How to set up PlayStation VR: Get started with PSVR on PS4
If you’ve bought a PlayStation VR you don’t want to waste time working out how to connect it to your PS4 – you just want to play some of the great games available. Thankfully, Sony has made it easy to connect a PSVR set to both the PS4 and PS4 Pro with minimal hassle.
To confuse matter somewhat, there are actually two types of PlayStation VR headset – CUH-ZVR1 and CUH-ZVR2. Initial set-up stages for the two are identical, but they vary towards the end of the process. The CUH-ZVR1 has a sliding cover on the processor unit and the power button is on the headset connection cable, whereas the CUH-ZVR2 doesn’t have a sliding cover on the processor unit and its power button is on the headset itself. ZVR2 is also capable of HDR passthrough, making it a better model to use with the PS4 Pro and your shiny 4K TV. Make sure you know which model you have.
You’ll also need a PS Camera to get PlayStation VR to work. These don’t come as standard with PSVR set but you can buy a Starter Kit bundle that includes one.
How to connect PlayStation VR
Before you set up the PlayStation VR, make sure your PS4 and TV are turned off. If you bought the PS4 with the PlayStation VR you’ll need to have set up the console first.
First, connect the PSVR processor unit to your TV. It’s best to use the longer HDMI cable that came with the PS4 for this
Connect the PS Camera to the PS4. Sony recommends placing it at least 1.4m off the ground
Connect the PSVR to your PS4 using both the supplied HDMI and USB cables. The cables attach to ports in the back of the PSVR breakout unit and into the back of a PS4 Pro. On the PS4 the USB port is to the front
Use the AC power cord to attach the processor unit to a power socket. Remember, you’ll need to keep the PS4 plugged in – you need two sockets for PSVR to work
From here, the process for setting up the PlayStation VR differs slightly between models.
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How to connect PlayStation VR: CUH-ZVR1
Plug in the VR connection cable. To do this, you’ll need to slide the connection cover back and match up the four symbols to their counterparts on the cables.
Connect the VR headset to this VR connection cable. On the VR headset cable is the inline remote, which has the power button on it. This is also where you’ll connect headphones
Turn on the PS4 and TV. Once these are powered up, turn on the PSVR with the power button on the inline remote
You’ll be prompted to update or download the PlayStation VR Device Software. You’ll need an internet connection for this, but it won’t take long
From here, follow the on-screen instructions to properly configure and optimise the VR headset
How to connect PlayStation VR: CUH-ZVR2
Plug in the VR headset cable into the processor unit. The headset will have on it the power button, as well as the headphone jack.
Turn on the PS4 and TV. Once powered up, turn on the PSVR with the power button on the headset. When the device is on, a blue light will display on the headset.
From here, follow the on-screen instructions to properly configure and optimise the VR headset.