Good news, now there’s a way to optimize the virtual reality experience in your home. Thanks to a helpful infographic from HomeAdvisor, even new VR enthusiasts can set up their home for the best virtual reality experience.
You’ll need to begin by determining which headset is best for you. Choose an open place in your home where you can explore VR worlds. Find a good match for your needs and budget.
Both the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift let you experience VR in 1080p. The PS4 VR and the HTC Vive include earbuds while the Oculus Rift has audio built into the headset. All of the headsets have different weights, with the lighter headsets at steeper price points.
You’ll also need to prepare your room for VR by equipping it with sensors. With the Oculus Rift, it’s necessary to set up your height adjustment properly by standing for the configuration process. There are controls for recentering the game and resetting the camera position. Aim to point the Oculus Rift at your headset. The Oculus Rift sensor rests on a tripod stand that needs to be at your chest to head height. Make sure you place one sensor on either side of a desk with the glossy sides pointed towards you. Oculus Rift sensors need to be at least 3-6 feet away from each other.
The HTC Vive sensors should be positioned above the head of the average person at 6.5 feet. Triangulate the box-shaped sensors downwards at a 30-45 degree angle, positioning yourself in between both sensors. The HTC sensors capture your full body instead of just your head and chest, like the Oculus Rift. The sensors need to be placed in opposite corners of the room, no more than 16 feet apart. Get creative with attaching it to objects. You can use tripods, bookcases or brackets.
The PS4 VR camera attaches to the top center of your TV screen and penetrates at a depth of 4 feet and 7 inches. The PS4 VR camera need be pointed directly at yourself, leaving you a limited space to stand in. So, you’ll need to make sure you’re standing at least that close to your TV when using VR. Your sensors need to be placed at least 6 feet away from each other in opposite corners of the room. The sensors need to be at least 5 feet and 4 inches off the ground. If you place the camera on top of your TV, it will need to be at this height as well. As far as safely tucking away your cables go, it’s possible to suspend them from the ceiling using bungee cords. Alternatively, you can also use a carabiner to attach cables to your desk or belt buckle.
Setting up your VR experience in your home doesn’t have to be difficult. You’ll just need to make sure your expectations match up with the system you choose. If you plan on moving around a lot and having a fully immersive experience, consider a system with the largest operating space. Make sure you have an actual location in your home where you are free to roam without bumping into anything.