PS VR2 Tested on PC with AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

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PlayStation VR2 isn’t officially supported on PCs yet, but that hasn’t stopped some users from plugging Sony’s new headset into their machines and seeing what happens when the $549.99 device is paired with some of today’s more popular graphics cards. One experiment comes courtesy of an editor with The Verge, who tried connecting the PS VR2 directly to a PC by way of an AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT’s USB-C port and found some level of success, with Windows picking up the headset (and its VR2 Sense controllers) as a second screen, albeit limited to 1080p, and with no response from SteamVR, Valve’s platform for VR hardware and games. Sony declined to confirm whether PS VR2 would ever officially support PC, but the original PS VR is compatible with SteamVR to some extent thanks to third-party efforts that include Trinus PSVR, which also counts support for non-VR games.

From The Verge:

“The PSVR2 is created for use with the PS5 console,” says Sony PR representative Beca Truong in a statement to The Verge. We asked whether Sony would ever officially support the PSVR2 on PC, but the company failed to answer.

Sony hasn’t encrypted the video signal over USB-C, but without driver support, there’s not much you can use the headset for other than a fancy second screen. I also tried the PSVR2 controllers, connected via USB, and they show up as HID compliant game controllers. I’m hopeful that someone might get this all working eventually, in much the same way that PSVR has been modded to work on PC.

Third-party tools like Trinus PSVR or iVRy allow the original PlayStation VR headset to work on PC with SteamVR. But as iVRy’s developer pointed out on Reddit recently, it was a lot of work to get things like the accelerometer working, and the open-source webcam tracking solutions still aren’t as good as Sony’s own.

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