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The PlayStation VR Headset (PSVR) connects to the PS4 and creates a true virtual reality experience. But like all VR headsets, it requires a lot of cables. We’ll show you how to connect everything and set up your room to get the most out of your PSVR.

PlayStation VR allows gamers to take on new challenges in new worlds, but the first task is to set up the device. It’s more cumbersome than difficult, but don’t worry! We are here to lend a hand.

First, some requirements

PSVR headset.

Sony recommends a 10′ x 10′ play space. An area of ​​6′ x 6′ may be sufficient, but results are not guaranteed. You may be able to get your PSVR to work in a smaller space by tilting the PlayStation Camera down a bit — more on that later.

Although not required for most games, the use of PlayStation Move controllers is highly recommended. This is an additional cost, but you are unlikely to regret it.

Now open all these boxes and unfold the cables. It’s time to start.

How to set up PSVR

The back of the PSVR processor unit.

First, unplug the HDMI cable from the back of the PS4 and plug it into the port labeled «HDMI TV» on the back of the PSVR Processing Unit (included with the PSVR headset). This will send a signal to your TV.

The HDMI cable is plugged into the HDMI TV port on the Processing Unit.

Now connect your PlayStation Camera to the AUX port on your PS4. It is labeled and is the only port that the PlayStation camera cable fits into.

Connect a new HDMI cable to the port labeled «HDMI PS4» on the back of the processor module — ours is pink, yours is black.

The second HDMI cable is connected to the PS4 HDMI port on the processor.

Plug the other end of the cable into the HDMI port on the back of your PS4. This sends the video from your PS4 to PSVR.

Back of PS4.

Connect the USB cable to the back of the processor module and then to the PS4. This allows them to communicate with each other.

The USB cable is plugged into the processor.

Connect the AC power cord to the AC adapter, insert the cable into the back of the processor module, and plug it into a power outlet.

The front part of the PSVR processor unit.

Then, connect the PSVR headset cable to the front of the processor module, matching the symbols on the cables to the corresponding ports.

Two PSVR headset cables.

Now place the PlayStation Camera on top of the TV using the supplied bracket. Make sure it’s centered and tilted slightly downwards — especially if you’re in a particularly small room.

The PlayStation camera sitting on top of the TV.

You can now connect the included stereo headphones to your PSVR headset and turn everything on. Remember to press the power button on your PSVR headset as it won’t turn on automatically with your PlayStation.

How to place the camera

PlayStation VR uses a single camera for motion tracking, and its location is important. The height of the camera, as well as the angle at which it is mounted, has a huge impact on the field of view and what it can see.

Position the camera at about the same height as your head so you can see the PSVR headset when you’re wearing it. If the camera is pointing upwards, it can be difficult to identify the DualShock or PlayStation Move controllers in your hands. That’s why it’s recommended to tilt the camera down slightly.

This helps if you have a small room. Imagine that the camera’s field of view is a flashlight shining into your room; the camera’s field of view is also cone-shaped. You will be able to stand closer to the TV as the camera’s field of view is now lower than before. The low field of view is beneficial in small spaces where you have to stand closer than recommended to the TV. This is because the lowest point the camera can see is now closer to the TV than usual. As shown in the figure below, tilting the camera down brings the area with a red tint closer.

A graphical representation of the camera's field of view on top of the TV and the player in front of it.
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It is recommended that you stand at least seven feet away from the TV, but if you tilt the camera down slightly, this distance can be reduced.

Don’t stand too close — there’s a nice spot to find. The camera can see up a bit, but if you stand too close, the camera won’t be able to see your head.

Make sure the PlayStation camera is not in direct sunlight as strong light sources interfere with its ability to track objects. Keep the camera away from lamps and other sources of infrared radiation. Cover any lights while playing if they cannot be eliminated.

Tips for the best PSVR experience

A man plays PSVR.
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Now that everything is ready, it’s time to change the settings. Of course, out of the box PSVR usually works quite well, but unless you’re playing in a 12ft x 12ft dark cave, things won’t be perfect.

Luckily, there are a few ways to make things smoother the next time you put on this headset:

First of all, have fun. That’s the point of the game, right?

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