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What is the Oculus Rift system?

Oculus Rift is a virtual reality (VR) system. Once connected to your PC, this system (headset, controllers, and sensors) will enable you to move around virtual space in real time. It provides three-dimensional visuals and utilizes head tracking technology for an immersive experience.

Two system sets are available for 7-day checkout at the Hunter Library's Circulation desk. Visit our catalog to see if a system is presently available.

Faculty, staff, and students can use the Oculus Rift to facilitate experimentation, research, and play. After connecting the system components to your computer, downloading the software and creating an account, you can use it for the 7-day checkout period. Many games and “adventures” are available to download for free, and you may purchase others using your own payment from the Oculus Rift store.

Your PC must meet these minimum requirements:  A desktop computer running Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer, Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater, 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port., 8GB+ RAM memory and a dedicated graphics card NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater with 1.3 video output. Recommended specifications: In addition to the minimum spec it is recommended that your dedicated graphics card be capable of running current generation 3D games at 1080p resolution at 75fps or higher. An Oculus Rift compatibility check tool is available to see if your system can operate the systems.

Check to see if your system can run the software

Make sure your computer meets our recommended System Specifications. You can test your PC with our automated Rift Compatibility Tool. You will also find the recommended system specifications card in the box when you check out a set. You will need at least 8 GB of free space for the software.

You may need to take steps outside the Oculus software during this process, such as updating your graphics card (GPU) driver.

The setup process will take about up to 2 HOURS to complete even with a fast internet connection. We do NOT recommend downloading the software over wireless because it can take 8-10 hours.

Items included in the case:

1 virtual reality headset, 2 sensors, 2 controllers : black, in black rolling case 60 x 40 x 21 cm + 1 booklet and cloth

Installing the Oculus App on your PC

Download the Oculus app, and install it on your computer.

  1. Download Oculus Setup.

  2. