For PlayStation owners considering the purchase or pre-order of the Meta Quest 3, understanding whether it is possible to connect the Meta Quest 3 to your PS4 or PS5 can play a pivotal role in shaping your decision-making process.
We know that we can connect the Quest 3 to a PC to harness its capabilities for demanding VR games like Phasmophobia and Half-Life: Alyx. But can the same be accomplished with PlayStation consoles? Can you tap into their power for a similar experience?
In this guide, we will unveil the truth about the possibility of connecting your Meta Quest 3 to your PS4 or PS5 to play VR games.
Can you connect Meta Quest 3 to PS4 and PS5?
While the Meta Quest headsets are not officially compatible with the PlayStation consoles, there are methods to connect the Meta Quest 3 to your PS4 or PS5.
However, due to the absence of direct compatibility between Meta Quest and PlayStation consoles, you won't have the capability to use the Meta Quest 3 on your PlayStation system in the same manner as you would with a PSVR 1 or PSVR 2 headset.
You can use your Meta Quest 3 to play games from your PS4 or PS5; however, this is restricted to non-VR game titles. That means PSVR games cannot be played on the headset, so connecting your Meta Quest 3 to PS4 and PS5 wouldn't serve a purpose.
So if you are a PS5 owner who is torn between PSVR 2 and Meta Quest 3, it's advisable to lean towards PSVR 2, as it aligns better with your needs.
How to connect Meta Quest 3 to PS4 and PS5
To connect Meta Quest 3 to your PS4 or PS5 console, you must set up Virtual Desktop on your Quest 2 and install the Virtual Desktop Streamer app. Additionally, a capture card is required to send the audiovisual signal to your PC.
In this setup, the capture card transmits both audio and video signals to your PC and your PC screen is mirrored onto your Quest 3 via Virtual Desktop, allowing you to view and interact with your PS5 or PS4 screen on your Quest 3 device.
Two alternative methods also exist: the first involves utilizing PS Remote Play alongside Virtual Desktop, while the second employs SideQuest. However, both of these methods often come with significant latency problems, impacting the overall gaming experience.
It's important to keep in mind that even when using the capture card method, you might encounter latency issues, especially during gameplay involving fast-paced action. For a smoother experience, opt for non-fast-paced games when utilizing this setup.
And with that, we are wrapping up our guide on how to connect Meta Quest 3 to PS4 and PS5. While you're here, make sure to check out our other guides about the Quest 3. They cover topics like the headset’s battery life and charge time.