Does PSVR 2 work with glasses? Here's what you need to know
Thankfully, the PlayStation VR 2 plays nice with spectacles
Are you interested in Sony's PS5 VR headset but unsure if the PSVR 2 works with glasses? It’s a fair concern and one that is shared by many. Virtual reality technology hasn’t always been inclusive to those who rely on spectacles, but thankfully things have changed.
Early VR headsets not only made some users feel sick but were also often uncomfortable or impossible to wear with glasses. Fortunately, manufacturers have made a lot of progress over the last several years. Like other VR headsets, the PSVR 2 can be worn with glasses of all shapes and sizes. Whether you wear the tiniest goggles or the thickest frames, they’re very likely to fit snugly inside.
According to Sony, the PSVR 2 “was designed to accommodate players who wear glasses. However, some very wide or unusually shaped glasses may not fit”. Don’t expect them to work while wearing a bulky pair of Aviators, then.
One of the most impressive features of the PSVR 2 specs is its advanced eye-tracking technology, which can track the direction of your eyes and pinpoint the exact point on the screen you are looking at. Wearing glasses thankfully doesn't affect this function, and it doesn't compromise any of the other features used in the many PSVR 2 games.
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Plus, PSVR 2 is pretty comfortable while wearing glasses. The PSVR 2's visor can be adjusted to sit closer or further from your face, preventing your glasses from being squished against the bridge of your nose. Pulling the headset away from your face will also minimize the risk of scratching the PSVR 2’s fairly delicate lenses. Make sure your glasses are not touching the lenses, and you'll be fine (although it would feel quite uncomfortable if they were).
Can you use PSVR 2 without glasses?
Of course, you may not need to wear glasses while playing in virtual reality at all. If you are near-sighted and have a weak prescription, you might find that you can manage without wearing glasses. Equally, if you want to make things easier for yourself, consider wearing contact lenses – there’s no way the PSVR 2 is going to interfere with them.
Some companies offer prescription lenses that can be placed over the PSVR 2, so you won't have to wear glasses or contact lenses. This is a more permanent and costly solution, but it’s a great option if you're serious about VR.
The fact that the PSVR 2 is compatible with glasses is definitely a welcome feature, but it's not exclusive to Sony's headset. The Meta Quest 2 is just as compatible with glasses, as is the new Meta Quest 3. So, don’t worry about it when comparing the PSVR 2 vs Meta Quest 2. You would be better off asking if you can tolerate using a wired VR headset.
Unfortunately, that generous compatibility doesn’t extend to the device’s technical level. The PSVR 2 doesn’t work on PS4 and isn’t compatible with PC either, meaning you’ll need to shell out for a PS5. Before you bite the bullet on that hefty purchase, read our thoughts on whether PSVR 2 is really worth it, and decide for yourself if PSVR 2 is already dead.
Updated: December 20, 2023