The best VR headsets aren’t cheap, but the Sony PlayStation VR is one of the best budget options on the market. However, unlike the Oculus Quest 2, Valve Index, and HTC Vive, Sony’s console VR solution won’t work on your gaming PC out of the box. Perhaps that’s to be expected since the hardware was designed with the PS4 in mind, but there is a way to play Steam games with a Sony VR headset.
Before we dive into it, it’s worth noting that PSVR is not compatible with every VR game on PC. You won’t be able to play the likes of Skyrim VR or Doom VFR with room-wide movement, but you can jump into Standing Only games with your mouse, keyboard, or 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 it up.
Getting a Sony VR headset up and running on your device sounds intimidating, 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:
Prepare your PSVR journey
First, you’ll need to install Trinus PSVR, an app that helps bridge the gap between your Sony 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.
- It should start downloading an executable file called TrinusPSVRSetup to your computer. Once done, run the file and follow the onscreen installer instructions.
Connect PSVR to your PC
Once you have Trinus PSVR installed, you will need to connect the headset to your computer. In this step, make sure you have an HDMI port and a free spare cable.
- Connect the HDMI cable to the PSVR processing unit, and then connect the corresponding end to the HDMI output port of your computer.
- Connect the processing unit to a USB port on your computer using the included cable. You will need to use a USB 3.0 port if you have one available.
- Connect your PSVR to the processing unit and use the supplied power supply.
- Turn on the headset using its built-in power button. Your computer should recognize the headset as a monitor.
- On your computer, right-click on the desktop and select Display Settings. Next, select “Expand these offers” within the “Multiple screens” section.
- Finally, make sure that the resolution is set to 1920 x 1080 before clicking Apply.
Calibrate PSVR on PC
Now that your PSVR and PC are on speaking 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 running the app.
- Launch Trinus PSVR and go to the “Home” tab.
- Go to the “Headset Display” drop-down menu and select “\\.\DISPLAY1”.
- Change the “Mode” drop-down menu to “SteamVR”.
- Press the “Set Key” button to assign a shortcut to reset PSVR display. This will help you fix device tracking if any problems arise.
- Check the “Use mouse wheel” box to enable the zoom function in games.
- Place the 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 Room Setup and select Standing Only. You will then be asked to enter your height before selecting “Floor Calibration”.
- You should now see SteamVR Home on both your screen and your PSVR screen.
Now that you’re up and running, you can dive into your Steam VR library without buying another headset. While using PSVR on PC limits things to static gameplay, the console peripheral hardware can give you a taste of virtual reality before investing in a full PC VR headset.
Will PSVR 2 be compatible with PC?
At CES 2022, Sony revealed some details about its successor to the PSVR headset, the PlayStation VR 2. The company didn’t specify if the next-generation VR device would be compatible with PCs, but did confirm that it uses a single USB-C cable for connectivity. While this does not necessarily mean that it will support platforms like Steam, choosing its interface should simplify homebrew solutions.
It’s also important to note that Sony intends to release more games on Steam with its PlayStation PC label, which means that hardware support can complement its expansion on the platform. However, whether or not this means that we will come out with PSVR 2 support on PC.
Is PSVR Better Than Oculus Quest?
When it comes to specifications, the original Oculus Quest is ahead of PSVR, with a resolution of 1600 x 1440 per eye. The latest Oculus Quest 2 also beats Sony’s VR offerings in terms of specs, but the company’s upcoming PlayStation VR 2 might be enough to make the Meta sweat.
With a resolution of 2000 x 2040 per eye, PSVR 2 can set the VR experience bar even higher, especially if it supports the original gaming PCs. However, the Meta Cambria project, AKA the Oculus Quest Pro at the moment, is also on the horizon, and the company’s Metaverse ambitions could give it an edge in the virtual reality scene.
What PC games are compatible with PSVR?
For the most part, only console-enabled games are compatible with PlayStation VR on PC. Gamepad compatibility is listed on each Steam game’s storefront page, so checking your deck shouldn’t be too cumbersome.