Virtual reality is finally mainstream with big-name VR headsets including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and, of course, PlayStation VR now available to buy from a number of retailers. However, while the world of virtual reality is an exciting one, the setup process can complicate things a little bit. Where do all those cables go, anyway?

Have no fear, as we explain here exactly what you’ll need to play PlayStation VR, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to set up PlayStation VR. 

PlayStation VR checklist

While you may think this is a silly section to include in a setup article, but unlike other systems, Sony’s PlayStation VR doesn’t come with everything you need in the box.

In fact, the standard bundle doesn't even include the PlayStation Camera, vital for PSVR use. So, to summarise, here’s everything you’ll need to play PlayStation VR:

  • PlayStation VR bundle (Headset, processor unit, earbuds, HDMI cable, USB cable, AC adaptor and cord, PSVR headset connection adaptor)
  • PlayStation Camera
  • PlayStation 4/PlayStation 4 Pro
  • PlayStation Move Controller x2 (Optional)
  • Sony DualShock 4 controller

How to set up PlayStation VR

The first thing you’ll notice when you open the PlayStation VR box is just how many components there are – and that’s not including the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Camera or Move batons, which are all sold separately. So, where do you begin?

1) Identify the Processor Unit (black box) and slide the cover so the rear ports are visible. Take the provided HDMI cable and plug it into the HDMI output on your PS4, then plug the other end into the Processor Unit port labelled “HDMI PS4”. Plug the second HDMI cable into your TV, with the other end plugged into the “HDMI TV” port of the Processor Unit.

2) Locate the provided USB cable, and plug the micro-USB side (small side) into the rear of the Processor Unit. Plug the other end of the USB into a USB port on the PS4 – note that the PS4 Pro has an additional USB port at the rear, ideal for use with PSVR.

3) Plug the AC power unit into the Processor Unit and connect it to a power outlet.

4) Find the VR headset connection cable and plug the VR headset connection cable into the front of the Processor Unit, making sure to match the symbols to achieve correct orientation. Plug the VR headset into the other end of the connection cable, again making sure you match the symbols of the cable and corresponding port.

5) Now the VR headset is connected, the next step is to connect the PlayStation Camera (not supplied). Attach the PlayStation Camera cable to the corresponding port on the back of the PS4, and place the camera atop or immediately above the TV, making sure there are no obstructions blocking its view of the room.

6) With all components now plugged into your PS4, it’s now time to turn on the console. Simply power on the console and follow the on-screen instructions to configure your play area and finish the initial setup of the VR system.

Once that’s done, you should be ready to play in VR! If you’ve bought Move batons, simply plug the provided USB cable into the PS4 and each baton and press the PlayStation button to connect them.

Need ideas about what to play? Check out our list of the top PlayStation VR games.