GETTING STARTED WITH OCULUS RIFT S

Initial Setup


Installing the Oculus app on your PC
To set up your Oculus Rift S or 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:
  1. 2.
    Below Oculus Rift S or Rift, click Download Software.
  2. 3.
    Open the Oculus app and click Install Now.
  3. 4.
    Follow the on-screen instructions to create an account and set up your Rift S or Rift.

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Oculus Rift S and Rift minimum requirements and system specifications
Specifications
Oculus Rift S
ComponentRecommended SpecsMinimum Specs
Processor Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greaterIntel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater
Graphics CardNVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greaterNVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
Alternative Graphics CardNVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greaterNVIDIA GTX 960 4GB / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
Memory8GB+ RAM8GB+ RAM
Operating SystemWindows 10Windows 10
USB Ports1x USB 3.0 ports1x USB 3.0 port
Video OutputCompatible DisplayPort video outputCompatible miniDisplayPort video output (miniDisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter included with Rift S)
Oculus Rift
Beginning 1/14/2020, we will officially stop supporting the Rift platform on Windows 7 and 8.1 to align with Microsoft’s announcement of ending support for Windows 7. As previously announced in June 2018, Windows 10 is now the minimum required operating system spec for the Rift platform and we encourage everyone who isn’t already running Windows 10 to upgrade. Windows 10 will enable us to deliver the best performance and latest advancements, while aligning with industry standards.
ComponentRecommended SpecsMinimum Specs
Processor Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greaterIntel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater
Graphics CardNVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greaterNVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
Alternative Graphics CardNVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greaterNVIDIA GTX 960 4GB / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
Memory8GB+ RAM8GB+ RAM
Operating SystemWindows 10Windows 10
USB Ports Rift3x USB 3.0 ports, plus 1x USB 2.0 port1x USB 3.0 port, plus 2x USB 2.0 ports
Video Output (Rift)Compatible HDMI 1.3 video outputCompatible HDMI 1.3 video output
Note: The operating system specified in the table above may be updated as third-party software changes dictate. Certain experiences on Rift and Rift S require a computer system exceeding Oculus’ minimum or recommended specifications. Please refer to the recommended specifications for the Rift or Rift S experiences you intend to use.

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What type of connections does Oculus Rift S need to connect to my computer?
Your Oculus Rift S uses USB 3.0 and DisplayPort connectors to connect to your computer. We've listed the different options that you can and can't use to connect your Rift S below:
Supported Connections
  • DisplayPort Connection: You can connect your Oculus Rift S to any DisplayPort port that is directly connected to a discrete GPU.
  • Mini DisplayPort Connection: You can connect your Oculus Rift S to any Mini DisplayPort port that is directly connected to a discrete GPU using the mDP → DP adapter included with your Rift S.
Unsupported Connections
  • Mini DisplayPort Connection with third party adapter: Currently, the only mDP → DP adapter certified to work is the one provided with your Rift S. If other adapters are used, we cannot guarantee functionality or performance.
  • HDMI Connection with third party adapter: Currently, there are no known adapters that will work from HDMI → DP. If this changes, we’ll update this article to include any supported adapters. Until then, we don't recommend trying to use Rift S with any PC or laptop that does not have a DisplayPort port or Mini DisplayPort port.
  • USB Type-C Connection with third party adapter: Currently, we cannot make any recommendations for USB-C → DP. If this changes, we’ll update this article to include any supported adapters.
  • In order to ensure basic functionality, any display port used to connect Rift S needs to be directly connected to a discrete GPU.
How do I know if my PC is compatible with Oculus Rift S?
We recommend reviewing our list of Oculus Ready Certified PCs when looking for a new Rift S compatible PC and/or laptop.

