System Configurations

Sucuessful mixed reality capture requires a more performant system than is required by regular VR. This page contains sugguestions for mixed reality capture PC performance and system configurations.

General Performance Recommendations

There isn't a system or collection of components that is guaranteed to work with mixed reality capture. However, using a system with a high-performance motherboard with at least 16gb of RAM, SSDs for storage space, and a GTX 1080 or higher, is a good starting point for successful mixed reality capture.

System Configuration

To handle the bandwidth required for mixed reality capture, we recommend plugging the sensors into different USB locations. For example, the Oculus Ready Falcon Northwest Tiki (2017) - ASUS ROG STRIX Z270-I system could be configured as follows.

  • 1 sensor in ASMedia 2142 USB 3.1 back port.
  • 1 sensor and 1 camera in Intel USB 2.0 back ports.
  • 1 sensor and 1 HMD in the Intel USB 3.0 back ports.
  • Mouse/Keyboard in 2 Intel USB 3.0 ports on case.

Note that the sensors are plugged into different USB handlers, as are the HMD and external camera.

USB Expansion Cards

An exception to the generalization above is if you plan to use a USB expansion card, like the Startech Renesas 4 Port PCI Express (PCIe) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter w/ 4 Dedicated 5Gbps Channels. All three sensors and HMD can be plugged into this card when using mixed reality capture.

Compatible Cameras

Our camera calibration tool, introduced on the Camera Calibration page, can support any USB camera. However, using cameras with higher fidelity and performance result in higher-quality mixed reality capture scenes. HDMI cameras are supported if you connect them to the PC using a HDMI to USB dongle and plug into one of the USB ports as described above.

The following cameras have been effective with mixed reality capture:

  • Microsoft LifeCam Cinema
  • Logitech BRIO
  • ZED Camera

ZED Camera Support

If you plan to use the ZED Stereo Camera for Mixed Reality Capture, please review the Getting Started document provided by Stereo Labs for information about installing the required software.