How to Connect PSVR to a PC

Play VR games without buying another headset

What to Know

  • You'll need your PSVR, Trinus PSVR, an HDMI cable, and a USB 3.0 cable to connect it to your PC.
  • Connect the USB to a USB 3.0 port on your PC, and connect the HDMI cable to your GPU.
  • You can use an HDMI-to-DisplayPort adapter if need be.

This article explains how to connect a PSVR to a PC.

Unlike PC VR headsets like the Oculus Rift or the Valve Index, you can't simply connect your PSVR to PC and start playing games. Once you follow our steps below, you'll be able to do that.

How to Connect PSVR to PC

To connect PSVR to PC, you'll need your headset, a USB 3.0 cable, and an HDMI cable. You'll need to connect your headset directly to your GPU. If you don't have an open HDMI connection, you can pick up an HDMI-to-DisplayPort cable or adapter and use that without issue.

  1. To connect a PSVR to a PC, you'll need to at least install one piece of software. We're going to use Trinus PSVR for this article.

    This application includes the necessary drivers to make sure Windows properly recognizes the headset. Download the application and follow the on-screen instructions.

    Trinus website with Download Trinus PSVR highlighted
  2. Once Trinus PSVR is installed, plug your HDMI cable into the PS4 HDMI port on the PSVR processing unit.

  3. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable directly into your GPU.

    Most GPUs support HDMI so you likely have an HDMI port on your GPU. Also, it's easy to switch over a display from HDMI to DisplayPort to free up a slot if you need to.

  4. Plug one end of the USB 3.0 cable into the processing unit.

  5. Plug the other end of the USB 3.0 cable into a USB 3.0 port on your computer. It doesn't have to be USB 3.0, though this will give you the best possible performance.

    USB 3.0 ports are usually identified by the blue color of the port as opposed to regular black USB ports.

  6. Press the power button on the headset. Windows should recognize the headset as a new display connected to your PC.

  7. From the start menu, head to Settings > System > Display, and make sure the headset is set to Extend these displays and its resolution is set to 1920 x 1080.

    Windows display settings with "Extend these displays" and resolution of 1920 x 1080 highlighted
  8. Once Windows configuration is done, your PSVR headset is now fully connected to your PC!

Is VR better on PC or PlayStation?

On a PS4, VR experiences weren't significantly different from their PC counterparts, but PSVR ran games at lower resolutions and with lower frame rates than traditionally found on PC with headsets built for the platform. With the launch of the PS5, many VR games have been updated to support higher frame rates and resolutions than what was originally supported on PS4.

While it may still be technically possible to run games on PSVR on PC better than you can on PlayStation itself, the limitations of the display are going to restrict how good the experience can be unlike other PC headsets such as the Rift that support higher frame rates and resolutions than PSVR.

FAQ
  • How do you set up a PSVR?

    If you're setting up your PSVR on a PS4, plug the included Processor Unit box into the PlayStation 4 and a power supply, and then connect your TV and Processor Unit with an HDMI cord. Use another HDMI cord to connect your Processor Unit and PlayStation 4, and then connect the two with a USB cable, as well. Plug in your PlayStation camera, wirelessly sync up your controllers, and then start gaming.

  • How much is a PSVR?

    PSVR units generally retail for around $400 to $500. Check Amazon for various PSVR bundles that may include games. Find older versions and used models for less on sites like eBay.

  • How do you watch 3D movies on a PSVR?

    You don't need any additional features or settings to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on a PSVR; just insert the disc and enjoy 3D entertainment. To get the most out of your 3D movies, make sure the headset is clean and fitted properly to your head, and make sure to update your PlayStation 4 console system software.

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