USING OCULUS RIFT S AND RIFT

Using Rift S and Rift


How can I keep my Oculus Rift S or Rift safe and in good condition?
It’s important to take care of your Oculus Rift S or Rift and secure it in a safe place. Keep in mind your limited warranty doesn’t cover normal wear and tear or physical damages.
To keep your Oculus Rift S or Rift safe, follow these tips:
  • To avoid damaging your lenses and display, keep your Oculus Rift S or Rift away from direct sunlight.
  • To avoid scratching your lenses, keep your Oculus Rift S or Rift away from sharp objects (example: cable tips, keys.)
  • To avoid general damage:
    • Don’t leave your Rift S or Rift in extremely hot locations (example: inside of a car.)
    • Don’t leave your Rift S or Rift near heat sources (example: furnace.)
    • Don’t leave your Rift S or Rift near pets or small children.
    • Don’t eat, drink or smoke near your Rift S or Rift.
    • Make sure to clear your play area of any objects, wires or people you may knock into or trip over when using your Rift S or Rift.
    • Secure your Rift S or Rift in a safe place when you’re not using it.

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What keyboard shortcuts can I use while using my Oculus Rift S or Rift?
Keyboard shortcuts allow you to quickly access controls and features in the Oculus app on your computer using your keyboard.
To use keyboard shortcuts, type the following while using the Oculus PC app:
ActionShortcutMedia Key Shortcut
SearchCtrl+E or F3Search
Return to Home ScreenAlt+Home or Ctrl+1Home
Open Oculus StoreCtrl+2
Open LibraryCtrl+3
Open Devices Ctrl+4
Open SettingsCtrl+5
Open UpdatesCtrl+J
Go BackAlt-LeftBack
Go ForwardAlt-RightForward
Logout of the Oculus AppCtrl+Shift+W
Quit the Oculus AppAlt+F4
Visit the Oculus Support CenterF1Help
Play VideoSpace BarPlay
Pause VideoSpacebarPause

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How do I redeem an Oculus promo code?
You can redeem a promo code for your Oculus Rift S or Rift in the Oculus app on your computer, or for your Quest, Rift S, Rift or Go using the Oculus app on your phone.
To redeem a promo code for Rift or Rift S on your computer:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Select Settings in the left menu.
  3. 3.
    Select the Account tab.
  4. 4.
    Click Redeem Code and then enter your promo code.
  5. 5.
    Click Redeem.
To redeem a promo code for Quest, Rift S, Rift, or Go in the Oculus mobile app:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your phone
  2. 2.
    Tap your profile picture in the top left.
  3. 3.
    Tap Account Settings.
  4. 4.
    Tap Redeem Store Code.
  5. 5.
    Enter your code and then tap the Submit button.

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Using demo mode on my Oculus Rift S or Rift
You can start demo mode so your Oculus Library will only display the apps you select when you put on your Oculus Rift S or Rift headset.
To start demo mode:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Select Settings in the left menu.
  3. 3.
    Select the Beta tab and then click Start next to Demo Mode.
  4. 4.
    Select the apps you want to demo, and then select Next.
  5. 5.
    Enter a time limit, review your selections and then click Start.
To end demo mode:
  1. 1.
    Take off your headset and click Alt+Tab on your keyboard to return to the Oculus app.
  2. 2.
    Select Settings in the left menu.
  3. 3.
    Select the Beta tab.
  4. 4.
    Click End next to Demo Mode.
  5. 5.
    Click Stop Demo.

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Oculus PC App


Downloading new content on my Oculus Rift S or Rift
You can download new content from the Oculus Store on your PC computer, or from your Oculus Rift S or Rift headset in VR. Whenever you buy or download something, you can choose to download it on a system drive that’s formatted to use the NTFS file system. All of the content you download will show up in your Oculus library.
To download content in the Oculus Store:
From your PC computer:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Click what you want to download.
  3. 3.
    Click the price to buy it or click Free if it’s a free download.
From your Rift S or Rift headset:
  1. 1.
    Put on your headset and select Store at the bottom.
  2. 2.
    Select what you want to download.
  3. 3.
    Select the price to buy it or select Free if it’s a free download.

