Getting Started With Your Oculus Rift

If you're using your Oculus Rift for the first time, check out our:

Setting Up Your Oculus Rift

Before you set up your Oculus Rift, check to make sure the following things are up to date:

Rift

Whenever there’s an update for your Rift, you’ll be able to download it in your settings.

To check updates for your Rift:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your PC computer
  2. Click and then select Settings
  3. Click Devices in the left menu to check for updates
Graphics Card

To check updates for your graphics card, visit your manufacturer’s website:

Windows and DirectX

To use your Rift, your computer must be running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64 bit or newer with the latest version of DirectX installed.

To learn more about keeping your computer up to date, visit Microsoft’s website.

USB Drivers

USB driver updates should be included with Windows updates, but you may need to install updates directly from your manufacturer’s website:

To set up your Oculus Rift, you need to download the Oculus app on your PC computer and create an Oculus account. Before you install the Oculus app, check to make sure that your system drive has at least 4GB of free disk space and is formatted to use the NTFS file system.

To download and install the Oculus app on your computer:

  1. Go to www.oculus.com/setup to download the Oculus app
  2. Open the Oculus app and click Install Now
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to create an Oculus account and set up your devices

While you're installing the Oculus app, you can choose where you want to download and install your apps and games. If you want to download the Oculus app on a different system drive, you can do this manually.

To install the Oculus app on a different system drive:

  1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run command
  2. Enter OculusSetup /drive: [new system drive] (example: OculusSetup /drive:D)
  3. Note: If OculusSetup /drive: does not work, use OculusSetup /drive=
  4. Click OK

The Oculus app will open and install the app on the new drive you’ve chosen.

Checking the Status of Your Devices

You can check the status of the Oculus Rift devices you’ve connected in your settings.

To check the status of all the devices you’ve connected:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your PC computer
  2. Click and then select Settings
  3. Click Devices in the left menu to check the status of your devices
Reconnecting Your Devices

If you ever need to reconnect your devices, you can add them individually or run a full setup.

To reconnect your devices:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your PC computer
  2. Click and then select Settings
  3. Click Devices in the left menu
  4. Click Configure Rift and then select an individual device or select Full Setup to set up everything
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your devices
Checking Your Battery Levels

When you connect your remote and Touch controllers, you check the battery levels below each device.

Setting Up Your Headset
Setting Up for the First Time

If you’re setting up your Oculus Rift headset for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions when you set up your Oculus Rift.

Running the Full Setup

If you need to run the full Rift setup again, check to make sure your headset and headset sensor cables are plugged into the right ports:

  • 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 a HDMI adapter or another display port (example: DisplayPort, DVI).
    • USB end: Plug the USB end into a USB 3.0 (blue) port.
  • Headset Sensor: Plug the headset sensor cable into another USB 3.0 (blue) port.

To run the full Rift setup:

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

To wear your headset:

  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
Adjusting Your Headset Image

If the image inside your headset isn’t clear, you can use the lens slider to make adjustments.

To adjust the image inside your headset:

  1. Put on your headset
  2. Below your headset on the right, use your thumb to push in and hold the lens slider
  3. Move the lens slider left or right until the image is clear

To remove the headset cable from your Oculus Rift headset, you’ll need to remove facial interface first. The facial interface is the foam-lined plastic insert found inside the headset.

To remove the headset cable from your headset:

  1. Hold the front of the headset in the palm of your hand
  2. Starting from the back of the headset, grip the plastic end of the facial interface and gently pull it out
  3. Gently pull out the front of the facial interface to remove it
  4. Remove the headset cable and then remove the cable guide clip on the left side of the headset

Before you wear your Oculus Rift headset with glasses, check to make sure the width and height of your frames are the following sizes:

  • Width: 142mm or less
  • Height: 50mm or less

To wear your headset with glasses:

  1. Loosen the side tabs and then the top strap
  2. Move the on-ear headphones outwards
  3. Starting from the front, put your headset on
  4. Tighten the side tabs and then top strap
  5. Move the on-ear headphones down to your ears

To take off your headset with glasses:

  1. Loosen the side tabs and then the top strap
  2. With both hands, pull the headset forward and then take it off

Note: If your glasses don’t fit in the headset or the lens of your glasses touch the Rift lens, we recommend you take off your glasses while using your Rift.

