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Oculus Rift Setup Tips and Tricks By Ivy Bruce

Have you ever dreaming of being flying over the sky with freedom, diving into the abysmal sea as to explore something unknown, or impersonating a brave warrior who is fighting with a destructive Godzilla? These sound like something that only would happen in dreams or movies though, nowadays, we have the pleasure to witness the advent of virtual reality, which to some extent makes our dreams come true. Thanks to VR headsets, we are able to step into a brand new virtual world. Among these headsets, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR enjoy great reputations, but today's leading role is just Oculus Rift. Let's now take a look at Oculus Rift about what it is, how it works and how to set it up! Part 1. What is Oculus Rift? Part 2. How Does Oculus Rift Work? Part 3. How to Set up Oculus Rift? Part 1: What is Oculus Rift? The Oculus Rift is a set of virtual reality goggle powered by Oculus VR, released on March 28, 2016, which works with laptop or computer. Rift uses state of the art displays and optics designed specifically for VR. Its high refresh rate and low-persistence display work together with its custom optics system to provide incredible visual fidelity and an immersive, wide field of view. In a way, it's making the virtual reality increasingly real, as a saying goes, seeing is believing. Unlike anything you've ever experienced, you'll feel like you're actually there in person. Rift's technology and design are as remarkable as the experiences it provides. With advanced and refined design, from the moment you put it on your head, you'll feel it customizable, comfortable, adaptable, and beautiful. Part 2: How Does Oculus Rift Work? The Rift has an OLED display with 1080×1200 resolution per eye, a 90 Hz refresh rate, and 110°field of view, which offers a 3D audio effect, rotational and positional tracking. The positional tracking system, called "Constellation", is performed by a USB stationary infrared sensor that is detecting light that is emitted by IR LEDs that are integrated into the HMD. The sensor generally sits on the user's desk that creates 3D space, allowing for the user to use the Rift while sitting, standing, or walking around the same room. Part 3: How to Set up Oculus Rift? Compatible Computer and Drivers Actually, compared to the setup of HTC Vive, it's seemingly easier to set up Oculus Rift. Before you get a knowledge of that, make sure that your computer meets the minimum requirements of the Rift at first. Check for the table below. Note that Oculus Rift performs better on a more powerful computer. Also, if you don't know how to check out the spec, you can download and run the Rift Compatible tool for Windows to find out whether your computer is compatible. Then, you need to check out computer drivers, making sure that those of graphic card are updated to the latest version. Two common ones would be Nvidia Driver or AMD Driver. You can check it out by simply clicking on the icon in the system tray. Also, if you want a smoother and richer VR experience, it's recommended that the operating system of your computer should be updated to Windows 10. Though Oculus Rift works well on Windows 7, it would have a better performance on Windows 10. What's more, some new games are being developed and will be only available on Windows 10, so you'd better have your computer updated if you're not yet updated it. Now you can go and download the Oculus setup software on your computer, but it will automatically install on C: Drive. Though Oculus is working on an update that will allow users to freely choose the destination of installment, it's not yet released. The guide is very clear and makes the installation as a piece of cake. I'm sure that people who are as clever as you are can simply handle it. Moreover, all the apps and games will be installed on C: Drive by default with no allowance for changing the destination. Therefore, a fair amount of disk storage is a must. Cables There are some further requirements: USB 3.0 ports (x2); USB 2.0 port (x1); HDMI 1.2 port (x1). The cable that runs from the headset to the PC splits into two. The USB part needs to be connected to a USB 3.0 port which is detailed in blue on most PCs. If it's black, then it's probably USB 2.0, which won't work. The second part of the cable ends in an HDMI connector. This needs to be plugged into your graphics card's HDMI port. The Oculus Rift won't work if you plug it into the HDMI port powered by the CPU's built-in graphics chip, it's simply not powerful enough to handle it. If the Headset HDMI doesn't have a green tick, it isn't working and you should try another HDMI port. Then, a monitor is in need to use with your computer and since the Rift might have taken your only HDMI port you might need to connect your PC via a different type of port. A DVI cable will be your best bet as this provides a high-quality digital signal to the monitor. You should have a DVI cable that came with your monitor, or buy it from Amazon or eBay. If you're using a TV as a monitor and it only has an HDMI input, you can buy a DVI to HDMI cable instead. The Oculus Sensor and the Xbox One Controller It seems like a microphone. Small as it is, the Oculus Sensor is of significance for virtual reality experience. It works with your headset to track and match your movement in VR. The Oculus sensor has its own stand, so you can simply put it on your desk or somewhere else. However, one point you should bear in mind is that you should clean up all the things on the way between the sensor and the one who is wearing Oculus Rift. If not, it will result in dizziness when you're immersed into virtual worlds. Now, you should attach the Xbox One Controller to your computer via the Wi-Fi attachment in the box. Plug this into any USB port on your PC (USB 2.0 will do just fine here), pop the two included AA batteries in the controller and press the big X button in the center to turn it on. Comfortable Environment You should make room for Oculus Rift with 2m x 2m clear space. Also, since you cannot see a thing as long as you wear the Oculus Rift, make sure there are no sharp-pointy items, fragile items and valuables around. For a better enjoyment, a swivel chair with wheels is the best choice. It enables you to rotate, move backward and forward when you're immersed. Since there are plenty of cables connected among computer, sensor, headsets and controller, it'd be a bit nerve-cracking. It's possible to be caught by those cables and cause the damage of the Rift and yourself. You thus need to use bulldog clips, cable ties or rubber bands to tidy them up. Make sure that cables are not dragging on the floor as well as not placed next to the wheels of the chair. Last but not least, ensure that the Oculus Remote is within the reach. Though you can do much things with the controller, you cannot use it to control the volume. Or you can get the Oculus Rift off and go find the remote. But, isn't it too annoying? So, make sure the remote is reachable around you. It's all done now! You must be eager to enjoy the breathtaking adventures in virtual reality. So, have fun! Related Articles Way to Stream and Record VR Experience How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone Things You Need to Know Before Using HTC Vive

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Which is Better: Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive By Ivy Bruce

