Don’t Get too Carried Away, You’ve Got Some Work to Do.

You’ve just arrived home from work to find a package at your door. Could it be? It is, the brand new Oculus Rift S that you ordered. You run inside to unbox it, it feels just like Christmas. You open the box and pull out your beautiful new headset, only to realise you have no idea how to set it up. Don’t fret, that’s exactly why we’ve made this article. In this article, we are going to go through the steps of setting up your new headset to have you playing in no time.

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What’s in the Box?

When you first open up the box, you will see the two touch controllers and the halo headset. In the box you will also find two AA batteries for the controllers as well as a 4.5m chord for the headset to PC connection. The chord has DisplayPort and USB connectors on the end and Oculus even supply a miniDisplayPort adapter for laptops.

Oculus Rift S
Setting up your PC

If this is your first time using an Oculus product, the first thing you are going to need to do is install Oculus Home. You can use this program as an application marketplace and to setup your hardware. Once you have setup the Oculus Home app, you will need to connect your headset to the computer. Make sure that you put batteries into your controllers.

To save time and heartache, the program, you will be shown to a safety video. The safety video gives you some tips on having a safe experience using the headset and avoiding injury.

Oculus Rift S Safety Video
Oculus Rift S Safety Video – Credit: Oculus

The video outlines the steps that the user should take to avoid injury such as tidying up their area. It also illustrates how the headset can outline the boundaries of you area to avoid leaving the safe place. You can re-watch this video on the Oculus Home app at any time.

Setting Your Area and Being Shown the Ropes

Once you have been through the setup, you need to set the playable area. As I mentioned earlier, you set the ‘Guardian Boundary’ to stop you leaving the safe playable area, you must also set your orientation and the floor height. You can do all of this by using the pass-through function of the headset to see your surrounding area with the camera’s on the face of the headset. The pass-through function can also be very handy if you need to have a drink or talk to someone.

Once you have done all of this, you can get into testing out your new headset. Oculus put you through the First Steps demo to get you used to the movement, then you have a go at the contact demo to really get a sense of the possibilities of VR.

During setup, it is important to take not of the IPD setting on your Rift. IPD is the distance between your pupils. This is important for VR because it is used to find the required viewing angle to create a 3D environment. The IPD setting allows you to alter the distance between the lenses to create the best display. If you don’t know what your IPD is, Zenni Optical have created a very basic method for measuring it. Once you know your IPD, you can change from the default in the settings to your custom distance.

Image Credit: Zenni Optical
Time To Play

Congratulations. You have now set up your new Oculus Rift S and can get into all kinds of fun games. Be sure to checkout the Oculus Home marketplace as well as the Steam marketplace for the latest and greatest. An important consideration to make before you get too carried away playing, pay attention to the comfort levels of each game. Oculus has rated each VR game for comfort out of three levels. This level gives you an idea as to how active you will be when playing it and while new to VR, we recommend starting on the less intense games until you become comfortable.

If you would like to figure out what to do with those pesky cables hanging from your headset, check out our post where we give you 3 tips for managing your VR cables.

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