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Guide: Setting Up Your New PSVR This Christmas

Santa isn’t far off, now. In fact, he may have already arrived, depending on when you’re reading this guide. Here’s hoping he left something decent under the tree. Maybe even something PSVR-shaped, otherwise, what the hell are you doing here?

Getting a PSVR for Christmas must be brilliant. I wouldn’t know. I ran to the shops on release date and stole somebody else’s pre-order. I’m scum. You’re not. You deserve your new toy, and you also deserve to know how to use the bloody thing. It’s a little complicated, but bear with me and I’ll do my best to guide you on your merry way. It won’t make up for that pre-order I nicked all those years ago, but it’s something.

First of all, take the PSVR out of the box. This is the easiest part of this guide. If you fall at this hurdle, put the headset back and forget about it. It’s not for you.

You’ll find several things inside the box and, depending on what bundle you got, you may have more or less than Dave down the road. Here’s what you can expect to find in a standard bundle:

  • 1 PSVR headset (looks like a futuristic piece of kit. Used for VR gaming.)
  • 1 cleaning cloth (very handy)
  • 1 breakout box (required for VR and 3D audio)
  • 1 PS4 camera (depending on your bundle, most do come with one now though.)
  • 1 HDMI cable (two are required and Sony – quite rightfully – assumes you already have one for your PS4)
  • 1 mini-USB cable (connects the breakout box to the PS4)
  • 1 power cable for the breakout box (powers… the breakout box.)
  • 1 connector cable (this is the cable that connects to the two front ports of the breakout box and the cable hanging off your PSVR headset)
  • 1 user instruction manual (useless. Don’t bother with it. Things like this put people like me out of a job. Use it for fire starter or something.)

The first thing you want to do is sort your cables. Put your HDMI and USB cables to one side and keep them safe and free of tangles. Make sure you have all of the above. If you don’t, you’re buggered. Kind of. You can get away with using a different mini-USB cable and HDMI cable, but the rest is necessary.

  • Take the mini-USB cable and plug one end into the rear of the breakout box, and the other to the front of your PS4 in an empty USB port.
  • Connect one HDMI cable to the back of the breakout box in the port marked ‘TV’ and then plug the other end into the HDMI port on your TV that is usually occupied by the PS4’s HDMI cable.
  • Take the PS4’s HDMI cable – the end that was in the TV – and plug it into the back of the breakout box in the port marked ‘PS4’
  • Now take the long cable that isn’t connected to the PSVR headset and plug the two ends into their respective ports on the front of the breakout box. You can find these ports hidden by the sliding mechanism on the right-hand side of the breakout box.
  • Take the two ends coming off the PSVR headset and plug them into their respective ports on the end of the cable you’ve just connected to the breakout box. These are easily identifiable due to their colour and shape.
  • Once everything is plugged in, take the breakout box power cable and plug it into a power outlet and then into the circular hole on the rear of the breakout box.
  • You now have PlayStation VR set up and ready to go.

You may need to download an update on your PS4 before you can start playing, and if you own games that have a VR-mode, you may need to download an update to get it. My suggestion would be to try out the demo disc that comes with the bundle while you wait for the relevant updates to download and install. And that’s it. It’s as simple as that. Well, it’s not that simple, but it’s not rocket science, and if I can do it, anybody can.

If your bundle comes with a pair of PS Move wands, brilliant. If not, it’s not the end of the world. Sure, most games that use them are much better with them, but you can get away with playing a lot of the best VR games with just a DualShock 4 controller. The light on the front of the gamepad is tracked by the PSVR camera, so it can act as your hands. It’s not ideal, but it does the job.

If you’re reading this and wondering if I stole your PSVR pre-order, I might have. It was at the Saturn store in the Wolfsburg City Gallerie. I’m not sorry. Best thing I ever nicked. (I did pay for it though!)

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