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How to Use a VR Headset on PC

 
By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Use a VR Headset on PC

The way you play games or watch movies will never be the same after you have tried virtual reality (VR) technology. As a result of advanced computer technology, the ability to live a 3D experience is at the hands of many people. This technology replicates the environment and immerses the user into a sensory experience where every smell, touch and sound will seem real. With a VR headset you are now able to play a game from the comfort of your home but like nothing you have experienced before.

In this OneHowTo article we detail how to use a VR headset on PC.

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Steps to follow:
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Before you head into the 3D world we recommend you do some research into a high quality VR headset. Unlike other headsets, VR headsets require a big initial investment so before you buy one make sure that it matches your requirements.

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We recommend the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. The Oculus Rift was the first VR headset to jumpstart this phenomenon and remains one of the best VR headsets in the market. The HTC Vive is a little pricier but its Lighthouse program that enables you to move around the house though the use of sensors has become a highly appraised feature.

How to Use a VR Headset on PC - Step 2
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Not every computer is prepared for VR technology. Both Oculus and HTC run a test on their websites to determine if your PC is compatible with VR technology.

The Oculus Rift requires:

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
  • HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 8+GB of RAM
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

The HTC Vive requires:

  • NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • 1x USB 2.0 or greater port
  • HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • 4GB+ of RAM
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer
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Before you install your VR headset and to prevent any accidents, move aside large furniture items and clear your desk from bulky objects in order to empty out the space.

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Then unpack all of your base stations. These must be placed around the room at above head height and connected to an outlet using your power cords. These base stations will sensor your movements and thus you need to make sure that they are not blocking each other’s view range. Place them above bookshelves or use additional mounting hardware.

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To connect your VR headset to your computer you will first connect the linkbox to your computer using the HDMI cable. Then connect your linkbox to your computer using the USB cable. Finally, connect your VR headset to the linkbox with the specially designed cable. If you have a pair of earbuds you can also connect them to the VR headset.

If your VR headset comes with controllers make sure you connect these to your PC using the USB cables enclosed.

How to Use a VR Headset on PC - Step 6
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The final step is to download and install the software program. You will be asked to create an account during the process in order to have access to thousands of games and other virtual reality experiences.

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