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Finding content you've downloaded for your Oculus device
Whenever you buy or download content in the Oculus Store, it’ll show up on your device, on your computer or in your Oculus companion app in your Oculus library.
To find the content you’ve downloaded:
On your PC computer:
  • Open the Oculus app on your PC computer.
  • Click Library in the left menu.
From your Rift or Rift S Headset:
  • Put on your headset.
  • Select Library from your Dash.
From your Oculus Quest or Go Headset:
  • Put on your headset.
  • Select Library from your bottom toolbar.
From your Oculus Companion app on your phone:
  • Open your Oculus app.
  • Tap to open your Library.

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How much space is needed to download content for my Oculus Rift S or Rift?
When you browse content in the Oculus Store, you can check how much space you need on your PC computer to download it. To make sure the content is installed without a problem, we require an extra 2GB of disk space. Once the content is installed, it’ll take up less space on your computer.
To check how much space is needed to download content from the Oculus Store:
From your Computer:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Click Store from the left side of the app.
  3. 3.
    Click the app, game, or experience that you want to download in the Oculus Store.
  4. 4.
    Below Additional Details, check Space Required to see how much space is needed.
From your Oculus Rift S or Rift Headset:
  1. 1.
    Put on your headset and select Store from your Dash.
  2. 2.
    Select the app, game, or experience that you want to download.
  3. 3.
    Check the description to see how much space is needed.

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Saving Oculus Rift apps
You can add, remove or delete Library Locations to save apps and files for Oculus Rift S or Rift to different locations on your computer. Your default Library Location will be used for app installation and can be changed to your preferred drive. Installed apps can be moved between existing Library Locations.
To add a new Library Location:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Select Settings in the left menu.
  3. 3.
    Select the General tab.
  4. 4.
    Next to Library Locations select Edit.
  5. 5.
    Select Add Location and select the folder you would like to add.
To remove, delete, or make an existing Library Location your default:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Select Settings in the left menu.
  3. 3.
    Select the General tab.
  4. 4.
    Next to Library Locations select Edit.
  5. 5.
    Select next to the Library location you'd like to edit.
  6. 6.
    Select the option to Make Default, Remove From List or Delete Folder.
To move apps between Library Locations:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Select Library in the left menu.
  3. 3.
    Select on the bottom right of the app you'd like to move.
  4. 4.
    Select Move from the dropdown menu and pick the location you'd like to move the app to.
  5. 5.
    Click Move to move the app to the selected Library Location.
Notes:
  • Removing a Library Location from your list will not delete apps or app files. Adding the same location back will include apps you saved to that location previously.
  • Deleting a library location deletes all the apps in that location from your disk.
  • To successfully add a new Library Location, the drive must be formatted to NTFS. Any hard drive, partition, or USB drive formatted to FAT32 or exFAT will not work as a Library Location.

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How do I restart the Oculus app on my computer?
If you're experiencing issues running software from the Oculus PC app, you may need to restart it. To restart the Oculus app on your computer:
  1. 1.
    Select Settings from the left side of the app.
  2. 2.
    Select Beta from the top of the app.
  3. 3.
    Click Restart Oculus to restart the app.

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Using Dash
You can use Oculus Dash to do the following in your Oculus Rift S or Rift:
  • Access PC Desktop apps.
  • View and open items in your VR Library.
  • Adjust other system settings and services from anywhere in VR.
You can choose up to XX Dash panels to be available in your Dash belt and in what order they appear.
  • Explore: Browse featured games and new releases.
  • Library: View your downloaded and purchased games and apps.
  • Store: Open and browse the Oculus Store.
  • Social: View your friends list, requests and party invitations.
  • Notifications: Check for recent app updates or other Oculus notifications.
  • Settings: Control settings for your headset and sensors.
  • Home: Return to your Oculus Home.
  • Oculus Desktop: View and access your computer desktop and applications within VR.
To open or close Oculus Dash:
  • While using your device, tap the Oculus button on your right Touch controller.
To move Oculus Dash elements or the belt:
  • With the Dash open, press the grip button, point to an element or the Dash itself and drag it to the new location.

