Can You Use Sony VR on a PC?

An honest assessment of what's possible using PSVR on a PC

This article explains whether or not you can use a PSVR with a PC and briefly covers how this is most often done.

Using a PSVR on PC is not officially supported. This means this functionality will depend on third-party software support and is perpetually subject to change. So, PSVR functionality on PC is never guaranteed.

Can You Use PSVR on PC?

Yes you can, but there's a catch: It's because of third-party software like Trinus PSVR.

Trinus PSVR is an application which allows you to play non-VR games in VR on PSVR through Trinus' own conversion process. You can also use Trinus PSVR to use your PSVR with SteamVR to play native, traditional VR games, like Half-Life: Alyx.

However, software like Trinus PSVR doesn't cover every base when it comes to using a PSVR on PC. For full VR tracking with controllers, you'll need controllers for one, but you'll also need to use other software like PS Move Service to get those up and running.

PS Move Service is an app that manages PlayStation Move controllers and PlayStation Eye cameras on PC, which you can use in conjunction with the PSVR for native VR experiences.

With all the components set up, however, you can use your PSVR on PC to do almost anything any other VR headset built for PC can do.

How to Use PSVR on PC

Depending on what hardware you have and what you want to do with your PSVR on your PC, the setup process can vary significantly from person to person. However, there are a few key steps everyone looking to use PSVR on PC will need to go through.

First, you'll need to get your PSVR itself connected and recognized by your computer. This will involve downloading software like Trinus PSVR following along with its onscreen instructions.

Once your PSVR is connected and recognized by Trinus, you can use Trinus itself to play non-VR games in VR. You can choose from pre-made profiles for individual games, or tweak the experience yourself.

Your mileage will vary playing non-VR games in VR, though, and you'll likely need to do at least some tweaking to feel comfortable, and some games will handle the conversion process better than others.

If you want to play actual VR games with PSVR on PC, you can use Trinus to do this too. If the game you want to play supports a gamepad or keyboard and mouse in VR, you can do that without more work on your end through SteamVR with Trinus.

If you want to use full VR tracking with controllers with PSVR, you'll need to have and set up your controllers first. Depending on what you want to use, you'll have to download additional software, (see PS Move Service above) which allows you to use PS Move controllers with PSVR.

FAQ
  • How do I know if my PC is VR-ready?

    Look up your VR manufacturer's minimum hardware specifications and make sure your PC meets the CPU, memory, RAM, and display baselines. You can also use other tools, such as SteamVR Performance Test to check if your PC is VR-ready.

  • What can I do with my VR headset?

    Beyond gaming, you can watch VR movies or videos or meditate with your headset. If you have Sony VR, you can also use your PSVR headset to watch movies from the built-in Blu-ray player or streaming apps. Select Settings > Devices > PlayStation VR Screen size > and choose your preferred viewing experience.

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