Since virtual reality technology is coming increasingly closer to us, more and more people show their interest in this novelty. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are undoubtedly two of the biggest and most popular VR headsets. But, a same question comes across most people's mind: which one is better? If you want to buy a headset, it's undeniably right to buy the one you fancy the most. So, we aim to answer this question in this comparison review. First of all, let's check out the table below. You may notice that the specs of the two headsets are similar. If you're not a tech-savvy, it's hard to directly tell which one's better. So, let's start an in-depth comparison in terms of the design, setup, display, sound, tracking, controllers, games, computer requirements and price. Design Both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift look similar in terms of basic design, for both are fairly lightweight, black in color. Also they are both fairly comfortable to wear thanks to the soft material around the edges and features a head strap for extra support, but there are still a few notable differences too. The first is weight. Though both are lightweight, the Oculus Rift is the lighter. Oculus weigh 470g while HTC Vive 555g. Furthermore, the Rift has built-in headphones while Vive has none. Although there is a difference in weight, the head strap takes most of the weight from the front of the face and should provide a fairly comfortable viewing experience across both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The Oculus Rift not only wins in the weight, but the size. The Rift is absolutely the more refined than the fairly bulky HTC Vive. It's fairly compact and is covered in black fabric making it nice to touch, whereas the HTC Vive is more prominent and is clad in visible sensors - 37 to be precise. But, don't you think the Oculus Rift has a better looking than the Vive? Setup The setup process for both headsets is fairly direct, though the Rift's is much, much simpler than the Vive's. Download the Oculus software, plug the headset into a free USB 3.0 port and HDMI output, and plug the external sensor into another USB 3.0 port. With that done, all you have to do is go through some simple orientation steps in the software, and you'll be able to use the Rift by putting it on your head when you want to play. The setup of Vive is a bit more complicated. It uses a small Link Box that serves as a bridge between the headset and the PC. HDMI and USB connections must be made from your PC to the Link Box with the included cables, and then from the Link Box to the headset through the attached 10-foot bundled HDMI/USB cable. You also have to hook the Link Box up to power through the included wall adapter (the headset's cable also has a separate power connection for the Link Box). Only after all of that can you use the Vive. If that isn't enough, the Vive comes with two external sensors that you'll ideally mount on a wall, rather than simply set on your desk like the Rift's sensor. By the way, HTC Vive requires bigger space scaled at least 2m×1.5m while you can just sit down or stand up at the same position when using the Rift. Display Both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have two OLED displays with a total resolution of 2160 x 1200 and a 90Hz refresh rate, which is apparently 233 million pixels a second and the minimum spec to prevent you from puking everywhere. What's more, the Vive's screen ratio is 9:5, not 16:9, which means you get a taller field of view. Horizontally, both headsets offer a 110 degree field of view. Latency hasn't been a problem either. Whether you'll feel sick or not dies really depend on the game you're playing. There are not major differences between the headsets. Generally, both headsets provide sharp image quality. Sound Almost each video is paired with audio. With video and audio, what you're seeing and hearing makes the virtual reality even more real for you. The Rift has built-in on-ear headphones while the Vive has a 3.5mm headphone jack for using with either the included earphones or your favorite pair of headphones. Which is the better option is a matter of taste, but I found the Rift's headphones to be easier to use. The Vive's headphone jack adds another wire to worry about while using the headset, and actually getting a pair of headphones to sit comfortably on your head alongside the Vive can be difficult. Both headsets also include built-in microphones for voice communication and commands. Movement Tracking A big selling point for Vive is the roomscale. With the Lighthouse base stations, it can track all your movements over a 15 x 15 foot space. That means you can duck, dive and turn around in a virtual space. Oculus is able to track motions in a 5 x 5 foot space, but you can just sit down or stand up when experiencing virtual reality. The Oculus Rift is outfitted with a tracking sensor (like a microphone) and monitors your movements which is done via tracking the infrared LEDs embedded all the way round the headset so you can look behind you in VR. The HTC Vive is equipped with two laser position sensors, say, Lighthouse stations (an accelerometer and gyrosensor) and tracks your head movements with 32 LED sensors on the headset itself. The Vive features a front facing passthrough camera to allow its Chaperone software to work. This allows you to see a fuzzy, blue outline of objects in front of you and people in the same room, while you're in VR, at the touch of a button. It's helpful in keeping you from bumping into walls (more on that in a second). If you want to enjoy VR, sitting and standing still cannot be counted as enjoyable experiences. The Vive is much better in this point than the Rift. However, if you lack of space, the Rift maybe a good choice. Controllers The Oculus Rift is bundle with an Xbox One controller while the HTC Vive two handheld controllers. The Xbox One controller seems much like a gamepad. Though Oculus Touch would offer a better experience, it's not yet released. The two (also wireless) Vive controllers are big and a bit unwieldy, so users need to take time to get used to these big gadgets. The controllers come with haptic feedback, dual stage trigger buttons and circular, pressure sensitive touchpads. Controller The difference between the Xbox One controller and Vive controllers is drastic. Though you're not using your hands in VR with either piece of plastic, Vive still lets you reach out and move your arms around as if your hands are doing all the work. Having two controllers also provides the deeper sense of immersion. Games This part is probably the one you guys care the most, so let's get down to it now. The Oculus Rift had 30 games available at launch while the HTC Vive had 20 more, totaling 50. However, the Oculus Rift has more exclusives than the HTC Vive, including Lucky's Tale and EVE: Valkyrie (for now anyway) so if you want to be able to brag about playing a game only a portion of VR players can play, the Oculus looks to be the better choice. However, there have been more and more updates pushed via Steam recently that enable HTC Vive support, including the likes of Project CARS, offering Vive users a VR-ready driving simulator. Oculus may have more exclusives but HTC Vive games are arguably better quality due to the fact that you can walk around and use the Vive controllers while with the Rift you're pretty limited in terms of what you can do. We'd advise you to take a look at the Steam VR listings page as there is where you'll find a complete list of VR-ready games, and will also tell you if they're compatible with the Rift, Vive or both. PC Spec Requirements Despite the high cost of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the real hidden cost is in the computer hardware that's required to power those graphically intense VR-enabled games. Both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift require a pretty beefy GPU, with either an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 as a minimum. To give you some idea about the price, the GTX 970 costs around £340. It doesn't stop there either, as the Oculus Rift also demands an Intel Core i5 4590 processor (around £170) or better, and at least 8GB of RAM. The HTC Vive isn't as demanding in this area, asking for an Intel Core i5 4590 or AMD FX 8350 or greater but only a minimum of 4GB of RAM. It's also worth noting that the Oculus Rift requires an HDMI 1.3 port or better, as well as two USB 3.0 ports. The HTC Vive, on the other hand, requires either an HDMI 1.4 port or better, or a DisplayPort 1.2 or better, along with a single USB 2.0 port. We'd recommend taking a long hard look at your existing PC setup and decide which is better for you, as you're already splashing out a minimum of £500 for the headset without any PC upgrades. Price You clearly want a virtual reality future, but you know it comes at a cost. Owning a VR headset may be the ultimate fantasy for some people until a price drop happens. HTC Vive is especially expensive, with the price set at $799 (£689, AU$899). That's how much it costs before shipping and without a PC. Oculus Rift is pricey, too, but a little more reasonable. It costs $599 (£400, AU$839), and again that's without the shipping charge and a PC to go along with it. The Vive adds motion controls and whole-room VR for the extra $200, but out of the box the Rift is simply less expensive. That will change later this year when Oculus releases the Oculus Touch motion controllers. Availability and pricing for the controllers hasn't been announced, but adding them to the Rift (in order to get the same motion control features as the Vive) will likely bump up the price significantly. Until then, though, the Rift is the less expensive headset. Which one is better is totally a matter of taste, and I don't want to judge that. After you finish reading the whole article, I am pretty sure that you've got an idea in your mind. So, which one occurs in your mind at first is the one that probably suits you more. However, I've seen a comment these days, and it keeps lingering in my mind. That comment tells the truth that the one you can afford it is the one that suits you the most. Related Articles 10 Useful Tips to Experience HTC Vive Well How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone Way to Stream and Record VR Experience

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Comparison Among Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Sony PS VR By Ivy Bruce

