Drift can be a disorienting and frustrating problem while playing games on PlayStation VR.
PlayStation VR can deliver hours upon hours of enjoyment between the many games, apps, and movies you can experience on it. However there has been a problem cropping up that is highly frustrating when you are gaming, drift. Screen drift causes your game or movie to shift to the left.
Sometimes it is gradual enough that you may not even notice it, while at other times it is a sharp delineation as to when the drift occurred. While there are no fail safe ways to stop this from happening, we have a few tips that ought to help cut down on how often it occurs.
Make sure the PlayStation Camera can clearly see you.
One of the ways you can cut down on how often drift effects your gameplay is by making sure your PlayStation Camera can clearly see you. This means ensuring that both your helmet, and whichever controller you are using is all clearly within view of the camera. By doing this you can make sure that your screen never jumps one direction or another because it thinks that you have moved in that direction.
Remember that the darker your room, the easier time the PlayStation Camera has of seeing you. You should also eliminate any bright lights, or other LED screens that are within the view of the camera to avoid it picking up those sources of light.
If you are using a DualShock 4 controller, then make sure the camera can clearly see the light bar, if you've got it plugged in to charge the light can be obscured, which can cause issues. The camera works by tracking the light from your helmet, and controllers so having other sources of bright light in the room can mess with tracking while you are playing.
Reorient your screen
If your screen does start to drift, there is an easy way to reorient your screen. While this isn't a perfect option, because it requires you to fix the problem as it occurs instead of avoiding it entirely, it is a quick fix.
In order to reorient your screen you'll want to pause your game, and press and hold the options button on your controller. This ought to reorient your screen back to where it is supposed to be, and allows you to keep playing without having to jump out of VR to deal with the problem.
Contact Sony support
As of right now there is no fix all for the drifting issue. However, some users have had luck in contacting Sony support in order to exchange out their unit. This seems to be a pretty widespread issue that is effecting many gamers. You can contact Sony support and talk to them Here. There are a few troubleshooting tips they may ask you to try out, but in many cases they are willing to switch out your PlayStation VR.
Sony is doing their due diligence to deal with this problem. However it's worth noting that as of right now, they haven't released a statement discussing why this is happening, or what causes it. We do know that they are very aware of the problem, and are taking steps to deal with this problem moving forward.
Have you had any issues with drift while playing on PlayStation VR? Is there another fix that we didn't mention here? Be sure to tell us about it in the forums or leave us a comment below!