So you’ve snagged yourself a PSVR headset. Sweet. Forget about that little child you punched in the head on Black Friday – your needs were greater than his. You’re now a member of the elite group of gamers that have been to the other side. Or you will be. Maybe you’ve peeked under the Christmas tree and found a box that kinda, sorta, maybe looks like it could be a PSVR. Or you’ve checked your partner’s Amazon order history and found that the idiot didn’t even use Prime to get free shipping. All of that aside, you’re gonna need some advice. That’s where I come in! Me! Chris!
But why me? Why Chris? Well, I’ve had a PSVR unit knocking around my house (review through here) since it released back in October last year, and I’ve played more VR games over the past 12 months than I have regular games. And I was the one who pitched this article idea… But trust me, I know what I’m doing. Kind of…
Without any more of my waffle, here’s what you need to know about your PSVR headset.
KEEP THAT THING CLEAN AND CLEAR OF KIDS
This goes without saying but I’ll say it again: KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN. Electronics and kids don’t fare too well together. Just look at my smartphone and its numerous cracks – thanks, Charlie, you little shit. If you’re investing in PSVR, do it right. The lenses on the PSVR are incredibly important and keeping them clear of dust, crap, and kids, should be your number one priority. One scratch, one dodgy drop from a mischievous child and you’ll have nothing more than a stupid hat that does nothing. I recommend keeping the headset in the box it comes with when it’s not being used. Or you can splash out on some fancy headset holder.
For those without kids, you still need to keep the thing clean! That little cloth that came with the headset is a life-saver. You’ll work up a sweat, naturally, playing some games, and that’ll cause the lenses to fog up. Rather than sticking your mucky fingers all over the lenses, use the microfiber cloth. If you’ve lost yours then you can easily pick up another for pennies.
CALIBRATE, CALIBRATE, CALIBRATE!
All too often I read about new PSVR users who can’t handle the blurriness. Some of it is inherent due to the nature of the device’s tech (it uses one 1920×1080 panel). However, there are things you can do to make sure you’re getting the best experience possible. Firstly you’ll need to calibrate your PSVR headset. It’s not all that difficult and it’s as easy as heading to the Settings on the PS4 home screen and then going through the calibration options. Make sure you go through ALL of them, not just the ones you think will be quickest so you can get into Batman: Arkham VR. If you’ve invested the money, you may as well invest a little time, too.
CALIBRATE A BIT MORE!
Alright, this one’s simple but it’s surprising how many people get it wrong. You know your PSVR uses the PS4 camera, yeah? Well the placement of your camera is vital to your enjoyment of PSVR and its many wonderful games. You can’t just plonk the thing down in front of the telly and be done with it. Sometimes that’s fine for games that don’t require pin-point precision – so Tiny Trax, Infinite Minigolf and so on. But for games where you need to be moving around a little, waving your PS Move wands (more on them in a moment) and generally being a badarse, you need to employ proper camera placement.
The best place, in my expert opinion, to put the PS4 camera is up high. So if you’re going to be playing sat on your sofa at a distance of five feet, you’re best off positioning your camera on the top of your television set. Now, depending on which version of the PS4 camera you have, this isn’t going to be a problem. The newer edition comes with a handy clasp that secures the camera to your telly with no bother. The original one, however, is… a pain in the jeffing neck. It’s completely flat at the bottom as well as being quite fat. Oh, and the cable is a nightmare if you’re trying to balance the camera on the T.V. You can go with some homemade solutions – for a while I used Blu-Tak – but there are clasps that you can buy for the OG camera if you don’t want to splash out on a new camera.
So, keep it high, keep it stable, and keep it clean, too. I recommend giving the camera a wipe with a damp cloth to remove any muck or dust. Remember: if it’s covering the lens of the camera, it’s not going to be tracking your movements as well as it should.
The rest of this handy article can be found on the next page. Don’t worry, it’s only 2 pages. It’s not going to kill you.
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