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Got a new PSVR headset and trying to figure out how to connect it to your PS5 or PS4 console? Look no further! In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process step by step.
PSVR was initially launched in 2016 for the PlayStation 4 console. Despite the PlayStation 5 taking over as the current generation, the PSVR headset is still compatible with the new generation through backwards compatible PS4 titles. So, you can still enjoy the immersive world of virtual reality gaming on your new console.
Connecting the System to Your Console
The process of connecting PSVR to your console is largely the same for both PS4 and PS5. Before we begin, make sure that your PlayStation console is already set up and connected to your TV. It’s also best to fully power down your console before you start.
Connecting the Camera
First, let’s set up the PlayStation Camera. Place it in the center of your TV, either directly below it or balanced on the top lip. This is a basic setup, but you can always explore different placements to maximize your play area later.
If you’re using a PS4, simply plug the camera’s cord into the matching port on the back of your console. However, if you’re using a PS5, you will need an adapter for the plug. More information on that below.
Setting up the Processor Unit
Now, let’s position the processor unit close to your console. Take your PSVR headset and locate the attached cord, which splits into two plugs at the end. Plug both of them into the front of the processor unit.
Next, find the HDMI cord that runs from your console to your TV. Unplug the end connected to your console and plug it into the HDMI port on the back of the processor unit labeled ‘HDMI TV’. This way, you’ll have a HDMI cord running from the TV to the HDMI port marked ‘TV’ on your processor unit, with no HDMI cord plugged into your console.
Take the new HDMI cord included with the PSVR bundle and connect it to the second HDMI port on the processor unit labeled ‘HDMI PS4’ (even if you’re using a PS5). Then, plug the other end of the cord into the HDMI port on the back of your console.
Locate the micro USB cable included in the bundle. Plug the micro plug into the processor unit and the standard USB plug into one of the console’s USB ports. From our experience, connecting this cord to the front USB port tends to result in fewer errors.
Lastly, plug in the power adapter into a power point and the other end into the processor unit.
PS5 Camera Adapters
If you’re a PS5 owner, you’ll need a PlayStation Camera Adapter because the PS5 is missing the specific camera port found on the PS4 consoles. The adapter converts the PlayStation Camera plug into a normal USB plug.
As of late 2020, Sony has started including the adapter with many new PSVR bundles. If you recently bought a PSVR bundle, check to see if it included a PlayStation Camera Adapter.
For existing PSVR owners or those whose bundles did not include an adapter, you can apply for a free adapter from Sony online. To apply, you’ll need the serial number on the back of your processor unit. Please note that it’s limited to one adapter per unit. If you’re buying a secondhand unit, be cautious as the serial number may have already been used to claim a free adapter.
Once you have your camera adapter, simply plug the camera plug into it and connect it to one of the PS5’s USB ports on the back of the console. The instructions for the rest of the process remain the same as outlined above.
Finally, turn on your console, and you should be good to go! To get started with PSVR, press the power button on the headset’s underside (or along the cord on the older version) and put it on.
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