How to claim a free PS5 PlayStation VR adapter for your new console

PlayStation VR headset
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If you own a PlayStation VR and want to use it on your PS5, we've got some good news. Your expensive virtual reality headset is completely compatible with the PS5, but you'll need to use a special camera adapter.

Sony announced it would ship PlayStation VR adapters, free of charge, to people who currently own the PSVR headset, and even promised to have them delivered by the time the new console launched on November 19, 2020.

The entire PlayStation VR library is compatible with the PS5, which means your headset will still give you a lot of mileage on the new console, but only if you have the new adapter Sony is offering up. It also means that if you've been hesitant to jump into virtual reality, you can do so knowing you don't need a PS4 to play. We'd advise waiting for PSVR 2 to release at this point, though, instead of buying the older model.

But why do you even need an adapter in the first place? Well, the PS5 uses different hardware, so the headset needs some extra equipment to allow it to work on the latest console.

You're only eligible to claim this adapter if you currently own a PSVR Headset, which allows you to play virtual reality games on your PlayStation 4 console. You can't just get one in case you decide to buy one in the future. 

If you've got your headset to hand, let's get started.

How to claim a free PSVR camera adapter from Sony

To claim the free PlayStation Camera adapter from Sony, you'll need to grab a serial number from your PSVR processor and your shipping information.

You'll need to head to this website set up by Sony to start the process.

Follow the steps on this page

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Once you've gone to the website above, check the Captcha box and continue with the process.

Next, you'll need to find your PSVR serial number. If you're having trouble finding it, check the rear panel of the PSVR processor unit and you should find the serial number, which begins with the letter C, M, or P depending on your region.

Once you've entered in those details, Sony will want to confirm the following things: first name, last name, email address, shipping address, and phone number.

This is where you'll find the serial number

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After you've filled in all those details, you can complete the process and wait patiently for your free camera adapter to arrive. Sony has said that shipping and delivery time will be based on your location.

If you've completed the above process, you'll receive an email confirming everything and receive another email later on telling you when the camera has been shipped.

And that's all there is to it. Once your PSVR adapter arrives, you can use your headset on the shiny new PS5 console and enjoy the wonders of VR on your next-generation system.