With the release of the Sony PlayStation VR, three anticipated virtual reality headsets, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Sony PS VR, have all been brought to us. Virtual reality experience is attracting people around the world to pay for those high-end tech products. But, it's somehow driving us crazy when it comes to decide on which one to purchase. So, before making your choice, let's check out the difference among these attention-grabbing novelties. Part 1. Which One Enjoys a Higher Configuration? Part 2. Required Compatible Device Part 3. Which One Boasts Better Games? Part 4. Which One is At a Lower Price? Part 1: Which One Enjoys a Higher Configuration? Sony PlayStation VR is outfitted with a 5.7-inch OLED display with 960x1080 resolution per eye. The latency is 18ms. PS VR has a maximum 120Hz refresh rate and minimum90Hz. Also, it enables 360-degree positional tracking with nine LEDs around. It offers a 110-degree field of view and supports the motion-enabled Dual Shock 4 as well as PS Move controller. PS VR's size is 187x185x277mm at the weight of 610g. It is bundled with a stereophone supporting 3D audio and has HDMI port and an AUX cord. However, it needs a PS4 camera at extra charge to track movements. Oculus Rift has two OLED displays with a total resolution of 2160 x 1200 and a 90Hz refresh rate, providing a 110 degrees field of view. It has its exclusive headphone which enables 3D audio. Apart from these, Oculus Company is developing Oculus Touch that works with the Rift. The Rift applies to optical tracking technology, using a tracking sensor to detect the movements via tracking the infrared LEDs embedded all the way round the headset. HTC Vive also has two OLED displays with 2160 x 1200 resolution. It has a 90Hz refresh rate and enjoys a 110 degrees field of view. It's equipped with an accelerometer, a gyrosensor and laser positioning sensor so that it can precisely track the movements that you're doing. The Vive also has an extra front camera, which enables to show the outline of objects in real world without taking the headset off. It works with Chaperone technology, making users get rid of objects nearby when they're walking around. Part 2: Required Compatible Devices PS VR: It requires a PS4 console. Minimum PC Specs for Oculus Rift: Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD 290 equivalent or greater CPU (Central Processing Unit): Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater Memory: 8GB RAM or more Video port: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output USB port: 2x USB 3.0 ports OS (Operating System): Windows 7 SP1 or newer Minimum PC Specs for HTC Vive: Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better CPU (Central Processing Unit): Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 or greater Memory: 4GM RAM or more Video port: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, or better USB port: 1x USB 2.0 or faster port OS (Operating System): Windows 7 SP1 or newer Part 3: Which One Boasts Better Games? Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony's Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., has claimed that over 200 developers are dedicated to creating virtual reality games for PlayStation VR. There are 65 VR games that will be lined up in PS VR, of which there are many renowned ones. Games like Dynasty Warriors 7, Final Fantasy XIV, Summer Class, and Kitchen are landing on PS VR. Shuhei Yoshida also stated that GT Sport and Tekken 7 are also coming soon. In terms of the game pricing, Sony claims that it will be scaled from $10 to $60. Oculus Rift has 30 games available at launch, with two original VR games, respectively Lucky's Tale and Eve: Valkyrie. Moreover, there are two exclusive games, The Climb and Edge of Nowhere. It's said that Mojang is developing VR version of Minecraft for Oculus Rift. HTC Vive boasts 20 more games than the Rift, totaling 50. Before HTC Vive was open to booking, HTC held a small-scaled exhibition in which 12 VR games has been showed to all, Space Pirate Trainer, Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives, Arizona Sunshine, Final Approach, Audioshiel, Elite: Dagerous, Budget Cuts, The Gallery:Call of Starseed, Fantastic Contraption, Cloudlands: VR Minigolf, Hover Junkers, Tilt Brush. You can also go to this site to check out what games are already available in Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or PlayStation VR. Part 4: Which One is At a Lower Price? When it comes to buy one of them, pricing must be of great concern. Now, let's take a look. PlayStation VR: $399 Oculus Rift: $599 HTC Vive: $799 It seems that the pricing of PS VR is fairly lower than the other two. However, why? Because you need to pay for PlayStation Camera and PlayStaion Move at extra charge. With the price of PS Camera set at $60 and PS Move at $30, the total expense for the whole set of PlayStation is $489. It nevertheless is less pricey than others. As opposed to PS VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have no accessories at extra charge. The whole set of Oculus Rift includes a Xbox One controller, an Oculus remote, an Oculus sensor, a microphone and a headset. With the Oculus Touch coming soon this year, the pricing may have a bit increase. The whole set of HTC Vive includes two wireless controllers, two base stations, a link box and a headset. Given that both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift require a high-performance computer to work with, which would at least cost around $900, PlayStation just needs a PS4 console set at $350. It seems that PS VR has the upper hand. However, it's totally up to you. Consider carefully and make the desirable choice. Related Articles How to Set Up HTC Vive A Comprehensive Review on Samsung Gear VR How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone

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Things You Need to Know Before Using HTC Vive By Ivy Bruce

Since virtual reality is sweeping across the world, HTC Vive, as a high-end VR device, has already boasts countless fans. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headset are currently ready to dispatch to buyers, but it may not be a piece of cake experiencing virtual reality. There are things that can help you out if you're ready to try HTC Vive. Don't just wait. Check them out. 1. A high-performance PC Having HTC Vive is of course the must in the very first place. Meanwhile, a high-performance computer is also indispensable, which can assure you of the fluent experience on virtual world. Make sure that your computer meets the minimum specs: Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better CPU(Central Processing Unit): Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 or greater Memory: 4GM RAM or more Video port: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, or better USB port: 1 USB 2.0 or faster port OS(Operating System): Windows 7 SP1 or newer 2. The Latest Diver Version If you're a senior player, I believe you keep the drivers updated as long as it needs to be updated. However, if you are just an amateur player, you should always ensure that the latest version of the drivers has been updated on your PC. Since AMD and Nvidia have already released the latest update for the VR-related drivers, you ought to check out whether you've yet updated the drivers. 3. Items in Packing Box There are lots of items containing in the HTC Vive packing box. Now, let's take a look at those items, and make sure that you don't miss one of them. Headset with attached 3-in-1 tether and audio cord ×1 Link Box ×1 USB Cable ×1 HDMI Cable ×1 AC Adapter ×1 Controllers ×2 Micro-USB Cables ×2 AC Adapters ×2 Base Stations ×2 AC Adapters ×2 Sync Cable (optional)×2 Note that if you have no idea of how to set up HTC Vive, check out here. 4. Keep Controllers Fully Charged Although HTC Vive Controllers are still available to be used for a while after you receive them, you'd better fully charge the controllers before you immerse in virtual world. I guess you definitely don't wish to find your "hands" useless when you are in the mood. 5. Download Software of HTC Vive Enter HTC Vive Setup site and you are able to download software for your HTC Vive, which will prepares your computer for opening the gate towards virtual reality. You can install various Steam VR programs and follow the instruction to finish the installation without a hitch. 6. Customize Playing Space You can have better VR experience within larger room, so you need to pick a room with some free space scaled at least 2m×1.5m (or 6.5 ft.× 5 ft.). The maximum distance supported between base stations is 5m (or 16 ft). It is all right even if you fail to meet the minimum requirements for HTC Vive. You can still enjoy some VR games though it would be a bit less satisfying. 7. Clean up Items Nearby Make sure there are no valuables or fragile items around you when you're enjoying virtual reality. When you're wielding your sword to bring down a goblin, ensure that it's not in fact a vase you're attacking. Either your floor or ceiling should be cleared and unobstructed. 8. Have Enough Sockets As is possibly known to you in advance, HTC Vive needs many sockets to run it up. Therefore, you should accordingly prepare enough sockets and make sure there are sockets available within the playing space. 9. Install Lighthouse Base Stations You need to find a place where is suitable for placing the two base stations (Top of the bookshelves are recommended). Note that the two base stations should be able to cover most area at room. Also, hindrances on the way between two stations are not allowed, or you otherwise need to use sync cables to connect both stations. After plugging in the power, switch on and the light glows green, which means that the stations are going well. 10. Connect Headset with PC HTC Vive needs a USB 3.0 port to connect PC and link box for data output. For video port, you can choose HDMI or mini-DisplayPort. Both are okay. Also, there is one point you should bear in mind, that is to say, all the cables that connect computer and link box are in the same color as that of the case of link box. When done linking USB and HDMI, plug in 12V power cable and we're done with all computer things. 11. Download Interesting Games It is almost done when you finish all the steps above, so now you need to download some VR games that you fancy. Users who purchased in advance will get 3 VR applications for free, of which respectively they are Fantastic Contraption, Tilt Brush and Job Simulator. If you are not satisfied with these, get yourself more games. You can install Steam on computer, and it will automatically prompt you to install Steam VR. After the installation, you can see a "VR" icon on the upper right side of the interface. Tap on it and enter a brand new world. Now, put on your Vive headset and hold your controllers. You are ready for the adventures on the wonderland! What's more, there are ten tips for you to improve VR experience. What are you waiting for? Take your outfit and set off! Related Articles How Much Do You Know About VR How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone How to Set Up HTC Vive