If you want to use your own headphones with your Oculus Rift headset, you can remove the on-ear headphones using the audio tool. You can find the audio tool in the accessories compartment of your Rift box.

To remove the on-ear headphones on your Rift:

  1. Find the audio connector screw located on the inside of the main strap next to the on-ear headphones
  2. Use the audio tool to turn the audio connector screw counter clockwise (to the left)
  3. Keep turning the audio connector screw counter clockwise until the on-ear headphones come out

To use your own headphones on your Rift:

  1. Plug in the headphones you want to use and then open the Oculus app on your PC computer
  2. Click and then select Settings
  3. Click Devices in the left menu and then click Rift
  4. Below VR Audio Output, click Rift headphones and then select Windows default

Note: If you’re using wired headphones, check to make sure you have enough space when using your Rift.

Setting Up Your Sensor
Setting Up for the First Time

If you’re setting up your Oculus Rift for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions to set up your sensors. If you're using more than one sensor, you'll need an additional USB 2.0 or higher port.

Setting Up a New Sensor

If you want to manually add a new sensor, you can set it up in your settings.

To set up a new sensor:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your PC computer
  2. Click and then select Settings
  3. Click Devices in the left menu
  4. Click Configure Rift and then select Sensor Setup
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your new sensor
Standing Height

Entering your standing height lets Rift calculate the distance to the floor. This makes your experience in VR feel more realistic. You only need to set your height once, even if you decide to sit or let someone else use your Rift.

Placing Your Sensors

To make sure your sensors can accurately track your movement, follow these tips:

Space
  • Make sure nothing is blocking the line of sight between your headset and the sensors.
  • Move away any objects that you may bump into or trip over (example: sensor cables).
  • Make sure your play area is at least 3 feet by 3 feet (1 meter by 1 meter).
Sensor Placement
  • If you're only using 2 sensors, try to put your sensors 3-6.5 feet (1-2 meters) in front of where you’ll be wearing your headset.
  • If you're using 3 sensors, try to put your front 2 sensors 3-9 feet (1.2.7 meters) in front of where you'll be wearing your headset. Then put your rear sensor straight back from one of your front sensors, and no more than 14 feet (4.3 meters) away from the farthest front sensor.
  • Check to make sure the glossy side of the sensor lens is pointing towards your play area.
  • If your sensors are close together, rotate them so that they face forward. If your sensors are wide apart, rotate them towards the center of your play area.
Fixing a Problem With Your Sensors

If you’re having trouble setting up your sensor, try these troubleshooting tips.

Resetting Your Headset View

When you use a game or app, you can reset your view while wearing your Oculus Rift headset. This option is only available when a game or app is open.

To reset your headset view while using a game or app:

  1. Open the Universal Menu by pressing the Select Button on your Oculus remote
  2. Move your head to the position you want
  3. Select Reset View from the menu on the right
Resetting Your Headset Sensor Tracking

If you want to change the location of your headset sensor, you can reset the tracking in your settings.

To reset your headset sensor tracking:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your PC computer
  2. Click and then select Settings
  3. Click Devices in the left menu
  4. Click Configure Rift and then select Sensor Setup
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your headset sensor tracking

If you want to attach your Oculus Rift sensor onto a tripod or camera mount, you’ll first need to remove the sensor body. Once you remove the sensor body, you can attach the sensor body’s 1/4"-20 camera mount to a compatible tripod or camera mount.

To remove the sensor body from your Oculus Rift sensor:

  1. Place your sensor base on a flat surface (example: table) and unclip the sensor cable from the cable clip
  2. Grip the sensor body at the top in one hand and hold the sensor base down in your other hand
  3. Gently twist the sensor body counter-clockwise until it snaps loose
  4. Lift the sensor body up from the flat surface and then twist the sensor base clockwise until the sensor body comes off

Once you attach the sensor body to a tripod or camera mount, make sure to reset your sensor tracking.

When you set up your Oculus Rift, we recommend putting your sensors in front of where you’ll be wearing your headset. But you can choose to try our experimental 2-sensor 360 setup. To learn more about this setup, view our guide.

Note: The 2-sensor 360 setup may not work with your PC computer or play area.

Setting Up Your Touch Controllers
Setting Up for the First Time

If you’re setting up your Oculus Touch controllers for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions when you plug in your additional sensor.

