Christmas is over and it’s the start of a new year with lots instore from the virtual reality (VR) industry over the next 12 months, with the first major announcements set to take place next week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. One of the notable successes of 2017 came from Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE’s) PlayStation VR, having achieved worldwide sales in excess of 2 million units. So there’s a good possibility that if you’re reading VRFocus then you maybe one of these, having made use of one of the many winter/Black Friday deals SIE rolled out. While PlayStation VR isn’t overly complicated to setup with your PlayStation 4 it’s always handy to have a short guide just in case you get into difficulty. So that’s what VRFocus has put together to help in your time of need.
So first off you need to connect everything up, and to work out what goes where here are a couple of images with those all-important wiring diagrams. This is especially important since SIE released the new version of PlayStation VR – the new model number is CUH-ZVR2 – adding a number of new features to the head-mounted display (HMD): specifically a high-dynamic range (HDR) passthrough for those playing with a PlayStation 4 Pro console on a compatible 4K TV, and a new embedded headphone option.
Steps to Connect the PlayStation VR Hardware:
Step 1: First ensure that your PlayStation 4 and TV are off.
Step 2: Unplug the HDMI cable from your PlayStation 4 and plug it into the HDMI TV port on the back of the Processor Unit.
Step 3: Plug PlayStation Camera into the AUX port on your PlayStation 4. For proper placement of your camera, see the PlayStation Camera Placement section below.
Step 4: Using the PlayStation VR HDMI cable, plug one end into the HDMI port on the PlayStation 4 and the other into the PlayStation 4 HDMI port on the Processor Unit. If you not using the one that came with the PlayStation VR, make sure it is a HDMI 1.4 at minimum.
Step 5: Using the micro USB cable, plug one end into the back of the Processor Unit and into your PlayStation 4.
Step 6: Connect AC power cord to the Processor Unit and plug it into the electrical outlet.
Step 7: Plug the PlayStation VR Headset Connection Cable into the Processor Unit.
Step 8: Power on your TV and PlayStation 4.
Step 9: Press the power button on the PlayStation VR Headset unit (on the cable for model CUH-ZVR1, under the scope for model CUH-ZVR2).
It’s worth noting that should you have both versions of PlayStation VR you cannot use a combination of different VR headset and processor unit models. As such, a CUH-ZVR1 VR headset will not work if connected to a CUH-ZVR2 processor unit.
Next up is camera placement. This is highly important as the PlayStation Camera will track not only the headset but also any of the accessories and controllers used to interact with the VR experiences. You may already have the camera setup, if that’s the case it’s still wise to glance over the optimal positioning so you get the best experience.
PlayStation Camera Configuration:
Step 1: Place the PlayStation Camera on a level surface about 4’7” (1.4m) high and about (6’) (2m) away from where you will be positioned.
Step 2: From the PlayStation 4 Home Screen, go to Settings > Devices > PlayStation VR > Adjust PlayStation Camera.
Step 3: Your TV will show an image of what the PlayStation Camera can see. Angle it to make sure it’s focused where you will be positioned.
Step 4: Position yourself where you will be playing VR, in the centre of the screen. This is important to make sure the PlayStation Camera can place controllers in the right spot in the VR environment and track your PlayStation VR Headset correctly.
Additionally, make sure that bright light from windows, mirrors, or room lighting does not shine into the camera. Avoid pointing the camera at light-emitting devices such as computer monitors.
That’s the main hardware setup, now its time to get acquainted with the headset and controllers before you dive into the world on VR.