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Way to Stream and Record VR Experience By Ivy Bruce

It happens that we find something interesting when immersing into a virtual world, then we'd like to share friends or families with this awesome discovery. However, we end up not knowing how to share VR experiences with others. Thus, I'd like to share you how to stream and record VR experiences today. It is in fact not as that hard as I once though. Scroll down and check it out. Part 1. How to Stream VR Experience from Phone to TV? Part 2. What to Do When It Fails to Stream? Part 3. How to Record Virtual Reality Experience? Part 1: How to Stream VR Experience from Phone to TV? Do you want others to enjoy what you've been through in virtual reality? Try connect your Samsung Gear VR to a TV using Google Chromecast. The Chromecast is a puck-like portable device, providing users with a simple way to cast their favorite content from computer/phone to the big screen of television in the living room. Using apps on your phone/computer to hand off, or cast content to the Chromecast. Then, the information it receives will be displayed right on the TV screen. You can share any content with friends and family members. Now, let's see how to use it to stream VR experience. 1. Plug Chromecast into your TV 2. Connect your Samsung device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast. 3. Run the Chromecast app on your Samsung device. 4. Tap on the menu and go to "Cast Screen", and wait until it connects. 5. Open the Oculus app on your phone 6. Plug your Samsung phone into the Samsung Gear VR That's all it takes. However, sometimes things don't go so smoothly. There may be some trouble connecting, so you may try the following solution if it really takes place. Part 2: What to Do When It Fails to Stream? 1. Open the "Settings" app on your Samsung phone. 2. Navigate to "About" option. 3. Tap on 5 times on the "Build Number" to unlock the developer options. 4. Return to the previous menu. 5. Click on "developers options". 6. Select "Simulate Secondary Displays" 7. Choose 720 x 480 mdpi(secure). Then, a small window will be activate. Now, you will be able to stream to Chromecast. You can turn off "developer dptions" when done streaming to TV. Part 3: How to Record Virtual Reality Experience? For recording your virtual reality experiences with Samsung Gear VR, there are three things that are needed: 1. A HDMI Splitter 2. A HDMI Capture Card 3. Google Chromecast High Quality Solution: 1. Split the HDMI into 2 outputs using the HDMI splitter. 2. Plug one HDMI output into your TV. 3. Plug another HDMI output into your HDMI capture card. 4. Perform the Chromecast menu and go to "Cast Screen" 5. Start recording on your HDMI capture device. This solution can keep high quality of the things you want to record, and of course it takes more time to finish recording. Alternatively, there is another way to record your virtual reality experience in lower quality but at high rate. By the way, you will need a computer rather than a TV. Check it out. Low Quality Solution: 1. Ensure that both Samsung phone and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi. 2. Download MirrorOp on your phone and computer. 3. Run MirroOp and Screenflow(Mac)/Camtasia(Win) on your computer. 4. Start your Samsung Gear VR and get recorded. Stream or record, you can choose one way that you prefer to share your VR experiences. Though if I were you, streaming must be my only choice. If it only needs one hardware to address the problem, why would I choose to make it three? I would rather spend the rest of the money purchasing more awesome VR games. However, it's totally up to you. Related Articles How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone How Much Do You Know About VR How to Set Up HTC Vive

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A Comprehensive Review on Samsung Gear VR By Ivy Bruce