Adding Touch Controllers From Your Settings

To add your Touch controllers from your settings:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your PC computer
  2. Click and then select Settings
  3. Click Devices in the left menu
  4. Click Configure Rift and then select Add Touch
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to add your Touch controllers
Setting Up for the First Time

If you’re setting up the sensor tracking and Guardian System for your Oculus Touch controllers for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions when you plug in your additional sensor.

Resetting Your Sensor Tracking

After you set up your sensor tracking for the first time, you can change the location of your sensors at any time. Once you’ve changed the location of your sensors, you’ll need to reset your sensor tracking in your settings.

To reset the sensor tracking for your headset and Touch controllers:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your PC computer
  2. Click and then select Settings
  3. Click Devices in the left menu
  4. Click Configure Rift and then select Sensor Setup
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset the sensor tracking for your headset and Touch controllers
Guardian System Sizes

The Guardian System lets you create boundaries in VR that appear when you get too close to the edge of your play area. When setting up your Guardian System, your play area will appear as one of these sizes:

  • Below Minimum: If your play area is below minimum, it doesn’t meet the 3 feet by 3 feet (1 meter by 1 meter) requirement. The Guardian works best with a larger play area.
  • Moderate: Your play area meets the minimum amount of space needed to set up the Guardian System.
  • Optimal: Your play area meets or exceeds the 7 feet by 5 feet (2 meters by 1.5 meters) space needed to set up the Guardian System.
Resetting Your Guardian System

If you want to redo your Guardian System, you can reset it in your settings.

To reset your Guardian System:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your PC computer
  2. Click and then select Settings
  3. Click Devices in the left menu
  4. Click Configure Rift and then select Guardian System
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your Guardian System

Content that uses the Oculus Touch controllers require a play area that exceeds 3 feet by 3 feet (1 meter by 1 meter). However, some content will work best with a minimum play area of 7 feet by 5 feet (2 meters by 1.5 meters).

Setting Up Your Remote
Setting Up for the First Time

If you’re setting up your Oculus remote for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions when you set up your Oculus Rift.

Adding a Remote From Your Settings

To add a remote from your settings:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your PC computer
  2. Click and then select Settings
  3. Click Devices in the left menu
  4. Click Configure Rift and then select Add Remote
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to add your remote

Before you change the battery on your Oculus Rift remote, check to make sure you’re using a CR2032 lithium cell battery.

To remove the battery on your remote:

  1. Hold the remote so the strap is pointing away from you.
  2. Push your thumbs up to slide the battery cover off.
  3. Hold the battery tab down, turn the remote over and lightly tap it against a hard surface (example: table) until the battery comes out.

To replace the battery on your remote:

  1. With the positive side facing up, slide the CR2032 lithium cell battery into the compartment.
  2. Push the battery down to make sure it doesn’t fall out.
  3. Slide the battery cover back on.
Setting Up Your Xbox Controller

The Xbox One controller is an optional controller that you can use with your Oculus Rift. If you'd like to use an Xbox One controller, you can choose to buy one separately.

Setting Up Your Xbox One Controller Wirelessly

To setup your Xbox One controller wirelessly:

  1. Insert 2 AA batteries into the back of your controller.
  2. Plug the Xbox One wireless adapter into your computer. If the USB port you’re using is behind your computer, you can use the USB extender.
  3. Press the sync button on the Xbox One wireless adapter. The LED light will begin to blink.
  4. Hold down the Xbox button on your controller. The Xbox button will start to blink slowly.
  5. Hold down the sync button on the controller until the Xbox button blinks faster. It’ll stop blinking when paired.
Setting Up Your Wired Xbox One Controller

To setup a wired Xbox One controller:

  1. Insert 2 AA batteries into the back of your controller
  2. Plug a micro USB cable into the top of your controller and then plug USB end into your computer
Using the Universal Menu

You can open the Universal Menu at any time when using your Oculus Rift. To open the Universal Menu, press the Oculus button at the bottom of your Oculus remote.

Once you open the Universal Menu, you can view and adjust the following things:

ActivitySelect to view your current game or app activityVolumeSelect to adjust the volume in your on-ear headphones
NotificationsSelect to view your notificationsReorientSelect to reset your view
FriendsSelect to view your friend listChange Lens SpacingSelect to adjust your lens spacing
Guardian SettingsSelect to your Guardian System boundaries and walls on or offDo Not DisturbSelect to turn off notifications
HomeSelect to return to Oculus Home