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Setting up the Oculus Rift or Oculus Rift S

An article by Allen Brower

Before Setting Up

This guide will show you how to set up the Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers or Oculus Rift S for our software from the beginning to your first simulation. Please note that using the Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers or Rift S hardware with Interplay's software is for more advanced users and may require you to setup additional hardware and software to get up and running.
 
First of all, ensure that the computer you are using meets the minimum specifications required to run our software.
 
Minimum Specifications:
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel® i5-6600 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1060 3GB / AMD Radeon™ RX 480 equivalent or greater
 
Additionally, the Rift and Rift S require these display adapter ports:
  • Rift: HDMI
  • Rift S: Displayport or Mini Displayport
 
There are no adapters available to convert the video output from a Rift or Rift S to any other output port.
 
As well as PC specifications, we also require a minimum physical space that is clear of any physical obstructions in order to enjoy our VR simulations:
  • Minimum Room Size: 6.5ftx5ft square room space
 
Consult the packaging your computer came in for a list of technical specifications, or use the "Device Manager" included in Windows 10 to determine your system specifications. To access Device Manager, right click on the Windows button in the bottom left hand corner of your screen, and click "Device Manager". Open the "Display adapters" and "Processors" sections and compare the available devices to the system specifications above.
 
Note: The Display adapters section inside of Device Manager may contain multiple graphics cards. Your list may contain one of the brands above (Geforce or AMD) as well as Intel, and you will need to compare your system specifications to the Geforce or AMD card.
If your computer does not meet the minimum specifications, it will be incapable of running our software in VR and will require you to purchase an upgraded Windows 10 PC.
 
If you are unsure that your computer meets the minimum specifications, use the tool available here to test your PC's hardware capability: https://store.steampowered.com/app/323910/SteamVR_Performance_Test/
This tool will require you to install Steam, attempting to install the tool will guide you through account creation and Steam setup.
Open up the details section and compare your results to the ones below.
 
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If your "Average Quality" score is any lower than 6, your computer may be incapable of running our software and will require you to purchase an upgraded Windows 10 PC. A recommended PC will receive a score of 6.6 (High) or higher.
 

Setting Up Your VR Headset

If your computer meets the minimum specifications, you can now set up your Oculus Rift or Rift S. Please follow the relevant guide below to set up the appropriate headset. We highly recommend the Rift S over the Rift with Touch Controllers, as the setup process is much easier.
 
Setting up the Oculus Rift S
If you have purchased an Oculus Rift S, follow the instructions available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaS0tJapbEY
After completion, skip to the "Setting up SteamVR" section.
 
Setting up the Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers
If you have purchased the Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers, you must have three total tracking cameras in order to use our software. This third tracking camera is not included in the retail packaging for the Oculus Rift and requires a separate purchase. Using the Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers with our software requires more setup by an advanced user. If you have not purchased VR equipment, we would suggest the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift S instead of the Rift with Touch Controllers.
 
You can purchase the third tracking camera at this link: https://www.oculus.com/rift/accessories/
 
We also recommend wall mounts for standard camera screws. These are available at retailers like Amazon.
 
First, set up your Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers normally by following the instructions in this video series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiY2xYHzcus&list=PLL2xVXGs1SP5Bdvdz7qYAXlveqGteoSiX
After you have purchased the third tracking camera, use these instructions to set up your Oculus Rift for "roomscale" experiences: https://www.oculus.com/blog/oculus-roomscale-tips-for-setting-up-a-killer-vr-room/
 

Software Setup

Setting up SteamVR
Download the Steam software by going to https://store.steampowered.com/ and clicking "Install Steam" in the top-right corner. Create an account inside the software and download the SteamVR software available at: https://store.steampowered.com/app/250820/SteamVR/
 
After doing this, you will need to open the Oculus App on your desktop, and open the Settings menu. Go to the General tab and toggle "Unknown Sources" to on.
 
Next, open up the Steam app on your desktop, log in, and hit this button, located in the top right of the main Steam window:
 
 
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From here, you're ready to run our VR software!
 
Setting up the Software
After following the instructions in the link above, download the Interplay desktop app to begin simulations, the link is available here: https://www.interplaylearning.com/interplay-download-desktop-app
Navigate the Course Catalog as you would in your web browser and find a simulation you would like to run. When you see the "Launch" button inside of the thumbnail with a VR visor icon, as seen below, it means that simulation is ready for play in VR! Click that icon, put the headset on your head, and get ready to learn!
 
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