USB Compatibility

For the Oculus Rift to perform at an optimal level with your computer, you need three unused USB 3.0 ports and one unused USB 2.0 port.

To manually check how many and what type of USB ports your computer has, please follow the steps below.

1. Identify the number of USB 3.0 ports on your computer

Visually verify how many USB 3.0 ports are available on your computer (Hint: they are blue).
  • Make sure you check the front and back of your computer (they are generally blue)

2. Check for compatibility

Three unused USB 3.0 ports and one unused 2.0 port are recommended.
    1x 3.0 USB port for the headset
    1x 3.0 USB port for the 3D Positional Tracker
    1x 3.0 USB port for Oculus Touch (available at a later date)
    1x 2.0 USB port for Xbox wireless controller
If you do not have any USB 3.0 ports available, you may use USB 2.0 ports instead. Note: using USB 2.0 ports degrades tracking reliability between the headset and sensor.


3. My computer does not have enough USB 3.0 or 2.0 ports

If your computer does not have enough available USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 ports, Rift will not work.

What are my options?
  1. Purchase and install a compatible PCI Express USB 3.0 Expansion Card. Click here to view a compatible card.
    • If this card is not available to you, use another PCI-E USB 3.0 Expansion Card that uses the Fresco Logic FL1100EX chipset.
    • If you need assistance with installing new computer hardware, please reach out to a computer technician or specialist for guidance.
  2. Use a different computer that has enough available USB ports and meets all of our recommended specifications.
  3. Purchase a new computer certified by Oculus to meet Rift's recommended specifications. To view those options, click here.

4. Keep your USB drivers up-to-date

Keeping your USB drivers up-to-date enables your computer to properly communicate with your Rift.

To update USB Driver Updates for Windows 8.1 and 10:
  • If your USB vendor is Texas Instruments, click here to check for updates on Texas Instruments’ website.
  • If your USB vendor is ASMedia, click here to check for updates on ASMedia's website.
  • If your USB vendor is any other brand, click here to check for updates on Microsoft’s website. Make sure you install all required and recommended pending updates.
To update USB Driver Updates for Windows 7:

Check with your chipset maker. Such as:
  • Intel
  • AMD
  • Texas Instruments