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How to Watch 3D Movies on PSVR?


With your PSVR headset, you can do more than just play games. You can use it as a portal which will bring you in front of a giant screen displaying movies in 3D! We have written about 3D movies on Netflix before, but why not use PSVR and 3D Blu-Ray player instead? You can have a greater variety of movies since Netflix, unfortunately, doesn’t put too much effort into the 3D category.

So, how to watch 3D movies on PSVR? Let’s dive right in.

Upgrade your PSVR and PlayStation

With the advent of the 4.5 update on the PS4 console, your PlayStation device has turned into a 3D TV! The TV industry has bet on the success of the first 3D TV. However, with the lack of general interest, it has since moved its focus onto 4k and 8k displays. However, you already own a PS4 console, so that shouldn’t bother you.

First, make sure your PS4 and PSVR are up to date by manually checking the settings and upgrading if there is any need. Most likely, it has already been done automatically.
Next, make sure you own a 3D Blu-ray, although that goes without question. Clean up the lenses on your  PSVR headset, so that they are as clean as they can possibly be. You’ll be watching through them for quite some time, you don’t want to spoil the experience.

Adjust the cinematic viewing settings to your preference

As soon as you plug in your 3D Blu-ray, the PS4’s Cinematic Mode will turn on and will allow you to watch the movie. You might want to adjust the settings so that you get the best experience possible. The Cinematic Mode has three settings – Small, Medium and Large. Medium and Large are the two viewing modes you should be going for.

On the first glance, you might be interested in Large. It does give you the largest amount of viewing space, for sure. But, it would feel like you’re at the front row seat. You will have to move your head left and right to see everything clearly. This will make the PSVR headset move the display as well. That can get your head spinning very fast. The Medium settings will work out the best since you have the image at the center and don’t have to move your head so much.

Now, you’ll be inside the world of stereoscopic 3D for about 2 hours, more or less. Make sure that the display is positioned a bit higher than you would normally have it. That makes it easier to shift your head without the display moving with it, which is important for convenience.

Once the movie has started, you can control itjust like any other through the PlayStation 4 means. DualShock 4 controller, voice commands or separate media controllers all work well. However, make sure to choose the most convenient control method for yourself before the movie starts. You don’t want to be fumbling around and breaking the immersion in the middle of the process.

And that’s it, easy as a pie. However, if you do not own any BlueRays, or are simply in need of watching some other form of visual entertainment, PSVR can serve as a hub for it.

So, how to watch a 3D video on PSVR?

There are a number of different formats for 3D movies, the most popular ones are:

Anaglyph (the old Red/Blue glasses),
-Blu-Ray 3D
-Over/Under (sometimes called Top/Bottom)

Sony’s standard format is Over/Under so, when browsing PSVR’s YouTube app, be sure to type in Over/Under before any content that you wish to search for. Now, as the display splits the images into two halves (you might have guessed it, one is at the bottom, other at top), the resolution displayed on your headset will be half of the original video quality, which is the case for perceived pixelated look of the video. Make sure you find the highest quality video out there. Obviously, you can’t go wrong with 4K.

Unfortunately, many of the videos tagged as 3D are merely 360 videos. They usually have a flat look since they are displayed on a flat sphere. This might look disappointing at first, but don’t worry. We have made a list of the best 3D videos for you to watch so you don’t have to spend hours looking for the best content.

That being said, while searching for the most entertaining videos, you will soon realize a lot of them don’t come in 3D format at all. Don’t worry though, there are ways of turning a 2D image into a 3D which we will cover later.

PS4 YouTube App Supports :

-2D Non-VR (regular videos)
-2D 180°/360°
-3D 180°/360° [Over/Under]
-No 3D Support for SBS [Side-by-Side] , HSBS [ Half Side-by-Side] Video

If you wish to watch unsupported video formats, like mentioned Side by Side, just download LittleStar App and dispel your worries. A great thing about LittleStar app is that you can easily watch movies saved on a USB stick. Here’s the procedure.

First get a stick that is compatible with your PlayStation 4. Then download the video you wish to watch and save it in this format: *file name*_180_sbs.mp4 for a 180-degree video and for 360 degrees the format is *file name*_360_sbs.mp4. The next thing you need to do is simply plug in your USB in the console, open your PSVR and go to LittleStars’ library, find the named video and play it!

We did our best to give you as many options as possible so you can find your optimal way of watching 3D movies and videos on your PSVR. Hopefully, you will find a way that will work out for you. Good luck and enjoy the view!

Bluetooth Adapters Working With Windows MR


Windows MR is Microsoft’s response to the growing market of virtual reality headsets. Windows MR stands for “Mixed Reality”, a name picked by Microsoft for their initial headsets. They work similarly to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but with one big difference – these headsets don’t require separate sensors. Microsoft offers movement tracking up to six degrees of freedom, without the need to set up standard sensors across the room and having to reorganize your room. Windows MR headsets are connected to your PC via HDMI and USB 3.0 cables, and the motion controllers use Bluetooth 4.0.

