Typically, it all comes down to lighting.
You've probably experienced issues with tracking while using your PlayStation VR and whether it's a feeling of drifting or watching objects around you shake, we're here to help you find a solution so that your PSVR experience can go back to being as immersive as possible.
Making sure you are set up properly
Always ensure you position yourself about 6 feet away from the PlayStation Camera. Through other tests, we have found that whenever you are changing the settings of the height of your PlayStation Eye Camera you want to keep it at about chest level to anyone playing. This means that someone who is 6feet tall might not have the same tracking issues a 5foot tall person does when the camera is at a 4foot level. By getting a clipped mic stand you can make everything a lot easier for a constant change in where your camera will be should you find it necessary.
Once you have your camera set up and comfortable, go into your PlayStation settings to confirm that you can be seen and are exactly where you need to be!
- Press and hold the PS button to open the Quick Menu
- Select Adjust PlayStation VR.
- Select Confirm Your Position
- Center yourself in the area the sceen will show you!
Check your current light sources
Most tracking issues come down from a light source problem. Whether the issue comes from reflections of light or just too bright of a light source it what diving into your settings can help you figure out.
- Select "Settings" from your PlayStation menu.
- Select "Devices."
- Select "Adjust Tracking Lights."
From there you wanna make sure all your lights and controllers are in the designated areas they are supposed to be. If you see a dark blob on the screen, that's a light that is too bright.
Amending your current lighting issues
If you found any dark blobs on the screen while checking for the light sources in your play space then it's time to make some room arrangements. Here are some helpful tips to eliminate lighting issues.
Put down a floor mat on your play space to cover reflective floors. (This also helps your playspace be safer and more comfortable.)
Removing reflective nicknacks and decorations that might be shining light on your camera.
So, while a lot of options require a few dollars to be spent, most can be fixed with spare blankets and sheets! Just do be careful when using floormats. If they don't have a textured bottom to prevent slipping, order some double-sided tape!
Have you noticed when you take a picture of a person with the sun behind them the camera makes them a dark shadow? The exact problem occurs on the PSVR too. Try moving the camera so it points away from any direct sources if possible. Obviously, this is not possible all the time if you want it near your TV but remember, you don't need your TV to play VR, so it is possible to move the camera to accommodate that.
Changing the color hue of your room
Recently we've tested changing color hues of your VR rooms to help with the tracking on your PSVR. We've found that changing the base color of the room around you will help tracking through your PlayStation Eye camera. As the blue light on your headset does not change, a color had to be found that would combat this the most which resulted in choosing a hue of green. Popular speculations have used yellows and found they work well, Green is still the most efficient.
If you have tried everything above to remove your tracking issues with no avail, I definitely recommend changing the hue to the color in your room so that it is more solid and easier for the PlayStation VR to track!
Make sure it's clean
Your PlayStation picks up the colors emitted from your Move Controllers, Headset and Aim Controllers to tell how you are moving so it can plug those motions into the game. If the bulbs on your controllers are dimmed or affected by any layers of dirt or grime go ahead and clean those off to boost their performance!
- Use a baby wipe or Lysol wipe to gently clean the surface of the bulb.
- Use microfiber cloths to dry the bulb completely before use.
On top of this, ensure that your PlayStation Eye Camera is clean as well!
- Take a can of compressed air and gently blow the surface of the Eye Camera to remove dust.
- Use a microfiber cloth to clean up other residue and dry it off.
Thoughts and Construction
By building a dedicated VR Room, one with only artificial light sources, you can control every aspect of your VR experience. If you have any tips or pictures of your VR layouts we would love to see them. Leave a comment below and show off your handiwork!