Speaking of Virtual Reality Headset, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, one of both may probably be the first one that comes across your mind. There is no doubt that the two are the leading ones among VR Headsets. Also, somebody may think of Google Cardboard, which is suitable for the beginner of VR. However, whether you've heard of Samsung Gear VR before, it's the one that I tend to introduce and recommend to you this day. It's awesome! Part 1. What is Samsung Gear VR? Part 2. The Significance of Samsung Gear VR Part 3. How Does Samsung Gear VR Work? Part 4. The Advantages of Samsung Gear VR Part 5. The Disadvantages of Samsung Gear VR Part 1: What is Samsung Gear VR? Oculus Rift and HTC Vive cost a lot, though they are really cool and worthwhile. Moreover, Google Cardboard is really cheap compared to the former two, but it's a bit simple if you want further experiences on virtual reality. So, what do we choose? Here comes the Samsung Gear VR. The accessory built by Samsung with help from VR pioneer Oculus, which costs $99 in the US and £80 in the UK. In Australia you can pick up the Gear VR for AU$159. Samsung Gear VR turns Samsung's latest Galaxy smartphones into a full-on mobile virtual reality headset. It works seamlessly Compatible with Galaxy S7/S7 edge, Note5, S6, and S6 edge. The affordable, high-quality Gear VR headset is the only accessory you'll need for your Galaxy smartphone - instantly access immersive gaming, movies, series, and apps. Part 2: The Significance of Samsung Gear VR Oculus Rift and HTC Vive require a high-performance computer to immerse into virtual world, which to some extend are tethered you to a PC. However, Samsung Gear VR transforms your Samsung phone into a mobile VR device. All you need to do is plug in your phone and you're able to take over the world and beyond. Though you'll look silly with a headset and smartphone strapped to your face, you can be free from cables all over the floor as opposed to Oculus Rift and the Vive. Meanwhile, Gear VR is more portable and easier to set up. Samsung and Oculus coordinate with one another and show all of us the best side of the virtual reality technology. Part 3: How Does Samsung Gear VR Work? When you unpack the box, there wasn't much else to find inside the box. Within a thin cardboard, you can find a Gear VR headset, a couple of straps, a bag and an instruction manual. That is much less than items in HTC Vive's packing box. Samsung Gear VR, to be honest, looks ike a big plastic goggle, but varies from the ordinal earphones. There are two huge camera lenses in front and a couple of button on the top and flanks. It looks much like eyes of an owl, and you looks even sillier if you put this on your head. Gear VR headset has a built-in Oculus Tracker, Touchpad, Volume Key, and Back key. That means users are able to manipulate the headset even without the support of controller. On the top of the Gear VR, there is a tiny Focus adjustment wheel, which enables users to draw the phone screen forward or backward as to regulate to the best position. I personally think this wheel is much more convenient than that of Oculus Rift. With the help of an onboard motion sensor, the screen and application will automatically perform when it detects that users is wearing the headset, and vice versa. Plug Samsung phone in the headset and connect phone to Gear VR via micro USB, so Touchpad, Back Key and Volume Key can work. It cannot be easier to manipulate Gear VR. All you need to do is to put the phone in the headset, and then wear it. That's all it takes. Though the operations are simple. The actual problem is that if it's used for the first time, you will be prompted to download and install plenty of things for applications and the updates. I spent almost an hour to finish all these. Thanks to the pre-installed photos and videos, it may otherwise take another one hour. When done all the installations, you will enter Oculus Home interface, which is basically a suspended panel. It enables users to switch from applications, tap and view contents. Such simple operations provide an easy and direct way instead of burdensome controllers. If there's a new notifications, a "Card" will pop up and fade soon. Simple pressing the Back Key is able to check it out. From where I stand, I think Gear VR still has a way to go catch up with those PC-connected in view of game playing. And thus, it is better at viewing photos and videos to some extent. Gear VR offers great VR experience in terms of photo&video-viewing and small games-playing. Users may be willing to spend tens of minutes on these while a couple of hours may wear out their interest. From this point of view, Gear VR perhaps is not truly a virtual reality device. There are many pre-installed apps, of which Oculus Cinema is the one I like the most. It offers four Cinema Modes: Home Theater, Cinema Theater, Dark Space and Moon Threat. In fact, whichever mode you choose, nothing will change but the surrounding of the movie screen. There are currently four modes available, but it's undeniable that there will be more coming out. Gear VR is not supported steaming media right now, let alone apps like Netflix. It sounds nice and easy that users can download anything they want, however, it's in fact really difficult and cumbersome. It is reported that someone got sick after wearing Oculus Rift for fifteen minutes. Honestly, except the point it making me extraordinarily silly, I've worn Gear VR for one hour and still feel nothing at all. According to experts, it's the blurred motion that makes people sick. The one who wears the Rift will feel uncomfortable when spinning around too quickly. However, the problem may not bother Gear VR users, for Gear VR has a high definition screen and excellent software. Part 4: The Advantages of Samsung Gear VR Honestly, Gear VR looks really cool. It makes me feel thrilled as long as the idea comes across my mind that there is a VR headset at my room. What's more, Gear VR has a favorable design of simplicity, displaying VR tech right to users in a simple and direct way. Last but not lease, there are Touchpad and buttons, and you can even use Samsung Gear VR without any controller. Isn't it awesome! Part 5: The Disadvantages of Samsung Gear VR Power consumption must be the biggest bother for Gear VR. It depletes a lot, and you cannot charge it while having a phone on it, because there is barely one USB port. The only choice is whether to charge or to play. Aside of this problem, even you don't have to charge Gear VR. What if your Samsung phone is running out of power? If you happen to own several Samsung phones, just ignore what I said. Though it feels not too bad wearing Gear VR for a couple of hours, the weight will set the mark on your nose. Moreover, it's a bit expensive, for it has no controllers, so I personally think it is more worthy of about 100 dollars. If you really want to have a try on virtual reality, Gear VR would be a good choice. It costs less than those high-end headset while having better virtual experiences than Google Cardboard. Related Articles How Much Do You Know About VR How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone How to Set Up HTC Vive

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How to Make Use of Samsung Gear VR By Ivy Bruce

If you bought Samsung Gear VR or know somebody who has one. This post must be helpful to you. We are going to show you how to get it started. If you're interested, check it out! Part 1. Create an Oculus Account Part 2. Access Oculus Interface Part 3. Watch VR Movies Part 4. Play VR Games Part 5. Gear VR Accessories Part 1: Create an Oculus Account An Oculus account is a must for opening the gate of the virtual world. Therefore, you need to create one. The registration is the same as that of most process in creating an account. You'll need to fill in a Username, Password and Email address, along with some personal information like Country, Birthday, and more. However, it's really refreshing when it comes to create an Oculus account, because the design screen is so considerate. Each part of required information gets a separate screen, which is so clear and easy to fill in, other than a large registration form as other sites offer you. After done registration, your email will receive a verification email soon. Activating your account brings you to the final part of registration, you are able to add a payment method. After entering your credit card info, you're ready to start the VR experience. You will then be automatically transported to the Oculus app store, and take a peek at the store. Note that you can actually skip adding a credit card. But, price differences are used as a proxy for differences in quality. If you want to have a better virtual experience, charge must be inevitable. Part 2: Access Oculus Interface It is really hard to get used to the Oculus interface. There is a full 360 degrees of immersive virtual background when you're hanging around in the home page, so you can see surroundings within apps by turning your head. There are also some bells and whistles that make the navigation easier. If you keep staring at an app or experience, that one will be prompted with a pop-up that it's selected. If you want to move between screens, try to press the Touchpad on the right side of the Gear VR. Also, if you want to go back to the previous screens, swipe the Back Key on your headset, which functions as the name shows. Also, Settings menu can be enabled via pressing and holding the Back Key for a while. You can make some changes or enable a particular feature here: use the Passthrough camera, reorient the Gear VR, activate "Do Not Disturb" mode, and adjust the brightness. Passthrough camera: It uses the rear camera on your Samsung phone to view the room. Though you're immersing into virtual world, you're still in fact at your own room. Thus, be careful when walking around. Reorient the Gear VR: This option allows you to adjust things around you and make them more comfortable for you. "Do Not Disturb" Mode: I like that one, because it can disable the pop-ups of notifications and updates which is really disturbing when we're having a fantastic experience. Adjust the brightness: It works as the name might suggest, which can turn the bright up or down. Sight, Touchpad and Back key, all these features will help you navigate more easily when using Gear VR. Unfortunately, one thing that you ought to know is that there is no search option in the Oculus store, which means that you'd have to scroll down and find the specific app manually. Part 3: Watch VR Movies It must be such a breathtaking experience to watch VR movies, though it is not yet a full 3D experience. We do believe that it's coming soon. Currently, Netflix app is the most convenient method to watch VR television or movies. Simple download the app from Oculus store for free, then select and view the show or films that interest you. Also, Gear VR has a built-in cinema, which has four modes to choose: Home Theater, Cinema Theater, Dark Space and Moon Theater. Though it changes nothing but the surroundings around the movie screen, you can still give it a shot. If you're new to VR world, you may find yourself exhausted in the end of a movie. When you're getting used to it, it will be fantastic to watch VR TV shows or movies. With the headset on and earbuds in, you will enjoy a refreshing experience so that you'd forget the world that it used to be. Part 4: Play VR Games VR games must be the major reason why people across the world want to own a VR headset. People like to watch thrilling VR stuff, however, it's believed that people prefer to take part in the virtual world in person. Bringing down a monster. Fighting for glory. Being the king of the world. That's what we originally intended to do. They are plenty of games in various genres available on Oculus store. Some are for free while some for sale. Some require a controller while some don't. But, if you want to enjoy yourself to the full, you'd better get yourself one. Open the Oculus store, scroll down and you will see many games float by, of which there are quite a few free ones and paid ones. Each game has an infro page, same as you'd find on any app in Google Play or App Store. You may need to scan the information as to check out whether this game needs a controller or not. If you find it inconvenient, you may also download the game app. Most games will prompt you whether it needs a controller or not before you load the down. If you have already bought a controller, what you need to concern about is perhaps the price. If you plan to buy one, you'll want a Bluetooth model, for instance, Samsung Gamepad. However, you may find wielding a control in virtual games a bit weird at first, for you cannot look at the controller when in immersion. Also, if you're reluctant to pay for some games, you may try demos first. Most games provide users with demos so that you can take a shot before buying it. Part 5: Gear VR Accessories Speaking of accessories for Gear VR, there isn't much available right now. There are nevertheless at least two accessories you should know about, or own. Headphones or earbubs, and a Bluetooth controller, which for certain will enhance the immersive experience. Here we recommend you Samsung Gear Circle and Samsung Gamepad. Samsung Gear Circle provides seamless quality, better yet, it transmit signal via Bluetooth so that you don't have to worry about being messed up with cables. Moreover, having a controller is of importance to some extent. If you aspire to virtual games, a good controller is a must. Samsung Gamepad is born for it. Given that it is named with Samsung as same as Gear VR is, it won't disappoint us. So, give it a try! Since the gate of virtual world is welcoming you, let's go for the exciting adventures. If you're in the state of considering to get one, you can check out a comprehensive review on Samsung Gear VR at first, and then make your choice. If you're having one, you may need to know what you should prepare before get the party started! And, enjoy it! Related Articles How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone How Much Do You Know About VR 10 Useful Tips to Experience HTC Vive Well How to Set Up HTC Vive