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

Plug in your headset
Your Oculus Rift S uses USB 3.0 and DisplayPort connectors to connect to your computer. We've listed the different options that you can and can't use to connect your Rift S below:
Supported Connections
  • DisplayPort Connection: You can connect your Oculus Rift S to any DisplayPort port that is directly connected to a discrete GPU.
  • Mini DisplayPort Connection: You can connect your Oculus Rift S to any Mini DisplayPort port that is directly connected to a discrete GPU using the mDP → DP adapter included with your Rift S.
Unsupported Connections
  • Mini DisplayPort Connection with third party adapter: Currently, the only mDP → DP adapter certified to work is the one provided with your Rift S. If other adapters are used, we cannot guarantee functionality or performance.
  • HDMI Connection with third party adapter: Currently, there are no known adapters that will work from HDMI → DP. If this changes, we’ll update this article to include any supported adapters. Until then, we don't recommend trying to use Rift S with any PC or laptop that does not have a DisplayPort port or Mini DisplayPort port.
  • USB Type-C Connection with third party adapter: Currently, we cannot make any recommendations for USB-C → DP. If this changes, we’ll update this article to include any supported adapters.
  • In order to ensure basic functionality, any display port used to connect Rift S needs to be directly connected to a discrete GPU.

Set up your headset software
To set up your Oculus Rift S or 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 sufficient 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:
  1. 1.
    Go to www.oculus.com/setup and click Download Oculus Rift Software.
  2. 2.
    Open the Oculus app and click Install Now.
  3. 3.
    Follow the on-screen instructions to create an Oculus account and set up your Rift S or Rift.

Adjust headset fit and feel
Put on your headset and make sure it fits comfortably.
  1. 1.
    Adjust the velcro top strap until the Rift S sits comfortably on your head.
  2. 2.
    Rotate the fit wheel to adjust the tightness of the halo band.
  3. 3.
    If you’re wearing glasses, put the headset on from the front first.
  4. 4.
    Press the depth adjustment button on the bottom of the headset to adjust the lenses in or out for more clarity and a comfortable fit over glasses.

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Oculus Guardian
Initial Setup
If you're setting up Guardian for the first time, follow the instructions you see in your headset. You can also review the videos in the dropdown below.

Guardian Setup Videos
Quest 2 and Quest Setup Video
Rift S Setup Video

Guardian Sizes
Guardian lets you create boundaries in VR that appear when you get too close to the edge of your play area. When setting up Guardian, your play area will show 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 to use Guardian.
  • Minimum: You have enough space for the minimum required play area, but some apps may recommend at least 6.5 by 6.5 ft for the best experience.
  • Recommended: You have the recommended play area for Roomscale experiences. This means that your play area meets or exceeds the 6.5 feet by 6.5 feet (2 meters by 2 meters) space needed to set up the Guardian System.

Resetting your Guardian
  1. 1.
    Select Settings from the bottom toolbar.
  2. 2.
    Select Guardian in the left menu.
  3. 3.
    Click Adjust Guardian .
  4. 4.
    Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your Guardian.

Adjusting your Guardian settings
Once you set up your Guardian, you can make additional adjustments at any time from your Guardian settings-panel option in-VR. The settings you can adjust here include:
  • Adjust guardian: This puts you back into the guardian setup like you did when you first set up your headset.
  • Set floor level: Allows you to adjust the floor level of your Guardian Boundary.
  • Boundary color: Changes the color of your Guardian Boundary.
  • Double Tap for Passthrough: Enables the ability to double tap the side of your headset to switch to and from passthrough mode.
  • Clear Guardian History: Clears Guardian history for all accounts on the headset. This means if you have more than one person’s account on your Quest or Quest 2, Guardian maps and tracking data will be removed from all accounts.
  • Glanceable Boundary: When enabled, you can look down at an angle while in-VR to quickly see where you are in your playspace.
  • Boundary Sensitivity: Determines how granularly you want to adjust your guardian boundary alerts. There are two options:
    • Simple: You’ll adjust the sensitivity of all of your boundaries collectively with a single slider. Lower sensitivity generally means you won’t be alerted until you get closer to your boundaries.
    • Advanced: You’ll adjust the sensitivity of your boundaries at a more granular level using the following settings:
      • Headset distance sensitivity: Lowering your distance sensitivity means that you won't be alerted until you're closer to the edge of the guardian boundary.
      • Controller distance sensitivity: Lowering your distance sensitivity means that you won't be alerted until you're closer to the edge of the guardian boundary.
Headset speed sensitivity Lowering your speed sensitivity means you'll be alerted less when making fast movements near a boundary edge.
Controller speed sensitivity: Lowering your speed sensitivity means you'll be alerted less when making fast movements near a boundary edge.

