The PlayStation VR headset is designed as an accessory for Sony’s PlayStation 4 console. However, now that the headset is officially on sale, it’s been discovered that users can get some use out of it when hooking it up to Microsoft’s Xbox One.
In fact, according to Ars Technica, it would appear that any such device with a valid HDMI input can work with the PlayStation VR to view games and videos in a “cinema mode”. That also includes Nintendo’s Wii U console as well as a Windows PC desktop.
However, the article points out that even with this functionality, you won’t be able to play a game of, say, Gear of War 4 in a true virtual reality experience with the PlayStation VR:
Any non-PlayStation inputs plugged into the PSVR headset simply show up as a large, flat, 2D screen that appears to be floating a few feet in front of you in VR space. That virtual screen stays in place as you tilt your head about. Without direct access to an external camera, though, the headset can’t adjust your virtual view as your head moves forward and back or side to side in three-dimensional space.
Having said that, the article states there’s no noticeable lag or display latency when viewing such content on the headset, and sound also works as well from its headphone jack. While this “cinema mode” is really not for gaming, you will still be able to hook up the PlayStation VR to these other HDMI-based consoles and PCs and watch videos in HD resolution. That’s unlike the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift, which only work on PCs and not on consoles.