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How do I restart the Oculus app on my computer?
If you're experiencing issues running software from the Oculus PC app, you may need to restart it. To restart the Oculus app on your computer:
  1. 1.
    Select Settings from the left side of the app.
  2. 2.
    Select Beta from the top of the app.
  3. 3.
    Click Restart Oculus to restart the app.

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Allowing Content from unknown sources
Some developers may release content that doesn’t appear in the Oculus Store. This content isn’t reviewed by Oculus for the following:
  • Security
  • Comfort
  • Content
  • Health and safety
While we don’t review this content, you can still run it on your Oculus Rift S or Rift if the developers allow it.
To allow content from unknown sources:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your PC computer.
  2. 2.
    Select Settings in the left menu.
  3. 3.
    Select the General tab.
  4. 4.
    Next to Unknown Sources, adjust the toggle and then confirm to allow content from unknown sources.

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Compatibility and Your PC


Oculus Rift minimum requirements
The Oculus Compatibility Tool is no longer supported and will not be receiving future updates.
If your computer doesn’t meet the minimum or recommended system specifications, you can:
  • Upgrade the components you need to meet the minimum or recommended system specifications.

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Recommended Oculus Rift S graphics cards
For the full Oculus Rift S experience, we recommend that your PC computer has a NVIDIA GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card or greater. The following graphics cards also meet our recommended specifications:
NVIDIA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB, Desktop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB, Desktop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB, laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black
NIVIDA TITAN X (Pascal)
NIVIDA TITAN Xp
NVIDIA Quadro GP100
NVIDIA Quadro K6000
NVIDIA Quadro M5000
NVIDIA Quadro M5500
NVIDIA Quadro P4000
NVIDIA Quadro P5000
NVIDIA Quadro P6000
NVIDIA M5000
NVIDIA M5500
NVIDIA M6000 (12GB)
NVIDIA M6000 (24GB)
NVIDIA RTX 3000 Series (24GB)
AMD
AMD Radeon R9 290
AMD Radeon R9 290X
AMD Radeon R9 390
AMD Radeon R9 390X
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X
AMD Radeon R9 Nano
AMD FirePro W9100
AMD FirePro WX7100
AMD FirePro WX7100 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 570
AMD Radeon RX 580
AMD Radeon RX 580 Mobile
Minimum Specs
The NVIDIA GTX 960 (4GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB), NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti, NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti (laptop), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and AMD Radeon RX 470 currently meet the minimum specs.
Note: Some Rift S content may require a computer that exceeds Oculus’s minimum or recommended specs. Please refer to the recommended specs when browsing content in the Oculus Store.

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Can I use Oculus Rift S or Rift with a Mac?
The Oculus Rift S and Rift are currently optimized to work with Windows PCs.

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Apps and Features


What is Passthrough?
Passthrough is a feature that allows you to step outside your view in VR to see a real-time view of your surroundings. Passthrough uses the sensors on your headset to approximate what you would see if you were able to look directly through the front of your headset and into the real world around you. Passthrough comes up automatically when you’re creating or adjusting your Guardian. Apps can also show Passthrough to blend your physical and virtual environment.
Keep in mind, when apps show Passthrough, only you can see it. Apps can’t access images or videos of your real surroundings.

Quest 2 and Quest
Passthrough comes up automatically when you're creating or adjusting your Guardian. To be able to quickly enter Passthrough, you'll need to enable it:
  1. 1.
    Put on your headset, then hover over the clock on the left side of the universal menu. When Quick Settings appears, select it to open the Quick Settings panel.
  2. 2.
    Select Settings from the top right of the panel.
  3. 3.
    Select Guardian from the sidebar.
  4. 4.
    Use the toggle next to Double Tap for Passthrough Shortcut to enable the feature.
Once enabled, you can switch into Passthrough by tapping either the left or right side of your headset twice. Keep in mind, you just need to tap the side of your headset, you aren't pressing any physical buttons to enter Passthrough.

Rift S
For Rift S
  • Put on your Rift S headset.
  • Press the Oculus button to pull up your Dash.
  • Select Settings.
  • Set up your home button to enable Passthrough on double click.
Once you enable Passthrough, you can switch into Passthrough mode by:
  • Pressing the Oculus button on your right Touch controller twice.
  • You can double press the Oculus button again to exit Passthrough.