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Preparations You Should Do for Samsung Gear VR By Ivy Bruce

Lucky for your owning a Gear VR. In order to have the best virtual reality experiences, you need to do some preparations before you go for ventures. Make sure that you've properly set up your Samsung phone and Gear VR headset. Part 1. Sign up an Oculus Account Part 2. Enable Wi-Fi Network Part 3. Close Background Applications Part 4. Create a Comfortable Environment Part 5. Clean Gear VR Regularly Part 6. Optimize Image Quality Part 1: Sign up an Oculus Account If you want to set off to different virtual worlds, you have to access Oculus store. Above all, you thus need to register an Oculus Account. Creating an Oculus account won't even take you a minute. As long as you plug your Samsung phone into the Gear VR for the first time, the program will automatically install on your phone. See how: "Create Account" > Enter email address > Create Oculus ID > Create a password > Select country > Enter the date of birth. After done registration, you will receive a verification email soon, and it's all done. All the steps are divided into separate screens. That's clear and easy to follow. After that, you are now free to log in your account and download VR apps to start your full VR experience. Part 2: Enable Wi-Fi Network Nowadays, a place without Wi-Fi network will be an unimaginable nightmare for modern people, let alone those modern novelties. Whenever you want to immerse into virtual reality, make sure that that your phone is connected to a fast Wi-Fi network. If you don't care about using your mobile data, just ignore what I said. Some applications don't work without a Wi-Fi network connected. Moreover, you don't allow to enable Wi-Fi while wearing Samsung Gear VR, so don't be bothered by unnecessary snags. Part 3: Close Background Applications Apps will take up operating storage and decrease the rate. If you want a smooth virtual reality experience, it's necessary to close all the applications running on the background. Part 4: Create a Comfortable Environment Since you cannot see a thing in real world when Gear VR is on, it's of importance to have a safe and clean space. If you want, you can make it even more comfortable. 1. Clear all the things on the floor or overhead. 2. Remove the sharp-pointed objects (Chair, desk, cardboard, etc.). 3. Move fragile items (Vase, glass, etc.) and valuables (computer, watch, bracelet, etc.) to another room. 4. Prepare a swivel chair, which allows you to turn freely while in virtual reality. Part 5: Clean Gear VR Regularly Clarity is an essential factor that affects the VR experience. Even a tiny piece of dust on the lens will make it uncomfortable, so keep your headset and phone as clean as possible. You can use a microfiber cloth to clean the phone's screen, and use a canister of compressed air to blow out any particles that might stuck on the headset's lenses. Furthermore, it's necessary to clean your device regularly, which is also conducive to prolonging the life span of the Gear VR. Part 6: Optimize Image Quality 1.Adjust the focus depending on your eye sight. There is a wheel at the top of the Gear VR. For the best vision experience, you need to scroll the wheel and regulate the distance until it's desirable to you. 2.Speaking of a clearer visual experience, it results in blurred vision if you wear the headset downward. When you're adjusting the distance between eyes, try to wear the headset more upward. If it shows more clearly, you should accordingly regulate your head straps. Before you entering the virtual reality, you should make sure that you have well preparations in order to enjoy the best VR experience. Also, you can make full use of Samsung Gear VR to improve the experiences. It is moreover possible to share virtual experiences with friends. Have fun! Related Articles How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone How Much Do You Know About VR How to Set Up HTC Vive

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How Much Do You Know About VR By Ivy Bruce

