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10 Tips For Making The Best VR Room Setup

If you want to make a safe and secure place to enjoy the best VR experience then check out these tips for the best VR room setup.

Virtual Reality isn't just a theory on a napkin anymore, nor is it so expensive that only the very rich can afford the hardware and setup. The technology has a myriad of applications, including classroom and training simulators, but the real money is in the gaming aspect of VR.

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Although there will likely be more to choose from in the future, there are currently three main types of VR systems available on the regular retail market. Most of the following hints and hacks for optimizing your VR space will be general information that can apply to any system, while others will be more specific.

10 Choose Your Device

The Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and the Playstation 4 VR bundle are the three types of VR consoles you'll currently see in retail catalogs and as demonstration set-ups in department stores.

The HTC VIVE is the most expensive, retailing for about $800. The Oculus Rift is about $600, and tack on an extra $100 if you want the Touch option. The PS4 is the most affordable at a mere $400, but there's an extra $50 to pay if you want the PS camera.

9 Choose Your Room
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The exact space you need depends on the requirements of your VR hardware. The HTC VIVE needs the most space, with a height requirement of 2 meters, but the sensors can be placed almost anywhere, making the overall space more versatile.

The needs of the Oculus Rift depend on the height of the user, and its sensors come with adjustable stands. The PS4 VR only needs about a meter and a half and conveniently sits on top of your TV.

8  Furnishings and Other Needs
A promotional image for Oculus Rift S, available only on PC

There are other details to consider in your VR room, other than the size. Every VR device needs at least one square meter of open space to run the game, while some games demand even more.

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Any kind of reflective surface can interfere with your sensors, so mirrors or glass tables should also be in another room. If your VR room has windows, ensure they also have heavy drapes.

7 Safety Considerations

That couch and easy chair might be great for console gaming but that's not the case with VR systems. The minimum space for most systems is about one square meter. It's not just about safety, it's about optimizing your gaming space.

Any kind of obstacle can be a danger to you and your VR equipment, so the room should be clear of potted plants, chairs, or other bits of loose furniture. A ceiling fan might also prove hazardous depending on the game and the player's height and flexibility.

6 Some Notes About Cables

Each VR console has a headset that is attached by a cable, so make sure that there's nothing between you and your VR console. When you buy your equipment, the system will come with certain essentials, but there are extensions and extra cables available separately if you need them.

Your VR room might have an unconventional shape or maybe you want to try something more complex with your sensor set-up, making extra peripherals and hardware essential.

5 Floor Design

You don't think about the floor in your VR room, but it's a crucial feature. We touched on the importance of clearing the space of reflective surfaces, so if you have a marble or tiled floor that tends to reflect light, it could present a problem.

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Keep in mind that VR games require actual physical movement, so a surface that's comfortable for running, jumping, or crawling is ideal. A thick carpet is the most obvious solution but interlocking foam tiles that you can adjust depending on the space you need is an even better choice.

4 Sensor Placement
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Once all of that is out of the way, we can get to the fun and important stuff, placing the sensors. How much work this will be depends on which console you have.

The PS4 has the easiest set-up, which consists of a single sensor that can go anywhere as long as it can see the player. The Oculus Rift and the HTC VIVE have two sensors and it's recommended that they be placed in opposite corners of the room.

3 Two Sensors Versus Three
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You might be a player that has invested in a more advanced set-up. The Oculus Rift and the HTC VIVE have a basic package of two sensors but that can be upgraded to three, and that extra sensor can add a whole other dimension to your VR gameplay provided you have the hardware to run it.

Three sensors result in a larger play area and more detailed graphics, so bear in mind you'll need to adjust your gaming space accordingly if you decide to use three sensors.

2 Make It Social

Sure, VR has a lot of great stuff for two players, but why play with just one other person? While you're at it, invite a few people over as both players and spectators and create a space in your VR room to accommodate them.

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This might present some safety issues, as your guests need a place to relax that won't interfere with your gameplay. This is when a VR warning track is handy. It's an electronic barrier that will warn you if you're about to step across it into an unsafe area.

1 Wall Mounts and Other Advanced Options

More experienced VR users or those who just want to get a running start might need some extra accessories.

USB extension cables are one example, but remember to check and see if you need USB 3.0 or 2.0 when you're buying them. Wall mounts are necessary if you want to fasten your camera to an elevated spot like a pillar or part of the ceiling, which is essential if you plan on using more than three sensors.

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