How to Properly Set Up PlayStation VR

PlayStation VR headset, PlayStation 4 console and controller sitting on a table.Iren Key / Shutterstock

The PlayStation VR Headset (PSVR) connects to the PS4 and creates a true virtual reality experience. But like all VR headsets, you need a lot of cables. We will show you how to plug everything in and configure your room to get the most out of your PSVR.

The PlayStation VR allows players to take on new challenges in new worlds, but the first challenge is to put things in place. It's more tedious than difficult, but do not worry! We are here to lend a hand.

First, some requirements

PSVR helmet.

Sony recommends a 10 'x 10' play space. An area of ​​6 'x 6' might be enough, but the results are not guaranteed. You may be able to persuade your PSVR to work in a smaller space by placing the PlayStation camera slightly down (for more information about this later).

Although this is not necessary for most games, PlayStation Move controllers are highly recommended. This is an additional expense that you will not regret.

Now open all these boxes and disconnect the cables. It's time to start.

How to configure PSVR

Rear of the PSVR processing unit.

First, disconnect the HDMI cable from the back of the PS4 and connect it to the "HDMI TV" port on the back of the PSVR processor unit (the case that comes with the PSVR headset). This sends the signal to your TV.

HDMI cable inserted in the HDMI TV port of the processor unit.

Now connect the PlayStation Camera to the AUX port of the PS4. It is labeled and is the only port to which the PlayStation Camera cable fits.

Connect a new HDMI cable to the "HDMI PS4" port on the back of the processor. Ours is pink, but yours will be black.

Second HDMI cable inserted into the HDMI port PS4 of the processor unit.

Connect the other end of the cable to the HDMI port on the back of the PS4. This sends the video of your PS4 to the PSVR.

Rear of the PS4.

Connect the USB cable to the back of the processor, then to the PS4. This allows the two to communicate with each other.

USB cable inserted into the processing unit.

Plug the AC power cord into the AC adapter, plug the cable into the back of the CPU and plug it into a socket.

Front side of the PSVR processor.

Next, connect the PSVR headphone cable to the front of the processing unit, matching the cable symbols to the appropriate ports.

The two PSVR headphone cables.

Now place the PlayStation camera on the TV using the supplied stand. Make sure it is centered and slightly tilted, especially if you are in a particularly small room.

PlayStation camera sitting on top of a television.

You can now connect the supplied stereo headphones to the PSVR headset and turn everything on. Do not forget to press the power button on the PSVR headset because it will not turn on automatically with your PlayStation.

How to position the camera

The PlayStation VR uses a single camera to track movements and its positioning is important. The height of the camera, as well as its angle of view, have an enormous impact on its field of vision and on what it is able to see.

Position the camera at the same height as your head so that you can see the PSVR helmet when you wear it. If the camera is pointing up, you may have trouble identifying the DualShock or PlayStation Move controllers in your hands. This is why it is recommended to tilt the camera slightly downwards.

It also helps if you have a small room. Imagine that the field of view of the camera is a flashlight that illuminates your room. The field of view of the camera is also cone-shaped. You will be able to stay closer to your TV because the field of view of the camera is now lower than before. A lower field of view is advantageous in small rooms where you have to stand closer than recommended TV. Indeed, the lowest point that the camera can see is now closer to the TV than it usually would be. As shown in the image below, pointing the camera down brings the shaded area closer to red.

Graphic representation of the field of view of the camera from the top of a TV and the player placed in front of it.Owlchemy Labs

It is recommended that you stay at least 7 meters away from your TV, but if you tilt the camera slightly downward, this distance may be reduced.

Do not stay too close though: there is a nice place to find. The camera may see slightly upward, but if you stand too close, it will not be able to see your head.

Make sure the PlayStation camera is not exposed to direct sunlight because strong light sources interfere with its ability to track objects. Keep the camera away from any lamps or any element emitting infrared light. Cover all light sources during playback if they can not be removed.

Tips for a better PSVR experience

A man playing PSVR.Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock

Now that you're up and running, it's time to tweak your setup. Of course, PSVR normally works pretty well, but unless you play in a dark 12 foot by 12 foot cave, things will not be perfect.

Fortunately, there are many ways to make everything more fluid the next time you attach this headset:

Clear your playground. This is especially important if the space you have is not large. Move lamps, vases or other fragile objects to a sufficient typing distance and make sure there is nothing near your feet. When you wear the headset, you lose visibility of your environment and you may trip or trip if the content is too close.
A good fit of the helmet is crucial. Use the adjustment mechanism to make sure the headset is snug but not too tight. Reposition it if the image is blurred.
Manually set the interpupillary distance (IPD) if things are still unclear. Go to Settings> Devices> PlayStation VR> Measure eye-to-eye distance and follow the instructions.
Make sure that the tracking lights are correctly configured. Go to Settings> Devices> PlayStation VR> Adjust tracking lights, and follow the instructions on the screen.
Clean the PSVR lenses. They will get dirty no matter how hard you try to keep them clean. Clean them with a microfiber cloth. Do not use anything wet or abrasive – you do not want to damage the lenses or the coating.
Charge everything, all the time. The DualShock 4 controllers usually hold the load well, but the PlayStation Move controllers … not so much. Make sure they are loaded before using them to avoid disappointment. We went and it's not fun.
Take frequent breaks. You may not want it when you are at the heart of the action, but it is wise to take a break every 30 or 45 minutes, if only to mop up the sweat from your forehead.

Above all, have fun. That's what games are all about, right?

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