The PSVR 2 is the latest VR headset to hit the market, used with the PlayStation 5. But can it also be used on PC, to take advantage of the many VR games available via Steam?
Sony’s PlayStation VR 2 (PSVR 2) had its global release towards the end of last month, on Feb. 22, 2023. Development of this latest VR headset took roughly six years, developed alongside the PlayStation 5. The PSVR 2 is an upgrade over Sony’s first VR headset, the PSVR, with this latest tech ditching the need for an external PlayStation Camera in favor of four cameras mounted to the headset itself to track movement.
The PSVR 2 has a dual OLED panel with 4K resolution and 90Hz/120Hz frame rate, also supporting HDR. The headset underwent various design overhauls to improve the comfort level over the original PSVR, including reducing the weight of the headset itself and increasing the FOV to approximately 110 degrees.
One interesting new feature of the PSVR 2 includes headset feedback, similar to that of the haptic feedback found in the PlayStation 5 controller. This headset feedback provides slight haptic effects for immersion, made possible by a built-in motor.
The PSVR 2 launched alongside a number of VR games for PlayStation players to dive into, but a much wider selection still exists on PC vis Steam. So, is it possible to use the PSVR 2 on PC? And is it compatible with Steam?
Is the PSVR 2 compatible with PC and Steam?
It’s important to note that Sony developed the PSVR 2 with only the PlayStation 5 in mind and, therefore, isn’t marketed as being compatible with PC or Steam. That said, a number of users have found a workaround to get the headset working with PC VR games.
Over on ResetEra, users have found that plugging the headset into a PC with a VirtualLink port, or or with the BizLink adapter, allows the PSVR 2 to be used as a virtual desktop monitor with 3DoF (three degrees of freedom) movement. Essentially, this is the equivalent to Cinema Mode on the PlayStation 5.
Sadly, this doesn’t allow for full PC functionality, but the virtual display and tracking does seem to work.
Another hurdle was pointed out by other ResetEra users, saying that the VirtualLink isn’t supported on RTX 30 and 40 series cards. Alternative adapters also run pretty expensive, starting at around $350.
So, in short, PSVR 2 compatibility on PC is a mixed bag. You can get it to work if you’re able to reach the right requirements, but you won’t achieve the same levels of functionality as you would on the PlayStation 5. At least, not for now.