How much do you know about VR? Actually, it sounds much like some scenarios from a fiction or a breathtaking game when it comes to Virtual Reality (VR) technology. Once you're using a VR device, what displays in front of you will be a totally different place, which could be a bloody battlefield, or a spacious prairie, or somewhere else. Thrilling, right? Scroll down to learn more about VR. Part 1. What is VR? Part 2. How does VR work? Part 1: What is VR? Virtual Reality (VR) basically means "near-reality". It creates a simulated environment by using computer technology, which immerses users into a virtual circumstance. As for traditional interfaces, users can only have the experience by watching a screen in front. However, Virtual Reality (VR) takes users into 3D worlds in which they are immersed and able to interact with virtual things. Part 2: How does VR work? People may wonder how exactly VR works? This wearable technology enables you to wield sword and bring down a beast in front of you while you are in fact at your own home. How could it even be possible? But it is really becoming part of our life in the future. Oculus, Sony, Samsung and Google are all using wearable headsets to realize VR technology, which requires three things: 1. A PC, console or smartphone, which can run the app or game of virtual reality. 2. A headset or a phone screen, which is able to display things in front of eyes. 3. Some kind of input, including head tracking, controllers, hand tracking, voice, on-device buttons or trackpads. Total immersion is what VR headsets manufactures and game/App developers are looking forward to. Once realized, it would make people confusing which world is a reality and even won't notice that they are wearing something. A virtual world will be as real as an actual world. So, how can we realize that? Basic Technology VR headsets like Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR are often referred to as HMDs (Helmet-Mounted Displays), which means when you're holding up Google Cardboard, your smartphone's screen is able to create a half-immersed experience for you even without audio or head tracking. Insisting on developing and optimizing hardware dedicates to create a 3D virtual environment without the boundaries which can usually be viewed on TV or computer screen. Wherever you go, the screen mounted to your face follows you. This is different from AR which overlays graphics onto your view of the real world. Some videos are transmitted from the console or computer to the headset by a HDMI cable in headsets like HTC's Vive and the Rift. However, Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR directly display videos on the screen and users only need a headset to view them. VR headsets transmit signals to one display or two LCD displays, but there are still lenses placed between your eyes and the pixels. That's why these headsets are usually called goggles. In some cases, you can adjust the goggles to match the distance of two lenses which varies from person to person. These lenses focus and reshape the image for each eye and simulate 3D image by adjusting the angle of 2D images. You can quickly get the idea by closing one eye then the other to perceive objects. To widen the field of the sight is another way to enhance immersion. Also, in order to create more convincing images, it need a minimum frame rate of about 60 frames per second, which can get rid of stuttering or sickness. For these two, most high-end headsets have already met the requirements. Head Tracking Head tracking means when you are wearing a headset, what displays to you can be accordingly changed with the movements of your head. A system named 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) formulates your head's movements as x, y and z axis so as to measure when your head is forward and backward, side to side and so on. There are some different in-put accessories applied in a head-tracking system, such as a gyroscope, accelerometer and a magnetometer. Sony's OSVR as well uses nine LEDs around its helmet and an external PS4 monitoring camera to realize 360 degree head tracking. It requires low latency to achieve effective head-tracking - 50ms or less - which makes the lag unperceivable when we're moving. The Oculus Rift has an impressively minimized lag of just 30 ms. Minimizing the latency is of significance to any in-put motion tracking device. Headphones can also increase immersion experience. Binaural or 3D audio can be applied to apps and games and along with head tracking technology, giving the wearer the sense that it is as real as in a real world. Motion Tracking Head tracking is still a big advantage of those not-yet-released premium headsets compared to headsets like Cardboard. However, the big VR players are still dedicated themselves to developing motion tracking. You must be interested what does your hands look like in a virtual world. We have already seen some accessories of Leap Motion - using infrared ray to monitor and track hand movements - strapped to the front of Oculus dev kits. But now we only have some existing in-put devices from Oculus, Valve and Sony. Oculus touch is a set of wireless controllers with the design purpose of making users wield it in virtual environment as same as using their own hands. There is a matrix of sensors on each controller to detect gestures such as pointing and waving. For instance, you can pull the trigger to shoot a gun in a VR games. It's really similar to Valve's Lighthouse positional tracking system and HTC's controllers for its Vive headset. There are two base stations at room covering with lasers. It positions your head and hand when they interact with the photocell sensor via the headset and handheld controller. Similar to Oculus Touch, it has a few featured physical buttons as well. More amazingly, you can have two Lighthouse systems in the same space to track multiple users. Eye Tracking Eye tracking technology has not yet used on latest VR headsets such as Rift, Vive or PSVR, but it is possible to show up in FOVE's very promising VR headset. So, how it works? FOVE is able to know where in virtual reality you're looking at via an in-put infrared sensor inside the headset. Except for letting in-game characters know which way you're looking at and make interactions, it brings another advantage that enhances the authenticity of the scene. In standard VR headsets, everything you view is in pin-sharp focus, which is not how we get used to seeing in daily life. For example, the foreground blurs if we look at an object in the distance. FOVE's graphic engine enables to simulate this experience in VR 3D space. Sometimes blur is not a bad thing. Without eye tracking, it remains the same as you look at an object nearby or remotely. Meanwhile, simulating sickness is necessary to some extent. Otherwise VR fails to give you the sense of being in a real space. Finally, a display screen of high definition is needed to avoid granular sensation. After finishing this article, are you getting excited about VR headsets? If you want to have a try on this novelty, it is recommended to try Google Cardboard in the first place, for it is much cheaper and more suitable for a beginner. Enjoy yourself! Related Articles How to Set Up HTC Vive How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone 10 Useful Tips to Experience HTC Vive Well

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How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone By Ivy Bruce

Virtual Reality (VR) is no longer new to us, for it is gaining more and more popularity in our life. Now, many VR devices and apps have been brought to the public. For beginners, Google Cardboard will be a good idea. It costs less than most VR headsets do but much easily manipulates. When you're getting more familiar with virtual reality, you can try Samsung Gear VR. After that, some high-end VR headsets are finally on your list, such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and so on. However, if you haven't tried VR ever, you should try the followings to experience virtual reality in the first place. Given that they are many VR headsets available only on Android phones, here I intend to show you how to use VR glasses with iPhone. Part 1. Why Try VR on iPhone? Part 2. How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone?e Part 1: Why Try VR on iPhone? Apple hasn't announced any sort of VR projects yet, but there are still some VR glasses works with iPhone, for instance, Google Cardboard. Though Android devices may be more advanced with the development on VR apps and devices, it's still fun to have a try on iPhone. You are able to watch virtual movies, enjoy a short trip on a roller coaster and start a collection of fun shorts within the Google Cardboard iPhone app. After the experience, you can show and teach your families and friends as well how to do so. Good things tend to be shared. Isn't it wonderful to share VR experience with your beloved ones? Part 2:How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone? How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone? Before we get it started, you need to prepare things below: 1.An iPhone (the newer, the better. Also, 4.7-inch or bigger screen is recommended.) 2.A VR glasses (Given the price, Google Cardboard is recommended.) 3.VR games installed on iPhone in advance. Now, let's get it started! Step 1 Launch the VR App and Settle iPhone You should run the VR App you have installed ahead of time. Then place your iPhone into the cutout of the VR Glasses. Hold the iPhone in place and flip the cutout up. Step 2 Wear the VR Glasses Now, pick up the VR Glasses and wear it as a headset. Regulate it to make sure that it is fixed. You for sure don’t want it drop when enjoying virtual reality, right? Step 3 Adjust the VR Glasses There are two lenses between your eyes and the iPhone screen. You can adjust the distance until you can clearly view the content on the screen. Step 4 Experience Virtual Reality You can choose the content on the app by moving your eyes and stay looking at the content. Then, you can "click" on and run it. You can now easily enjoy VR movies, VR games with your iPhone and VR glasses. Note that the operations are the same with most VR glasses except some high-end devices. Are you thrilled? Because I am! Virtual reality is such a charm. Nowadays, we can just lie on the bed as well as enjoy the Milky Way above us. Also, a near-real experience of fantasy adventure is no more a dream. When you wake up someday, you will find yourself in Wonderland. Related Articles 10 Useful Tips to Experience HTC Vive Well How to Set Up HTC Vive How Much Do You Know About VR

