PS VR 2 is unlikely to run on PC, according to the developer of the PS VR compatible driver

When the original PS VR headset launched in 2016, it couldn’t have been used on PC, but the hard work of developers like Mediator Software has made it possible to use the Sony headset to play VR games that are available on PC. Sadly, the same may not happen with the soon-to-be-released PS VR 2, according to the developer of PS VR compatible drivers.

As reported by Road To VR, developer iVRy Driver commented on Reddit about the possibility of using PS VR 2 on PC at launch and even in the future. The developer believes Sony will encrypt the signals running over USB to prevent the headset from being usable on a PC. Even if it doesn’t, there are other issues that will prevent PS VR 2 from being used immediately on PC, such as the lack of a SLAM tracker for Windows, support for controllers, etc. If the headset is ever usable on PC, it will be in the distant future likely due to the amount of work required to make it work on anything other than the PlayStation 5.

It’s very possible that Sony encrypted the signals (which are all USB powered) to prevent non-PS use. Even if they don’t, it would take a lot of reverse engineering (read several years) just to get an image on the headset. Then there is the tracking, which has to be developed, as there is no ready-made SLAM tracker available for Windows (assuming of course that the camera protocol is reverse engineered). Then controllers and so on. I’d say it’s very unlikely that PSVR2 will be usable for PCVR within 5 years of its release. Therefore, the weight of paper would be very prohibitive, and by the time it was usable (if ever) it would be completely obsolete.

The PS VR 2 headset will launch worldwide on February 22, along with the PS VR 2 Sense console charging station and select titles, such as Horizon: Call of the Mountain. Games already available such as Gran Turismo 7 and Resident Evil Village will be updated on the same day to support the new headset.

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