Oculus Rift Requirements: Other Things You Need to Know!
Virtual reality, specifically the Oculus Rift, is being lauded by many as one of the next great technological developments, and with good cause.
It offers an entirely new, much more immersive gaming experience, and it’s fantastic for teaching, where students can take a more hands-on approach. There are a few fantastic virtual reality headsets on the market, but not all are worth purchasing.
The Oculus Rift was arguably the first headset to introduce consumers to virtual reality, and it remains one of the best VR headsets currently available. In addition to being a great headset, it also has decent developer support, possibly because it was one of the first major headsets to be released.
Before you can experience virtual reality, you will need to set up your Oculus Rift, which includes both setting up the headset and configuring your computer for optimal compatibility. Fortunately, we do not believe it to be an overly complicated procedure; however, we do suggest setting aside at least 30 minutes for it.
Regardless of your level of technological expertise, we’ve got you covered – here’s how to set up the Oculus Rift.
Oculus Rift Requirements
Obviously, before you even consider installing the Oculus Rift, you’ll need to ensure that your computer is capable of meeting the Rift’s requirements.
As the Oculus Rift is a relatively powerful device, you will need a similarly potent computer. If you are in the process of building a computer or purchasing a new one, you will need to keep these Oculus Rift requirements in mind.
If you already have a computer but its components are not powerful enough for the Oculus Rift, you will need to consider purchasing a new computer or upgrading your existing one.
Here is a summary of the minimum requirements for the Oculus Rift:
- Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or better
- Intel Core i3-6100 or better
- 8GB of RAM or more
- HDMI 1.3 output
- 1x USB 3.0 port
- 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Windows 8.1 or newer
These specifications are the bare minimum, so if you have more powerful components, they will also function.
In fact, Oculus recommends slightly more powerful specifications. For instance, the company recommends a Nvidia GTX 1060 or better GPU, an Intel Core i5-4590 or better CPU, and three USB 3.0 ports.
However, if you meet the minimum requirements, the Oculus Rift will run. It may not run all software; according to Oculus, some content may require specifications that exceed the minimum requirements, but it should still function.
Computer specifications are not the only factor you must consider. In order to use the Oculus Touch controllers, sufficient space is also required. According to Oculus, a space measuring at least 3 x 3 feet is required, though some content requires a play area measuring 7 x 5 feet.
How to Set Up the Oculus Rift
Now that you have the headset and the necessary gear to run it, it’s time to configure your system so you can enjoy virtual reality.
Thankfully, the Oculus Rift is easier to set up than other virtual reality headsets, such as the HTC Vive, although it may still be a bit hard for some.
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Follow the steps below to ensure the correct installation of your Oculus Rift.
Setting Up the Headset
- Install and launch the Oculus Software (opens in new tab).
- Ensure that your GPU drivers are current. To discover how to accomplish this, click here for an Nvidia GPU or here for an AMD GPU (opens in a new tab).
- Remove the protective coatings from the lenses of your headset.
- Connect the HDMI plug on the headset cable to the GPU’s HDMI port. Make careful you plug it into your graphics card, not the HDMI port on your motherboard.
- Connect the USB connector on the headset cable to a blue USB 3.0 port on your computer.
- Connect the sensor cable to a second available USB 3.0 port. Once all three of these cables have been plugged in, the Oculus software should display green icons next to them to indicate that they have been successfully connected.
- Click the next button within the Oculus software. On the firmware update screen, click “Update Now.” Do not disconnect the headset during the firmware update.
Connect the Oculus Remote
- Remove the plastic tab from the battery door on the remote’s rear.
- Press and hold the main button on the top of the remote, which is the select button.
- The remote should connect to the headset automatically.
Setting Up the Oculus Sensors
- Launch the Oculus software, navigate to “Devices” in the menu, and then click “Configure Rift” and “Sensor Setup”
- Provide your height.
- Position sensors between three and six feet from the user’s head when using the Rift. Ensure that nothing obstructs the path between the sensor and where your headset would be, even if you stoop or move while using.
- Holding the headset in front of you and moving it around is the correct method. You will be notified when the headset and sensor have successfully connected.
- Repeat these instructions for the second sensor.
Setting Up the Oculus Touch Controllers
- After connecting the Oculus Sensors, you will be prompted to configure the Oculus Touch controllers automatically. If prompted, navigate to the Devices menu, select Configure Rift, and press Add Left Touch.
- Follow the instructions displayed on-screen to pair the Left Touch controller.
- Repeat the procedure for the Right Touch.
Setting Up the Guardian System
- After configuring the Touch controllers, you’ll be automatically prompted to configure the Guardian System, which maps out the area in which you’ll be using the Rift and alerts you when you’re approaching its boundaries. If you weren’t prompted automatically, navigate to “Configure Rift” in the Oculus software and select “Guardian System.”
- Follow the instructions on-screen to configure the Guardian System.
Other Things You Need to Know
Your Rift is now configured and ready for use, but there are still a few tasks to complete before you can begin using it.
To begin, you may need to adjust the Rift’s fit to your head. To accomplish this, don the Rift and then tighten its straps.
The principal strap should ride rather low, and the tracking triangle should rest at the bony prominence at the back of the skull. When properly adjusted, the weight should feel evenly distributed around your head.
If a component is malfunctioning or you need to reset something, it’s thankfully pretty simple to access the settings in the Oculus Software and reset it manually.
Each time you set up a new sensor or remote, you do not need to begin at the top and work your way down. Instead, you can follow the instructions for a specific section.