How to Set up PSVR 2

So you’ve just got you’re hands on the very latest virtual reality technology, Sony’s PlayStation VR 2, congratulations! Now you need to get your PSVR 2 set up and calibrated ready for some awesome VR gaming. If you’re not 100 percent on how to do this, then read our handy guide below.

Thankfully, setting up the PSVR 2 isn’t too much of a chore, as there’s one single cable to your PlayStation 5. Unlike its predecessor – as this PSVR 2 unboxing clearly demonstrates – which had a multitude of cables, power leads and an external box. Needless to say, PSVR 2 is about as plug-and-play as you can get.

But you’ll still need to create your virtual play area and just the eye tracking when required. Assuming you’ve got everything out of the box, let’s begin.

How to Set up PSVR 2

How to set up PSVR 2


  1. Ensure your PS5 is turned off.
  2. PSVR 2 comes with a USB Type-C cable attached. Connect the cable to the USB-C port on the front of your console.
  3. Power your PS5 up.
  4. Switch the PSVR 2 on by pressing the power button (on the underside, front and centre).
  5. Ensure you have a DualSense wireless controller, the VR Sense controllers, supplied earbuds and a USB cable for the setup.
  6. You can now follow the on-screen instructions to finish the setup. These are provided below for future reference and troubleshooting.
How to Set up PSVR 2 - Power
PSVR 2 – Power

Headset Setup

  1. Next, you’ll want to plug in those earphones. Or use supported headphones like the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.
  2. Now you’ll need to pair the Sense controllers.
    • Connect the Right controller to the PS5 using the supplied USB cable. Then press the PS button on the controller. Repeat the process for the left controller.
  3. Once both controllers are paired and charged, disconnect them and press the function button. The Function button is on the underside, to the righthand side.
  4. Ensure you have a clear play area of at least 1mx1m. You don’t want to bump into anything.
  5. Then adjust the brightness of your room to help the PSVR 2 track your surroundings.
    • Turn the lights on and try to avoid direct sunlight as it can affect tracking. The function button will help you check the light levels.
  6. Putting on the VR headset.
    • Pull out the scope by pressing the scope button (top right of the headset). Press the headband release button on the back and put the PSVR 2 on. Tighten and adjust the headset using the back dial and the scope button. Note: PSVR 2 can be used with glasses.
  7. Adjust the lenses with the IPD wheel (top left).
    • This is to ensure you can see the screen clearly. Adjusting the lens distance so your eyes are positioned as close to the middle as possible of each lens. Press the function button to finish
  8. Grab the controllers and put the wrist straps on.
  9. Next, you’ll need to calibrate the eye tracking by following the dot on the screen. This can be readjusted later (see below).
  10. Setting up the play area.
    • PSVR 2 will automatically scan the area using its cameras. the play space can then be fine-tuned using the sense controllers.

Set up PSVR 2 Play Area

  1. For manually setting up the play area.
  2. With your PSVR 2 switched on go to the home screen and select Settings, then Accessories, then PlayStation VR2.
  3. Select Play Area which will give you the following options:
  • Set Play Area
    Use this option to reset the play area. Or if you need to edit or set a temporary play area. Note: Play areas aren’t used when in cinematic mode.
  • Set Floor Height
  • Boundary Display Sensitivity
    Set the sensitivity to High to display the boundaries earlier. Or set the sensitivity to Low, to see the boundaries right at the edge of the play area.
  • Clear Play Area Data
    If you’ve reset the play area and a game isn’t functioning properly try clearing the play area data. Then, go back through the Set Play Area setup.

Enable and adjust eye tracking

  1. For manually setting up/adjusting the eye tracking.
  2. With your PSVR 2 switched on go to the home screen and select Settings, then Accessories, then PlayStation VR2.
  3. Select Eye Tracking > Enable Eye Tracking.
  4. Make adjustments by selecting Adjust Eye Tracking.

Adjust headset settings

  1. With your PSVR 2 switched on go to the home screen and select Settings, then Accessories, then PlayStation VR2.
  2. You can then choose from the following options:
  • Check How to Put On VR Headset
  • Adjust Lens Distance and VR Headset Position
  • Screen Brightness
  • VR Headset Vibration
  • Function Button Assignment
  • Tracking Camera Calibration
    Calibrate your camera so it can accurately track your surroundings.
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PSVR 2 Function Button

Activating PSVR 2 View Surroundings Mode

See your real-world surroundings whilst wearing PSVR 2.

The function button activates the see-through view by default.

Customise Function Button

If you so wish, you can change the function button assignment inside Settings.

  1. With your PSVR 2 switched on go to the home screen and select Settings, then Accessories, then PlayStation VR2.
  2. Select VR headset then Function Button Assignment.
    The function button can then be assigned to View Surroundings or to the Mute Microphone.

And there you go. That should be everything you need to get started. Also, take a look at how to accessorise your PSVR 2 and these PlayStation VR 2 launch games.