Great thing about Windows MR headsets is that you can easily bring them to your friend’s house and share the VR experience. Unfortunately, not all PCs support Bluetooth 4.0, therefore acquiring one of the Bluetooth adapters working with Windows MR is necessary. Therefore, we at VRBorg made this list of Bluetooth adapters working with Windows MR for you!

Club 3D Displayport 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 Ultra HD

Basically all the adapters are converting DisplayPort signal to the newest HDMI standards. Club 3D DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 is a certified 2.0 HDMI cable supporting 4K resolution at 60Hz. In the world of gaming, 60Hz refresh rate is widely regarded as the requirement for a smooth and glitch-free experience. The adapter is lightweight and highly portable, and offers astonishing 4K picture quality. It is also backward compatible with 1080p, meaning you wont have issues working on lower resolutions. Club 3D DisplayPort to HDMI adapter allows for plug and play installation without any drivers.

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ORICO USB Dongle Unifying Receiver

If you are looking for a colorful and stylish Bluetooth adapter to add the Bluetooth functionality to your PC, then ORICO USB Dongle is the right choice for you. It is suitable for desktop and laptop computers with USB ports, through which it connects you with peripheral Bluetooth enabled devices. The design is very compact – 23 x 15 x 5mm and it offers transfer distance up to 20 meters. Additionally, it is Windows compatible, so plug and play is allowed. In the end, it is extremely energy efficient, built using the ultra-low energy consumption technology.

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Avantree USB Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter

Another extra small 4.0 Bluetooth dongle with exceptionally low energy consumption. It is compatible with all Windows OSs, as Windows auto installs the required drivers. For Win 7 and Vista you will have to install the driver from CD, or download it from the Avantree support site. It comes with 2 year warranty and step by step video instructions. As it doesn’t natively support MAC, there are two other variations of the product. One offers exclusive Windows 10 support, and the other is compatible with PS4/Mac/Nintendo.

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Plugable 10-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub

In case your PC doesn’t have enough USB 3.0 ports to support all the peripherals and your Windows MR headset, you’ll probably have to invest in a USB hub. Have in mind that the hub is powered separately, meaning it is plugged in a power source at all times.

Official Microsoft recommendation for Windows MR is the Plugable 10-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub. It supports 4K resolution brought by HDMI 2.0, but it is also backwards compatible with HDMI 1.4 and USB 2.0 technologies. It is powered by robust 48W power adapter, compatible with both Windows and Mac OS. The finish features sleek black color with 6 jacks in front and 4 on the rear end. This minimizes cable cluttering and increases functionality and accessibility. USB 3.0 SuperSpeed transfer is supported at up to 5Gbps. While this USB hub offers 10 ports, it is still very compact and won’t take up too much space.

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The Best Headphones for The Samsung Odyssey

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The Samsung HMD Odyssey offers better resolutions than other VR headsets, a better field of view, and allows for adjustment of the interpupillary distance – that’s the distance between the eyes, a crucial parameter when creating depth and perspective in mixed reality or virtual reality.

However, built-in Samsung Odyssey headphones, while they are a plus point for some people, can actually be a nuisance to others, as they are a ‘one size fits all’. Some people just may not be able to get them to fit. Yes, if they don’t reach to your ears, you can try to pull them lower, but you have to be careful doing this for two reasons.

Don’t use force to try to get the Samsung Odyssey headphones to fit

Firstly, the connectors of the Samsung Odyssey headphones are rather delicate, and it’s quite possible that you may break one or both of the ear cups if you try to bring them into position by force.

Secondly, using force to bring the ear cups into place can make the display itself tilt or otherwise shift out of place. If you do that, the screen itself becomes misaligned, and that directly affects the quality of the image that you perceive.

Many people have asked whether the cups of the Samsung Odyssey headphones are removable, and the sad fact is that they aren’t. However, you can use your own headphones instead of the headset’s headphones, without removing them.

Using normal headphones that can fit over the MR headset

This is one way of getting the audio to work if the cups of the Samsung Odyssey’s own headphones don’t reach your ears. The cups of the headset’s headphones can be rotated out of the way so that they rest on your temples. Then you can use a normal pair of headphones – of course, you’ll have to be sure that they can fit over your headset – and get perfect audio-video synchronization in mixed reality or virtual reality.

But isn’t rotating the headphone cups forward uncomfortable?

It may sound like it is, but it’s not, actually. The slight feeling of pressure on the temples might feel odd at first, but one quickly gets used to it. The original cups of the Samsung Odyssey’s headphones are well padded, so they’re not really uncomfortable at all if they make contact with your temples.

An extension cable

Any headphones that you use with the headset will require an extension cable capable for carrying audio from your computer to the headphones. Amazon has a lot of affordable and quality cables to choose from.

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Earbud Headphones are what is really recommended

While it is possible to swivel the cups of the Samsung Odyssey’s headphones forward, and use a conventional pair of headphones, what really works best is to use ear-bud or in-ear headphones. These work best, and provide the best experience, without even necessitating that the headsets own headphones be moved out of the way.

