Monday Musings: My VR Setup

Random Musings ,Virtual Reality
April 25, 2016

I’m a few weeks into owning my Vive and CV 1 Rift, and it’s only been within the last few days that I’ve finally managed to get everything (almost) set up and ready to go! In the above photo, you can see how I’ve relegated the living room into the far corner of my apartment to make a wide space for the Vive setup – and I figured I’d use today’s Monday Musing to cover some of the details about my VR setup!

VR Rig

Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00 GHz

16 GB RAM

500 GB SSD + 1TB HD

NVidia GeForce GTX 970

Windows 10

The Devices

For the Vive, I have a 12′ x 12′ space dedicated and I have generally been keeping this plugged in regularly. Flanking the play space are two small end tables that each house a headset on a glass head (Pier 1 had a great deal on them, about $20 /ea) and older developer devices / random mobile headsets that I take with me for demos. The current collection stands at a Rift, Vive, DK 2, Gear VR, Homido, and Wearality. Unfortunately, my graphics card only has one HDMI port, but I’ve tested out the CV 1 and Vive running concurrently with a borrwed HDMI-Display Port cable, and I’ve just ordered a mini Display Port – Display Port cable to try out with the Vive control box. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that at that point, I’ll be able to keep both of them plugged in.

I also 3D printed a Vive controller wall mount to keep the controllers easily found and simple to charge:

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I still have a few things that I’d like to do (like get the wall art set up!) and there are a few things that I want to build to enhance the experience: a motion detector at the base of the Vive space, to track pets that come in the room while I’m using the Vive, and a light up / IOT auto-Twitter board that shows when people are using the headset and what they’re playing are at the top of my list, but overall, I’m pretty happy with how the play space has turned out! My desk still has some final tidying that needs to be done, but overall, it’s finally starting to come together!

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2 thoughts on “Monday Musings: My VR Setup”

  1. Cynthia Guider says:

    Wow you are awesome. Yougave me great ideas. I have the Vive and Occulus coming . Thank you

  2. Bruno says:

    Nice setup. I can see how your TV set is now counting down the days to the next spring garage sale.

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