You can actually use the PSVR headset to play PC games. The actual tracking and motion controller input will vary depending on how you setup the headset and some of the third-party software tools you need to use to get everything setup, but if you have a PlayStation VR headset and the PlayStation VR processor, you can actually use it to view your PC games in VR.
First up, unplug the PS4’s HDMI cable from the HDMI-in port in the back of the processor box. Take a spare HDMI cable and plug it from your GPU to the PlayStation VR’s HDMI-in port.
The USB cable that goes from the processor box to the PS4… unplug it from the PS4. Run the USB from the processor box to a spare slot on your PC.
Windows will attempt to install drivers for it but will likely fail. Instead, you’ll need to download the necessary drivers from Github. You’ll need to download the libusb-win32.zip.
Unzip the contents, go into the bin directory and run the inf-wizard.exe file.
There should be a list of PSVR drivers you can install. You’ll want to select PS VR BulkIn (Interface 7) from the list and install the driver. Windows will likely show a warning asking if you’re sure you want to install the driver. Click “Yes”.
If you can’t get the PSVR Toolbox to work, you can try the Trinus PSVR utility by downloading it from the Trinus Virtual Reality website.
If you decide to use Trinus Virtual Reality, you’ll need to download SteamVR. Open up the Steam client, click on the “Library” tab at the top of the client and select “Tools”. Scroll down and install SteamVR if it isn’t already installed.
Install Trinus PSVR and open it up. It will ask you to locate the SteamVR director. Usually it’s: C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\Common\SteamVR
Run the Trinus PSVR utility and make sure that your display is set to “duplicate” in the display settings for your desktop. Open up SteamVR from the Steam client and configure Trinus PSVR, and you’ll be good to go.
You may want to set the headset viewing mode to Cinematic, otherwise the display may be distorted.
If you have PlayStation Move controllers, you can use them as well, but you’ll first have to setup them up by downloading the FreePIE PSVR utilities. There’s a tutorial video below walking you through how to setup the controllers with FreePIE courtesy of Daley Tech.
There are a few troubleshooting tips provided in a Reddit post that might help you out if you get stuck.
If you want an easy way to use head tracking in place of mouse look, you can download a head tracking utility that maps the PlayStation VR’s internal gyro to the mouse axis. YouTuber Riven Phoenix does a video you can check out below to see how to use it. You can download his app PSVRHeadtracking.zip. Unzip it, run it and you’re good to go.
Now you’ll have fully functional headtracking in games that allow for full mouse look.
Be warned that some games will work will with the PlayStation VR while others may give you a bit of a problem. SkyDrift, for instance, ended up with a bunch of visual artifacts on the screen after restarting a round, making it nearly impossible to play.
The PlayStation VR is most useful for head-tracking in first-person shooters like Far Cry or Doom… and it’s especially useful for the mouse-look feature in space sims, flight sims and racing sims.
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