Guardian Space Sense
Space Sense is a safety feature that allows you to see outlines of people, pets, and other objects that cross over the boundaries of your Roomscale Guardian while you’re in VR. Space Sense can show outlines of objects up to 9 ft away, provided that they have entered into your playspace.
  1. 1.
    Select from the universal menu bar.
  2. 2.
    Scroll down the left side menu and select Experimental Features
  3. 3.
    Scroll through the Experimental Features panel until you see Space Sense.
  4. 4.
    Select Space Sense.
  5. 5.
    Turn on Space Sense using the toggle.

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How do I set up my Touch controllers for my Oculus Rift S?
If you're setting up your Oculus Touch controllers for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions during the setup process.
To add your Touch controllers from your settings:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your PC computer.
  2. 2.
    Select Devices in the left menu.
  3. 3.
    Under Rift S and Touch click Pair Device and then select Pair Touch.
  4. 4.
    Follow the on-screen instructions to add your Touch controllers.

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How do I set up my Xbox One controller to use with my Oculus Rift S?
The Xbox One controller is an optional controller that you can use with your Oculus Rift S. If you'd like to use an Xbox One controller, you can buy one separately.
To add your Xbox One controller from the Oculus app on your PC computer:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app.
  2. 2.
    Select Devices in the left menu.
  3. 3.
    Under Rift S and Touch click Pair Device and then select Pair Gamepad.
  4. 4.
    Follow the on-screen instructions to add your Xbox One controller.

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Checking the status of your Oculus Rift S or Rift
Checking the status of your devices
You can check the status of the Oculus Rift S or Rift devices you’ve connected in your settings.
To check the status of all the devices you’ve connected:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Select 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. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Select Devices in the left menu.
  3. 3.
    If you see the device that you want to reconnect, click on it and follow the onscreen instructions.
    • If you don't see the device that you want to reconnect, click Add Headset.
  4. 4.
    Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your devices.
Checking your battery levels
You can check the battery levels of Oculus Touch Controllers you’ve connected in your settings.
To check your battery levels:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Select Devices in the left menu and then look for the battery level below each Touch controller.

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Adjusting Fit and Feel


How do I adjust the IPD for my Oculus Rift S?
You can adjust your IPD for your Rift S in the Devices tab of the Oculus app on your computer. To do this:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your Computer.
  2. 2.
    Click Devices on the left side of the app.
  3. 3.
    Click Oculus Rift S and Touch.
  4. 4.
    Scroll down to IPD and use the (+) and (-) buttons to set your IPD to the desired measurement.
  5. 5.
    Click OK.

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How do I wear glasses with my Oculus Rift S?
Before you wear your Oculus Rift S 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. 1.
    Put the headset on from the front first.
  2. 2.
    Loosen the velcro top strap until the Rift S sits comfortably on your head.
  3. 3.
    Rotate the fit wheel to adjust the tightness of the halo band.
  4. 4.
    Press the depth adjustment button on the bottom of the headset to adjust the lenses in or out for more clarity and a comfortable fit over glasses.
To take off your headset with glasses:
  1. 1.
    Loosen the headset using the fit wheel and then the top strap.
  2. 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 S lens, we recommend you take off your glasses while using your Rift S.

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How do I adjust my room lighting preferences for my Oculus Rift S?
If you're having issues with tracking, you can adjust the frequency of your room lighting in the Oculus app on your computer. To do this:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Click Devices on the left side of the app.
  3. 3.
    Click Rift S and Touch.
  4. 4.
    Scroll down to Room Lighting Frequency.
  5. 5.
    Choose the option that matches the frequency of the bulbs used in the room where you use your Rift S. If you're not sure what your room lighting frequency is, choose Auto (60hz).

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Changing Oculus Rift S headphones
If you want to use your own headphones with your Oculus Rift S, you can plug them into the audio jack located on the left side of your Rift S headset.

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