Jerky head or controller tracking can be frustrating, but it is easy to fix.
You're all ready for a good time in VR. The room is free of furniture you might trip over, your move controllers are properly charged up, and you've got a new game that you've been dying to play. Except that when you load your game, your PlayStation VR doesn't seem to be properly tracking your helmet, or controllers. While this is an exceedingly frustrating problem, it's also a common one, which makes it easy to fix.
Fixing jerky head tracking
The thing to remember if you're having issues with jerky head tracking, is that the problem most likely isn't in your helmet. Rather the problem is sourced with your camera. That's because the PlayStation camera reads the LED light sources in the room you are playing in. If it's picking up extra light, or there are seriously reflective surfaces, it can seriously throw the tracking off.
To help with this, start by making sure that your PlayStation camera is seated on a dull or matte surface. You don't want it to pick up any reflective surfaces, or anything that is particularly shiny. Those are the types of surfaces that will throw everything off. You also want to ensure that the camera isn't picking up any other bright lights, or LEDs. Common electronic items that can throw off your PlayStation camera includes computer monitors, or a second television in the room. Also be sure that there aren't any bright lights shining directly onto your PlayStation VR helmet
You can also help out your PlayStation camera by playing in a dark room. For once, playing video games in a dark room won't mess with your eyes, because you'll be in your VR helmet seeing something entirely different. Playing in a dark room will also ensure that your camera is picking up the best possible image of the LED in your helmet, which should aid in tracking.
Fix jerky controller tracking
The same rules for dealing with jerky head tracking also apply when dealing with PlayStation Move controllers not tracking correctly. For the most part, there are fewer issues with the PlayStation camera not properly picking up the LED signatures on your DualShock 4 controller or Move controllers.
However, there are a few specific things that can occur with your controllers that you won't run into with your VR helmet. Make sure whatever controller you are using has been properly charged. Low power means you may lose power to your controller without realizing it, which equals a poor VR experience. If you wind up needing to charge your DualShock 4 controller while playing, you may need to tweak position of the charging cord a little bit. That's because it is possible for the charge cord to block the glowing LED at the top of your controller. If that light is obscured it becomes harder for the PlayStation camera to track.
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