Satisfying the needs of a VR setup can seem daunting at first, especially if you want to play online. You need to have a spacious enough space free of obstructions and fragile items, reliable Internet access, a television, and lighting that does not interfere with the camera tracking system in your system. But luckily, at least in the case of PlayStation VR, you can easily rule out one of those variables.
Outside of mobile gaming, when we think of game systems, we tend to associate them as something tied to a TV, and when I explain my PlayStation VR setup without a TV to people, I often hear, “Wow, I never thought about that!” Luckily, you can ditch the TV and free the PlayStation!
Why do you want to try it?
For me, the decision to use PlayStation VR away from the TV was a desperate move. My PlayStation is on one end of my house and my wireless router is on the other, and playing online games was extremely impractical. Also, both rooms in my TV house have awkward furniture layouts. I often found myself in awkward situations where I kind of played virtual games trying to avoid furniture.
After I tried it and saw how successful it was, I started to think of other circumstances where it was a great option. How many times have you wanted to play video games while someone else was using the TV? This will become even easier if you don’t plan on playing online games, as all you need is a room with enough space and a power source. It’s a great travel option, especially with all the cases available that allow you to pack your PSVR and PS4. While I was recently traveling for work, I had a huge seating area that would be perfect for my PlayStation VR and it wouldn’t matter if the hotel TV had proper video inputs or not.
It’s not just for VR games
You can also use your PlayStation VR headset as a non-VR gaming screen. The games won’t be in VR, but the headset makes for an enjoyable cinematic experience, although it can be uncomfortable for extended gameplay. You can set the screen size by doing the following:
- Go to *Settings**.
- Select Devices .
- Select PlayStation VR .
- Select Screen size .
- Choose from small , middle and big .
To change the screen size in the middle of a game: 1. Press and hold PS button . 2. Select » Set up PlayStation VR . 3. Select Screen size
You may also need to center the screen if it is no longer in the headset’s field of view. To do this, turn in the direction you plan to be, and then press the » Options» .
Are there any restrictions?
The biggest limitation I found was where to place my camera, and in my quest for TV freedom, I resorted to using crazy setups like bureau drawers and boxes. So far, personally, I’m best at attaching the camera to a hair clip hanger, which is a bit unstable but has the side benefit of being extremely adaptable.
I’ve also noticed that some PlayStation error messages don’t always show up when I’m only using the headset, especially those that appear before you hit the home screen, such as a warning when you didn’t shut down your system properly. So far I haven’t come across anything that I couldn’t just use the X button to get past, but it’s definitely worth a try when you have a TV before you try it while and where- something else.
Obviously, games like «Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes», which has a mandatory screen component, won’t work, but so far I’ve had no problems with most games.
Have you used your PlayStation VR without a screen?
What experience did you have on television? Have you come across games that won’t work? Where is the craziest place you have used your PSVR?