How to manually set your IPD in PSVR

There are a lot of people out there who are interested in the PlayStation VR, but don’t know how to get the most out of the experience. There are a lot of things you can do to step up your game using the two PlayStation Move controllers, but the most important thing can be done without having to touch your TV or play the game. You can adjust the inter-pupillary distance (IPD) in the settings menu, but what is it? How does it work? And how do you actually go about doing it? All of this and more can be found in this guide.

The PlayStation VR comes with a single changeable focus distance (IFD) option, which must be set to 50mm for the best IPD match with the VR headset. You can check the minimum IPD distance using the “PlayStation VR System Setup” menu option, as well as by inspecting the lens on the headset:

You may not have heard about the inner screen distance (ISD) in VR, but it’s an important setting when setting up your HMD.

Unlike the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, PlayStation VR lacks a slider or dial that allows you to manually adjust the interpupillary distance (IPD) in your headset. Instead, PSVR includes software that captures a photo of your face and allows you to move crosshairs over your eyes. Everything else is taken care of automatically. Unfortunately, this procedure isn’t entirely precise, and it may take many attempts to get it perfect.

Why should you be concerned about IPD? If it’s not set up correctly, your picture will be fuzzy, causing eye strain and headaches. Reddit user Vlaid produced a chart that demonstrates how to manually (but not physically) adjust the interpupillary distance in PlayStation VR to achieve the ideal IPD and picture. It works perfectly and is much more accurate than depending on software.

Measure the size of your pupils.

The first step is to use a real ruler and a mirror to measure the distance between your eyes.

  1. Hold the ruler directly behind your eyes, just above your nose.
  2. Your left eye should be closed.
  3. Line the end of the ruler up with the middle of your right pupil while looking straight into it. Do not shift the ruler from this point forward.
  4. Close your right eye and open your left.
  5. Look into your left pupil and take a measurement in millimeters.

This is your interpupillary distance, which will be utilized in the next section. Make a note of it!

Set your PlayStation 4’s IPD manually.

Now that you’ve determined your IPD using the technique described above, you can go to your PS4 and manually adjust it using the chart.

  1. Make a selection of options.
  2. Choose your devices.

    Select Settings. Select Devices.

  3. Select PlayStation VR from the options.
  4. Choose Measure Eye-to-Eye Distance from the drop-down menu.

    Select PlayStation VR. Select Measure Eye-to-Eye Distance.

  5. Next should be selected.
  6. Choose OK.

    Select Next. Select OK.

  7. Choose the option to take photos. It’s worth noting that you don’t have to be near the camera to accomplish this; just snap a photo of whatever is in the room.
  8. Select Yes, and then Confirm.

    Select Take Photos. Select Yes Confirm.

  9. Choose OK.
  10. Use the D-pad to move the left crosshair in the left camera a specific number of times — check the table below for an estimate of how many clicks you’ll need. If your IPD is 59mm, for example, you should shift the left crosshair five clicks to the right.

    Select OK. Move the left crosshair.

  11. On your controller, press X.
  12. To return the right crosshair on the left camera to its normal position, press X on your controller once again.

    Hit X. Hit X again.

  13. The left crosshair in the right camera should be moved the same amount of times as the left crosshair in the left camera. For instance, I’ll shift the left crosshair five clicks to the right once again.
  14. On your controller, press X.

    Move the left crosshair. Hit X.

  15. To return the right crosshair on the right camera to its default position, press X on your controller once again.
  16. Choose OK.

    Hit X again. Select OK.

Your interpupillary distance will now be adjusted to the same value as the ruler measurement.

PlayStation VR interpupillary distance chart

For your convenience, I’ve included a copy of the chart. The amount of clicks relates to how many times you use the D-pad on your DualShock 4 controller to move the left crosshair in both cameras.

Interpupillary distance is the distance between the eyes. The total number of clicks
48mm 18 degrees to the right
49mm 17 degrees to the right
50mm 16 degrees to the right
51mm 15 degrees to the right
52mm 14 degrees to the right
53mm 13 degrees to the right
54mm To the right, 11
55mm To the right, 10
56mm To the right, 9
57mm To the right, 7
58mm 6 degrees to the right
59mm 5 degrees to the right
60mm 4 in the correct direction
61mm 3 in the correct direction
62mm 1 in the correct direction
63mm If you don’t want to move the crosshairs, use the default settings.
64mm 1 on the far left
65mm 2 on the left side
66mm 3 steps to the left
67mm 5 degrees to the left
68mm 6 on the far left
69mm 7 degrees to the left
70mm To the left, number 8
71mm 9 degrees to the left
72mm To the left, number 11
73mm 12 on the far left
74mm 13 degrees to the left
75mm 14 degrees to the left
76mm 15 degrees to the left
77mm To the left, 17
78mm 18 degrees to the left

Thanks to Vlaird for figuring out how many clicks it takes and for letting others know about this clever technique.

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If you’ve been playing games on your PlayStation VR headset, you may know that you can adjust the interpupillary distance (IPD) with the settings menu. This is one of my favorite features because it makes playing more comfortable for me. In this article, I show you how to change the IPD manually through the settings menu on the PlayStation VR headset.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you adjust IPD on PSVR?

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How do you calibrate IPD VR?

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