If you're using your Oculus Rift for the first time, check out our:
Before you set up your Oculus Rift or Rift S, check to make sure the following things are up to date:
Drivers enable your graphics card hardware to communicate with your computer. Staying up-to-date with the latest drivers available for your graphics card is needed for a smooth experience with Oculus Rift or Rift S. Occasionally, you may need to repair or uninstall and reinstall your graphics drivers to resolve a driver related issue.
To check for updates for your graphics card:
There are two options to download and install the latest drivers for your NVIDIA graphics card:
There are two options to download and install the latest drivers for your AMD graphics card:
To repair your graphics card drivers:
To uninstall and reinstall your graphics card 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'll need to download the Oculus app on your PC. Before you install the Oculus app, check to make sure that your hard drive has at least 4GB of free disk space.
When you install the Oculus app on your computer, it'll install on the C: drive. If you want to install the app on a different system drive follow this support article for additional instruction.
To download and install the Oculus app on your computer:
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:
If you ever need to reconnect your devices, you can add them individually or run a full setup.
To reconnect your devices:
You can check the Battery Levels of Oculus Rift Touch Controllers you’ve connected in your settings.
To check your battery levels:
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:
Plugging in Your Headset Sensors:
Set up your headset software
Next, open the Oculus app on your PC and go through software setup:
Fit and adjust your headset
Put on your headset and make sure it fits comfortably.
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:
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:
Before you wear your Oculus Rift headset with glasses, check to make sure the width and height of your frames are the following sizes:
To wear your headset with glasses:
To take off your headset with glasses:
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:
To use your own headphones on your Rift:
Note: If you’re using wired headphones, check to make sure you have enough space when using your Rift.
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.
If you want to manually add a new sensor, you can set it up in your settings.
To set up a new sensor:
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.
To make sure your sensors can accurately track your movement, follow these tips:
If you’re having trouble setting up your sensor, try these troubleshooting tips.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
To add your Touch controllers from your settings:
If you’re setting up the sensor tracking and Guardian for your Oculus Touch controllers for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions when you plug in your additional sensor.
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:
The Guardian 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, your play area will appear as one of these sizes:
If you want to redo your Guardian, you can reset it in your settings.
To reset your Guardian:
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).
If you’re setting up your Oculus remote for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions when you set up your Oculus Rift.
To add a remote from your settings:
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:
To replace the battery on your remote:
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.
To setup your Xbox One controller wirelessly:
To setup a wired Xbox One controller:
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:
|Activity||Select to view your current game or app activity||Volume||Select to adjust the volume in your on-ear headphones|
|Notifications||Select to view your notifications||Reorient||Select to reset your view|
|Friends||Select to view your friend list||Change Lens Spacing||Select to adjust your lens spacing|
|Guardian Settings||Select to turn our Guardian boundaries and walls on or off||Do Not Disturb||Select to turn off notifications|
|Home||Select to return to Oculus Home|