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Does PSVR 2 work with glasses? Here's what you need to know
Thankfully, the PlayStation VR 2 plays nice with spectacles
Tempted by Sony’s PS5 VR headset but not sure if 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.
As well as making some users feel queasy, early VR headsets were often uncomfortable or impossible to wear alongside 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 gaudy pair of Aviators, then.
One of the more impressive features of the PSVR 2 specs is its fancy eye-tracking technology, which can follow the direction of your eyes and identify the exact point on-screen you’re looking at. Wearing glasses thankfully in no way inhibits this function, nor does it compromise any of the other swanky, next-gen 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 to avoid squishing your glasses up 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 aren’t physically touching the lenses and you’ll be fine (although it would feel pretty 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’re near-sighted and have a weak prescription, you might find you can get away with playing glasses-free. Equally, if you want to make things really easy for yourself, consider picking up a pair of contact lenses – there’s no way the PSVR 2 is going to interfere with them.
Some companies also offer prescription lenses that you can place over the PSVR 2, saving you from having to wear glasses or contact lenses. It’s admittedly a more permanent and costly solution, but it’s nice that VR support for glasses wearers has come this far.
That the PSVR 2 plays nice with glasses is certainly a welcome feature, but not one that’s peculiar to Sony’s headset. The Meta Quest 2 is just as glasses-friendly, and we expect the upcoming Meta Quest 3 will be the same, so don’t let it worry you when weighing up the PSVR 2 vs Meta Quest 2. You’d be better off asking if you can put up with 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 on a PS5. Before you bite the bullet on that hefty purchase, read Adam’s thoughts on whether PSVR 2 is really worth it, and decide for yourself if PSVR 2 is already dead.
Updated: September 8, 2023