PlayStation VR 2. The company didn’t say whether its next-gen VR device will be compatible with PCs, but did confirm that it uses only one. USB-C cable for connectivity. While that doesn’t necessarily mean it will natively support platforms like Steam, its choice of interface should make homebrew solutions simple.
It’s also important to note that Sony intends to release more games on Steam using its PlayStation PC label, which means hardware support could complement its expansion on the platform. However, it remains to be seen whether or not that means we’ll get PSVR 2 support out of the box on PC.
Is PSVR better than Oculus Quest?
When it comes to specs, the original Oculus Quest is ahead of the PSVR, with a resolution of 1600 by 1440 per eye. The newer Oculus Quest 2 also trumps Sony’s VR offering in specs, but the company’s upcoming PlayStation VR 2 might be enough to make Meta sweat.
Boasting a resolution of 2000 by 2040 per eye, the PSVR 2 could set the VR experience bar even higher, especially if it has native PC gaming support. That said, Meta’s Project Cambria, AKA the Oculus Quest Pro for now, is also on the horizon, and the company’s Metaverse ambitions could give it an edge in the VR scene.
What PC games are compatible with PSVR?
For the most part, only games with PC controller are compatible with PlayStation VR on PC. Gamepad compatibility is listed in each Steam game’s showcase page, so checking your collection shouldn’t be too much of a pain.