How to get start with Oculus Rift DK2/CV1 (Updated)

So, after months of working your butt off to save money and praying to the high heavens you can place an order, you finally got a piece of the big-time name in virtual reality: the Oculus Rift.

Now what?

Well, if you’re done ogling at it after the unpacking process that took you a good 10 minutes because you were EXTREMELY careful, then you setting it up is the next course of action. And don’t worry; the set up process is a lot easier than you might think. But just in case you really, really want to be sure that you don’t mess up anything, here’s a quick 3-step guide on how to do it, with each step going into detail:

Step-by-Step guide – How to Setup and Install Oculus Rift CV1

  1. This one’s the easiest part: Download the Oculus Setup software from the official website. It comes out at 844 MB. Needless to say, make sure that your PC has enough space. But seriously, it SHOULD have enough space, unless you downloaded tons of stuff while waiting for your Oculus Rift to arrive. Once the download is finished, it will automatically install in drive C. (Currently, there is no option to choose an install destination.)
  1. Plug in the cables. There are three cables for you to plug: an HDMI and USB 3.0 for the headset, and a USB 3.0 for the sensor. Most PCs mark USB 3.0 ports with blue detail to allow you to easily identify them. And if the name does not stress that enough, the cables only work when plugged into a 3.0 port. The HDMI cable for the headset needs to be plugged into the graphics card’s HDMI port. The Oculus Rift demands an extremely high (and pricey) graphics card, so don’t even think about plugging it into the HDMI port of your CPU’s built-in graphics card. The Oculus setup shows you if the three cables are plugged in correctly (the green ticks).
  1. Plug in the Xbox Wireless Adapter. Unlike the cables, the wireless adapter can be plugged into either a USB 2.0 port or a USB 3.0 port. Unless you also bought the Oculus Touch, you’ll be controlling most of the action in the virtual reality world with the Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller, unlike the Gear VR’s headset touchpad, so this step is equally important as plugging the cables.



And that’s it. You’re ready to go. Not that hard, eh? However, just in case you focused all your time and attention to buying an Oculus Rift as soon as possible, make sure that your PC really is capable of running with the Oculus Rift. It’s a high-powered piece of technology that requires the most high-end PC rigs. Going for the Oculus Rift’s minimum requirements isn’t even recommended if you really want to experience virtual reality in its full glory. Check out these packages if you somehow forgot to upgrade your PC first.

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Step-by-Step guide – How to Setup and Install Oculus Rift DK2

If you just bought your Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 it’s important to know how to start with VR experience.

Every user should first make account on for free so he/she could enter to Oculus downloads section, the forums, and Oculus Share. In the package you will find headset with separable cable, lenses including (A) set, and (B) set, Positional Tracker or camera with USB and Sync cable, DVI to HDMI adapter, and Power Adapter that has US, UK, AU and EU options. There is also a cloth.

In order to start successfully you should follow next steps….or just watch the video instructions at the bottom:

1. SDK and Runtime Software Installing

This step demands you to install Runtime and then run OculusVR Windows Installer. After that lately installed shortcut “Oculus Service” should be run. Further, right click on Oculus Manager, which could be found on the system tray, and pick “Oculus Configuration Utility”. Here you can adjust Match eye relief or add your profile details.

To make sure that you are located well select “Show Demo Scene”.

2. Setting the Headset

Remove the shutter that is placed on the front of the device in order to check if the wire is safely placed into the matching apertures. The door at the front side of the headset should be replaced.

It’s important not to put labels or similar objects on the front of the device. This could block the LEDs and disturb performance.

3. Connecting Headset Cable to PC

When you unfold the cable linked to the headset you will notice that there is an HDMI connector and a USB connector at the end. You should insert them both into the computer. It might happen that computer does not have an HDMI interface. In that case computer should have a DVI interface so user should use DVI to HDMI adapter to link the HDMI and the DVI port.

4. Attaching Positional Tracker Cables

First user should connect the sync and USB cables with tracker that will be used. One end of the sync wire should be placed in the right top connector on the positional tracker making sure that tracker is facing you. The other end of this cable should be plugged in the cable connector box attached to the headset cable.

One side of the positional tracker USB cable that have USB connector should be inserted in the right lower port at the positional tracker. The other end of this cable insert to one of the computer’s USB ports.

5. Connecting Positional Tracker with the Tripod or Monitor

In order to use positional tracker to follow the location of the headset in 3D space, tracker should be placed to a tripod or the top of the monitor. It can be also placed on your desk. Positional tracker lens has to be pointed to you. This device also have to be steady, because moving the positional tracker can cause displaying shaking image even if you are not moving.

There should not be any obstacles between positional tracker and the headset. If you are positioned around 1.5 meters or 5 feet from the positional tracker you will achieve optimal performance.

6. Connecting Power to the Cable Connector Box (Optional)

The USB accessory port on the headset can be powered by power adapter. In order to do that first plug the barrel connector at the power wire in the cable connector box.

Suitable country plug should be used to connect the power adapter to a source of power.

7. Turning on the Headset
The headset is turned on by default and the screen should also be on. If the headset is not on, you should check all cables whether are regularly connected. You will now that the headset is powered on and doesn’t have a video signal if the LED on the device glowing orange. When the LED turn blue the headset is obtaining video signal.

8. Fitting head straps

The head straps should be adjusted so that the device fits pleasantly.

9. Headset lenses

User will get two pairs of lenses with the headset. First, taller set marked with A, is created for commonly nearsighted or people with normal vision and it is installed in the headset. The other, shorter set marked with B is intended for highly nearsighted people.

The headset may be used while you wear glasses but you should be use lens set A, and adjust them by the side screws. Bifocals should not be used alongside the headset. Lenses and screen should be protected of scratching, and kept clean.

10. Adjusting headset
The screws on both side of the headset are used to fix the distance between your eyes and the lenses so it would be comfortable to wear. Both sides should be adjusted equally.

11. Start with the experience
Experience will begin after you launch an application. You also can manage to to search for VR content.

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