Before you get started, make sure your Rift and PC firmware and software are up to date.

Plug in your headset

After making sure everything is up to date, check to make sure your headset and headset sensor cables are plugged into the right ports:

Plugging in Your Headset:

  • HDMI end: Plug the HDMI end of the headset cable into your dedicated graphics card port.
    • If you’re already using your HDMI port for your monitor, you can try using an HDMI adapter or another display port (example: DisplayPort, DVI).
  • USB end: Plug the USB end into a USB 3.0 (blue) port.

Plugging in Your Headset Sensors:

  • Plug the headset sensor cable into another USB 3.0 (blue) port.

Set up your headset software

Next, open the Oculus app on your PC and go through software setup:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. Select Devices in the left menu.
  3. Click Configure Rift and then select Full Setup.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to run the full Rift setup.

Fit and adjust your headset

Put on your headset and make sure it fits comfortably.

  1. Loosen the side tabs and then the top strap.
  2. Move the on-ear headphones outwards.
  3. Starting from the back, put your headset on.
    • If you’re wearing glasses, put the headset on from the front first.
  4. Tighten the side tabs and then top strap.
  5. Move the on-ear headphones down to your ears.

If the image in your headset isn't clear, move the image slider on the right of the bottom of your headset.

If you're having issues setting up your Rift headset, try the following:

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