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How to Set Up HTC Vive By Ivy Bruce

You must be thrilled after finally deciding to get yourself HTC Vive, but it would be a bit burdensome when it comes to set up HTC Vive. Also, there are something you ought to know before using HTC Vive. It is said to take around 30 minutes to finish the set up. However, to be honest, it would take almost an hour if you've met it for the first time. Though it may be cumbersome within that one hour, try to enjoy it, because you are going to enter the virtual reality very soon! The following sections are going to show you how to set up HTC Vive. Scroll down and follow the steps! Before we get the party started. let's take a look at all the items that contain in the HTC Vive packing box. Check for what you're owning now. Make sure that you don't miss one of them. Headset with attached 3-in-1 tether and audio cord ×1 Link Box ×1 USB Cable ×1 HDMI Cable ×1 AC Adapter ×1 Controllers ×2 Micro-USB Cables ×2 AC Adapters ×2 Base Stations ×2 AC Adapters ×2 Sync Cable (optional)×2 Aside from all these, you need to pick a room with some free space scaled at least 2m×1.5m (or 6.5 ft.× 5 ft.). The maximum distance supported between base stations is 5m (or 16 ft). Your VR area should be clear of furniture and pets - look for two corners of the room (or high bookshelves) opposite each other that have a good view of this VR area. This is where you will set up your base stations. Now, let's get it started! Step 1 PC For data transmission, HTC Vive needs a USB 3.0 port to connect PC with link box. For video transmission, you can choose HDMI or Mini-DisplayPort. Keep in mind that cables used to connect computer and link box are gray, the same as the case of the link box. After it's done, plug in 12V power line and we're done with this part. Step 2 Headset Next, you need to connect line box with HTC Vive headset. There are three cables needed in this part, of which respective are HDMI cable, USB cable and Power line cable. Done connecting three cables, the headset's LED light glows red, which means it's going well. Step 3 Base Stations It is probably the most difficult part installing Lighthouse base stations. At first, you need to find a place where is suitable for placing the two stations. (Top of the bookshelves are recommended) Note that the two base station should be able to cover most area at room. Also, hindrances on the way between two stations are not allowed. After plugging in the power, switch on and the light glows green. Step 4 Software Good news is that you probably are almost done with this part. Steam VR is on the basis of Steam. You may probably happen to have Steam installed on computer. If you're done right above the previous steps, you will be prompted to install Steam VR by default. After the installation, there is a VR icon at the right top of the interface. Tap on it and the brand new world is open to you! Step 5 Position The difference between HTC Vive and Oculus Rift is that the former allows you to step around the room while the latter prefer you to take a seat. The major function of Lighthouse base station is to locate the position of users, so you still need to set up a bit before experiencing VR. It is easy to do so. You should decide to whether to play when standing up or sitting down. If you want to walk around, you have to perform space calibration. Pick up and aim the controllers at the screen of PC. Next, place them on the floor horizontally to adjust the area of surface. In the end, pick them up and customize the scale of playing space. That's all! After all these you've been through, you can finally experience virtual reality in person.  It is definitely worthwhile! Cant wait? Just go! Related Articles How Much Do You Know About VR How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone 10 Useful Tips to Experience HTC Vive Well

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10 Useful Tips to Experience HTC Vive Well By Ivy Bruce

It is definitely awesome that you own HTC Vive. I bet the VR experience must be worthy of $799 dollars. Nevertheless, if you want to improve the experience on HTC Vive, you absolutely don't want to miss this post. Read on and check it out! 1. Avoid Tangling Cables Compared to those connected to mobile devices, one of the shortcomings of PC-connected VR headsets, say, HTC Vive, is that there are many cables sticking to you . They follow you when you're walking around. What's worse, once cables tangle, it would turns out to be waterpipes lain on parks, being hard to stretch out and burdensome. Try to spread them out when cables are unoccupied. I get rid of such a annoyance right after the day I stretched them out. 2. Change Chaperone Settings Chaperone system informs user of walking to the end of the virtual world via a pop-up wall. It is a netted holographic wall which keeps glowing by default. Users are able to change the wall to be just a wall of nothing, if they would like to do so. After wearing the Vive, press down the lower button on the controller to run the Stream VR Menu, select "Chaperone" from the settings. It is a default settings at the beginning, but Intermediate Mode enables to lower the density of nets as well as Advanced Mode enables to only display the outline of the holographic wall. 3. Adjust Lenses Distance In order to have best sight in virtual reality, you can adjust the distance between lenses and your eyes by ejecting the ring on the flank of headset and sliding the lenses forward or backward. Remember to adjust the angel of lenses either, or you will have to put up with the terrible view during the adjusting. 4. Regulate Distance Between Eyes There is a rotary button under the right side of the Vive headset. This button is available to change the distance between your eyes. When you're rotating the button, there will be a figure displayed on the screen. It is easy. You just run a VR game, and adjust the distance between eyes until you can clearly and comfortably view all the things. You ought to remember the number that makes the distance best for you, so you don't need to waste your time doing so again next time. 5. Keep Headset in Proper Position Speaking of a clearer visual experience, it results in blurred vision if you wear the headset downward. When you're adjusting the distance between eyes, try to wear the headset more upward. If it shows more clearly, you should accordingly regulate your head belt. 6. Wear Wristbands When Playing Violent Games If you're having a gentle and non-violent VR experience, it's okay whether or not you wear wristbands of controllers. However, you'd better put on wristbands when playing games like Selfie Tennis or VR Baseball Home Run Derby. You for certain don't want to see your controllers flying away from your pawns. 7. Ensure Nothing's Overhead Make sure you have some room overhead, as some experiences may have you reaching above your head. I really have my one controller hit by a ceiling fan overhead. That really hurts both physically and mentally. In the some case, you can check for another room with nothing overhead. 8. Keep Base Stations Synced Sometimes it happens when Lighthouse base stations fail to recognize the players. And when it happens, the screen of HTC Vive temporarily turns gray while the Steam VR app on PC prompts that there is an optical error. By addressing this problem, you can make use of the binding sync cables of HTC VIve. Connect the cables to both stations and encompass them around the room that it's equipped with those stations. 9. Use No Original Earphone For suggesting you not use the original earphone, I means nothing about its quality. However, the earphone sometimes pulls your ears, and it would make us uncomfortable especially when you are having a great time in virtual world. Instead, you can use a self-bought earphone. If you insist on using the original earphone, just don't let the cables mess up with each other. 10 Try to Reboot HTC Vive Most of the time, you can just ignore this tip. However, what if your headset seems being broken and the light keeps glowing red. Rebooting may works out the problem. Firstly, exit the Steam VR both on the headset and pc. Next, unplug the cables on link box. Then, you need to press down the button on the side of the link box and meanwhile re-plug in the cables again. Press the button for another 15 seconds. After that, update the firmware and your HTC Vive revives. Have a try on those tips, see whether it works for you, and enjoy your virtual reality experience.  If you're just thinking of buying HTC Vive, check out things that you should know before the purchase. Have fun! Related Articles How Much Do You Know About VR How to Use VR Glasses with iPhone How to Set Up HTC Vive

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