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Using Home on my Oculus Rift S or Rift
Home allows you to customize your VR space, play with interactive objects, show achievements and experiences and browse and interact with your friends' Homes. When you first enter your Home, a tutorial will walk you through the basic functionality. You can re-enable this tutorial later through the Home settings menu if you want to run it again.
Using Oculus Home Menus:
To bring up the Home menus, press the menu button on the left Touch controller or push the menu button on your virtual wristwatch with your finger while in VR. The menu is broken into two components: the Navigation Panel on the left and the Main Panel on the right. Select from the Navigation Panel to access different options:
  • Overview: Selecting the top of the Navigation Panel reveals details of your current location. When in your own home you can change your privacy settings from here.
  • Guest List: You may also review who is currently visiting your Home and invite your friends to join you.
  • Places: Visit recommended Homes, or your friends' Homes that you have permission to access.
  • Inventory: Access various customization elements. Point at an item and use the grip trigger on either Touch controller to grab elements and place them in your Home.
  • Notifications panel: Collect elements you've earned in VR.
  • Preferences: Modify various Home settings, including adjusting your navigation, editor and audio settings.
  • Help: Find tutorials on how to interact with your Home.
Grabbing and Positioning Elements:
When in Home, you can reach out and grab decorative and interactive elements. From a distance, point with your index finger with either hand to bring up a laser pointer and use the grab trigger to grab and reposition the element you have selected. While grabbing an element, you can use your Touch controllers to manipulate its position and rotation:
  • Pushing the thumbstick forward and back will push the element you're grabbing further and closer. If the object is an interactive element, you can pull the item all the way back to your hand to hold it and use it interactively.
  • Pushing the thumbstick side to side will rotate the element you're holding.
  • While holding an element in the air, pushing the thumbstick in so that it clicks will change the axis that the element rotates around when pushing the thumbstick side to side.
  • While holding an object, pull the trigger on the controller to switch between Scale and Rotate modes. While in Scale mode, push the thumbstick side to side to increase or decrease the size of the object.
  • Pressing the B or Y button while holding an element will cause it to be put back in your inventory.
  • You can grab multiple elements by pointing and pressing A, X, or either trigger to group select multiple objects. When you have multiple objects selected, grabbing any object in the selection will grab and manipulate all of them simultaneously.

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Locking the design of your Home on Oculus Rift S or Rift
In Home, you can “lock” editing your environment, preventing changes to the items and designs you've customized.
To "lock" the design of your Home:
  1. 1.
    Put on your Rift or Rift S headset.
  2. 2.
    In your Home, press the menu button on your left touch controller.
  3. 3.
    Select Preferences from the left sidebar of your Home menu.
  4. 4.
    Select Editor from the Preferences menu.
  5. 5.
    Next to Lock Home Arrangement select to prevent changes to your item placement and design of your home.
You can unlock your Home arrangement by returning to the settings panel from your Home menu.

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Visiting a friend's Home with my Oculus Rift S or Rift
Using your Oculus Rift S or Rift, your Home can be customized with toys, furniture, artwork and more. You can visit and interact with your friend's Home using Oculus Rift S or Rift.
To visit your friend's Home:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. 2.
    Click your name from the bottom left menu to open your Friends List.
  3. 3.
    Select the friend whose Home you want to visit.
  4. 4.
    Click "Visit Home", then put on your headset.
To visit your friend's Home from within VR:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your computer and put on your headset.
  2. 2.
    Press the menu button on your left Touch controller to access the Home menu.
  3. 3.
    Select Places from the left sidebar.
  4. 4.
    Point at the Home you want to visit, press the grip trigger on your Touch controller to grab the Home’s sphere, and then break the sphere to teleport to that Home.

