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This allows players to connect these headsets to their PC and use them to play SteamVR games without having to buy a separate dedicated PC VR headset.
Since the launch of PlayStation VR2 in February, iVRy has been trying to determine whether it’s possible to make Sony‘s new headset compatible with VR on PC too.
Now, after nearly four months, it’s come to the conclusion that it is indeed possible to use PlayStation VR2 on PC, but that it will require more work and likely need extra custom-made hardware.
“PSVR2 was blocking VR modes by saying it couldn’t do [Digital Stream Compression],” iVRy tweeted. “We modified an AMD Open Source Linux GPU driver to force DSC… Now we know how to put the PSVR2 into VR mode, so we can design some hardware to do it on Windows.
“Can PSVR2 be used on PC? Yes.”
It then clarified its statement by explaining that it will be some time before PS VR2 can be fully used on PC, telling one follower: “How long is a piece of string? There’s no way at this point to give estimates. It won’t be soon, that’s for sure.”
It told another: “We have so much work to do just to get a basic [three degrees of freedom] driver working, then we have 6DOF, then we have controllers. This is a long process that we’ve just begun.”
It also noted that “due to Sony’s design choices”, an extra piece of hardware will be needed to get PS VR2 running on PC.
“Everyone will need an adapter (apart from some AMD users on Linux),” it explained to another follower. “That adapter doesn’t exist yet. We have to design and build one. Then hopefully some hardware company will pick it up and mass-produce it.”