Virtual Reality is a revolution for gaming and technology enthusiasts. Although most users are far from going fully VR just yet, the virtual world is already available to anyone with the right setup in their home. Don’t let the future pass you by, when a little preparation will take you all the way to VR and beyond.
Here’s what you need to get started.
The first thing you need is a VR headset system.
There are a few on the market, depending on how much of a budget you can dedicated to your home system. The high end is the HTC Vive at $799. Next in line is the Oculus Rift at $599, while the least expensive is currently the PS 4 VR for $399. Each has additional extras that can increase the resulting end price, but all are well designed and ready to allow users full VR gaming and entertainment.
Different VR systems require basically the same setup.
Once you have picked out a VR device, it will determine the method of setting up your virtual game room area. Each type of VR headgear will have specific instructions for optimum positioning of the VR sensors. These are installed on either side of the room, generally at 90 degree points in the room and on opposite corners. Mainly the sensors must be pointing in the direction of the virtual device for proper transmission and reception. After this is done, you might need to adjust your headset, connect your audio earphones, or adjust your screen brightness. Again this is dependent on your individual choice of VR equipment.
Finally, you will need to setup your VR cables.
Make sure that you leave a clear pathway between your gaming console or PC, and run the cable to where you play your games. Don’t let your controller cables get caught up with the VR cables or catch anything in them. Because the VR headset will be attached to a cable too. This is the most cumbersome part of the setup, and there is no simplest way to keep the system cables in place. The most accepted suggestion is to utilize a ceiling bungee, so that your floor will remain cable free. Another possible solution is using a carabiner attached to the belt loops from your pants, then secure the cord to a nearby desk or piece of heavy furniture. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive have build in clips to avoid cables hitting users in the face while wearing their headsets.
That’s it folks. That’s everything needed to setup VR.
Setting your room up for virtual reality has never been easier, but being prepared makes the VR transition simpler. It’s a whole new world, so be part of it now. Virtual Reality is the future of home entertainment and a doorway to infinite worlds beyond this one.