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How a Rift Party works
Parties allow you to hang out and chat with friends in VR. You can start a party using your Oculus Rift S or Rift to chat with up to 3 of your friends at a time.
Creating and Leaving Parties
To start a party:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your PC computer and then put your headset on.
  2. 2.
    From your friends list, select phone and plus mark next to the people you'd like to invite to your party.
Once your friends accept your invite, they’ll join your party.
To leave a party:
  1. 1.
    From Home, select the Social tab from your Dash.
  2. 2.
    Select the Parties tab.
  3. 3.
    Select phone hanging up to leave the party.
Note: Anyone who joins your party can also invite their friends until you reach a party of 4 people.

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Viewing my own 360 photos on Oculus Rift or Rift S
You can create a folder to view your own 360 photos in Oculus 360 Photos on your Oculus Rift S or Rift.
To view your 360 photos in Oculus 360 Photos:
  1. 1.
    Move the 360 photo you want to view to the Windows Photos folder on your PC computer.
  2. 2.
    Put on your headset and open Oculus 360 Photos.
  3. 3.
    Select My Photos and then select the 360 photo you added.

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2-Sensor 360 experimental setup
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. Learn more in our 2-Sensor 360° Experimental Setup Guide.
Note: The 2-sensor 360 setup may not work with your PC computer or play area.

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Using the Mixed Reality Capture tool
The Mixed Reality Capture Tool allows you to place real-world objects in VR. Using a webcam, green screen and broadcasting software you can capture footage of yourself and superimpose it in the virtual world.
Getting Started with the Mixed Reality Capture Tool
To set up the Mixed Reality Capture Tool:
  1. 2.
    Launch the app and click Get Started.
  2. 3.
    Review the terms and conditions and click Agree.
  3. 4.
    Click Rift S to begin setup.
  4. 6.
    Launch the Mixed Reality Capture app in your Rift S and click Search for Device.
  5. 7.
    Once the device is found click Calibrate Your Camera.
  6. 8.
    Select your webcam from the Current Camera menu and then click Begin Calibration.
  7. 9.
    Follow the onscreen instructions to calibrate your controller and then click Save to Headset.
  8. 10.
    Locate the game launcher on your computers hard drive. Example location: C:\Program Files\Oculus\Software. Create a shortcut of the launcher.
  9. 11.
    Right click the shortcut and click Properties.
  10. 12.
    In the field next to Target add "-mixedreality" to the end of the text in the box.
  11. 13.
    Launching the game from the shortcut should now open a split screen of your computer.
Setting Up Open Broadcaster Software
To use the Mixed Reality Capture Tool with Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS:
  1. 1.
    Follow the link from the capture tool to install the required OBS version.
  2. 2.
    Click Generate OBS Scene Collection and launch OBS.
  3. 3.
    From the top of OBS, click Scene Collection Menu > click Import. Pick the OBS Scene Collection file you saved. Once it's imported, go back to the Scene Collection Menu and select your file from the dropdown.
  4. 4.
    In the foreground and background layer, right click and click Filters > click Crop/Pad. Make sure you're selecting the background from the left side of the screen and the foreground from the right side of the screen.
  5. 5.
    If they look incorrectly sized, click on both layers and then click Transform > click Stretch to Screen.
  6. 6.
    Close out of this screen, right click on the foreground layer, click Filters > click Chroma Key. Make sure the dropdown Key Color Type matches the main background color .
Note: If you're noticing that there is latency between your movements and the ones being captured, you may need to adjust the Render Delay in OBS. To adjust this, right click on your video capture device and click Filters. Click Render Delay and make adjustments until the latency from your movements decreases.

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How do I turn audio mirroring on for my Oculus Rift S?
Audio mirroring on Oculus Rift S and Rift allows audio to be played from both VR and your computer at the same time.
To turn audio mirroring on:
  1. 1.
    Open the Oculus app on your PC Computer.
  2. 2.
    Select Devices in the left menu and click Rift S and Touch.
  3. 3.
    Use the toggles to select if you want to:
    • Hear VR audio from Computer: Your computer's speakers will play the same things you hear from your VR headset.
    • Hear Computer audio from VR:Your VR headset will play the same things you hear from your computer's speakers.
Notes:
  • Your Rift S or Rift headset must be plugged in during this process to successfully activate audio mirroring.
  • In order to use audio mirroring, your speakers should be set as default audio devices from within your Windows audio settings.

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