You can route your MR or VR audio to these, and enjoy perfect audio in comfort, and all this while the headset’s headphones remain in place. That said, here are some of the best Samsung Odyssey headphones that are compatible with this system.

The Marshall Minor headphones set

These versatile headphones have ear buds that fit just inside the ear, and just outside the ear canal. This means that this isn’t an ‘in-ear’ headphone set, since nothing really sits inside the ear canal.

They have a very unique design, being tiny pads in the shape of a fan

These fans are placed right above the earbuds themselves. These fans, intriguingly enough, are what locks the headphones in place. They’re very effective, for such an original solution, and you’ll find that you can engage in some very energetic virtual reality or mixed reality scenarios without these headphones falling off. The company provides you with quite a few sets of these fan-shaped pads, and they are interchangeable. When you open the box, one set of pads is already in place over the headphone’s earbuds.

Marshall Minor headphones

So what’s the sound like?

Well, the bass is very strong, but not quite as powerful as other Samsung Odyssey headphones in a slightly higher price bracket. However, while the sound is not as loud and dominating, the tonal quality is excellent. The mid range, on the other hand, is nothing short of exceptional, which is crucially important in detecting distance and direction of sound on a VR soundstage.

The highs tend to break at very high volume. However, we rarely experienced that in the mixed reality or virtual reality scenarios that we tested these in. Outside noise reduction is reasonable, though this isn’t a perfect system. However, we found that when these headphones are used within the Samsung Odyssey’s ear cups, that there is far better sound isolation.

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The Bose SoundSport

There have been so many varieties of headphones put out by Bose in recent years that one can be quite confused by them. However, the company has quite recently removed the myriad variations, and now basically sells just the SoundSport, which sits in the ear without actually being in the ear canal, and the SoundTrue Ultra, whose design is massively focused upon noise isolation.

Stays in place during the action

As is common with headphones that sit loosely inside the ear, instead of actually entering the ear canal, Bose’s SoundSport has a silicon tip in a winged shape that actually holds it in place inside the ear. It’s an excellent design. Not only does it look rather futuristic, but the design stays in place very effectively, allowing one to play more energetic VR scenarios, for example.

Bose SoundSport

These headphones are designed to feel comfortable, and you’ll be able to wear them for hours. However, the focus on comfort means they have a loose fit, and while they’re designed not to fall off, the sound isolation is not exactly optimal. However, as we recommended for the Marshall Minor headphones, wearing them inside the Samsung Odyssey’s ear cups tends to considerably improve one’s isolation from outside noises and immersion in VR or MR.

There’s a nice balance to the sound, and the bass is smooth

There’s a good midrange, and an excellent sound stage. The highs are acceptable. These headphones seem to have a greater range in the bass and the midrange than in the highs, and many people actually prefer this focus. The sound is good, the comfort exceptional, and the reliability of the fit perfect.

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However, if you would like a truly optimal VR or MR audio experience, we would suggest that you go in for the Ultra. Yes, you’ll have to pay a little more, but the sound is considerably better, and the sound isolating elements are exceptional.

The Bose SoundTrue Ultra

While Bose’s SoundSport is a very good pair of  headphones, but if you’re still not satisfied with its sound, you could consider springing for its pricier cousin, the Bose SoundTrue Ultra. These headphones deliver crystal clear sound with a considerable range, and exceptional isolation. This is actually quite important for immersion in MR and VR.

Bose SoundTrue Ultra

Note that you won’t get the same massive volume of other in-ear Samsung Odyssey headphones in the same price range. This is because the company was concerned about possible damage to users’ ears, and so has set the maximum volume to a level designed to not cause any permanent damage. The volume was more than adequate for all the MR or VR apps we tried out though.

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The 1MORE Triple Driver

These are absolutely phenomenal. The external design is elegant and subtle. The buds of the headphones are milled aluminum, and are of an utterly charming rose-gold shade. The design of the earbuds is exceptionally ergonomic, and fits the ear perfectly. They fit in so compactly that they are almost invisible outside the ear.

1MORE Triple Driver

The quality of the sound is beyond belief

The headphones have triple drivers that can deliver a range of combinations that simply has to be heard to be believed. The sound is warm. Yes, actually warm. And the balance is something a tightrope walker would envy. With a wide range of frequencies and perfect detail and clarity in the sound, these are certainly recommended.

The sound is very detailed, with a very apparent sense of space and distance

This is, of course, crucial in VR and MR. Different sources of sound effects and ambient music are appropriately layered in an excellent soundstage. We found that, on a VR soundstage, we could pick up different simultaneous noises in different directions, and yet track them perfectly, and gauge distances – all at the same time. As we said, the headphones’ triple drivers allow for combinations and effects that are unique and truly exceptional.

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For those who like a powerful bass, once again, those triple drivers allow for exceptionally deep and rich tones. Best of all, there’s a perfect seal for noise isolation. This is excellent for immersion in virtual reality, and provides realism in mixed reality.

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