How to stop yourself getting all tangled while you play.
Cable management is important to consider when connecting up your latest equipment. Whether you are a neat freak or not, no one can deny that poor cable management is a real eye sore when showing off your new rig or toys to your friends. Not only that, but when trying to use your new virtual reality headset, poor cable management can result in not only causing damage to yourself when you eventually trip over, but it can cause damage to your equipment too.
So to help with this, here are three tips that can help with cleaning up your cables.
1. Find a buddy
Now this tip may seem a little impractical and possibly a little excessive but bare with me. One of the most effective methods of keeping your headset cables tidy is to have someone do it for you. While you’re in the zone, have one of your friends or a sibling follow behind you and keep your cables in order. This will help to avoid any tripping over your cables while you’re otherwise engaged.
This is definitely a more pompous way to go about your cable management however as proven, it is quite effective. It is also a reasonably cheap option, being the technique of choice during VR conventions to ensure the best experience when testing out new games or headsets. The only problem you might be faced with is convincing your mate to help you out, potentially making this technique a little more expensive.
2. Hang your cables from the roof
If you can’t convince any of your friends to help out, don’t stress. Cable management techniques for virtual reality is a fairly industry wide problem faced by users. This means that it was only a matter of time before a product was released that attempts to solve this problem.
A handy product that is available for use with VR cables is a cable suspension system. It uses hooks and pulley’s attached to the roof to avoid an tangling of cables. This technique of cable management is fantastic as it allows free movement around the room without the risk of tripping over or breaking any cables.
This product does present some problems. It does put some tension on the cables attached to your head and can be quite distracting while using it. After some use, it can also lead to the twisting of the cable. Twisting the cable can lead to the fibers twisting in the casing and eventual fraying. This will eventually end in needing to replace the expensive cable for the headset after some use. While the twisting is not severe, it is unnecessary wear being placed on the cable.
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3. Go Wireless
From experience, I have that the best way to deal with cable management is to get rid of the cables all together. There is no better way of avoiding the heart ache that comes with trying to get your cable management perfect than eliminating the cables.
Luckily, in this modern age, wireless virtual reality headsets and wireless kits are becoming more and more widely available. The Oculus Quest is all about a wireless VR experience. It provides an entirely computer independent virtual reality experience that doesn’t leave you tripping over your cords.
On top of wireless VR headsets, you can also purchase wireless adapters for wired headsets such as the kit available for the HTC VIVE. This allows you to cut the chord’s (so to speak, please don’t cut them) on your headset and connect to your PC wire-free.