The PlayStation VR remains one of the cheapest VR headsets on the market, giving you premium VR experiences on your PS4 or PS5 without breaking the bank.
However, not all of the best VR games launch on PS VR, and if you have both a PlayStation and a gaming PC, chances are you won’t want to buy a second headset just for your PC.
While not the best way to experience VR experiences, there is a way to use your PlayStation VR headset on your computer.
You will not be able to enjoy the room-wide games, nor the PS Move controllers. However, you should be able to enjoy standing VR games, which offer keyboard and mouse or gamepad support.
Either way, it’s worth a try, especially if any of your favorite games are VR compatible.
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Use PSVR on PC
The first step to using PlayStation VR is to download and install Trinus PSVR. This third-party software allows your PC and your PSVR headset to “communicate”.
- Go to the website Trinus VR and click on Download Trinus PSVR to download the program.
- Launch it and follow the onscreen instructions to install.
Once Trinus PSVR is installed on your PC, the next step is to connect the headset and adjust the resolution settings. PSVR performs best at 1080p, so you’ll need to make sure your monitor output matches this value.
- Connect the HDMI cable to the PS4 HDMI port on the PSVR processing unit.
- Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your PC’s GPU. If you only have a DisplayPort port, you can get a HDMI to DisplayPort adapter.
- Connect the USB cable to the processing unit, and the other to your PC (preferably a USB 3.0 port).
- Connect your PSVR headset to the processing unit, and the power cable to the power outlet.
- Turn on the PSVR.
- On your PC, go to Settings → System → Display, then under Multiple Displays, select Extend these screens.
- Under Definition, choose 1920 x 1080.
- Click on Apply.
Your PlayStation VR headset is connected to your PC, now it’s time to configure Trinus PSVR and Steam VR to play your Steam games.
- In the Start menu, right-click Trinus PSVR, then select Execute as administrator.
- Click on Install. Trinus PSVR should then automatically find your Steam library.
- Click on Hand, in the drop-down menu next to PSVR Display, select DISPLAY1.
- Click on the drop-down menu next to PSVR Mode, and select VR. It should be noted that if you want to play standard 2D games in VR, you can choose Cinematic mode.
- Click on the button Assign Key, next to Reset View in order to link a key on your keyboard to your view in PSVR.
Unlike the PlayStation, there’s no camera to capture motion information, so it all comes from internal sensors that can (sometimes) go wrong in tracking.
- If you want to be able to zoom in the game using your mouse wheel, make sure the box Use Mouse Wheel is checked.
- Make sure your PSVR is on a level surface, and click Start to start the calibration.
- Right-click on the icon Steam (in the Start menu or on the Desktop), and click Execute as administrator.
- Select theVR icon.
- Follow the path: Start the configuration wizard → Standing use only → next → Calibrate the center → next → and enter your size in inches or cm in the size field. Then click on Calibrate the soil → next → To confirm.
- You should see the SteamVR Home pop-up in split view appear on your screen, ready for your PSVR headset.
Just make sure that the window is highlighted and press Windows + Shift + Right Arrow keys to move the SteamVR window to the headset.
And now, voila ! You should now be able to play all Steam VR games with keyboard and mouse support.
You may not be able to move around or physically interact with the surroundings like with the HTC Vive or get the freedom of a standalone headset like the Oculus Quest 2, but this will save you from buying a second headset for use. on PC.
And who knows, maybe the installation on PC will be a little easier when the almost must-have PlayStation VR 2 finally launches.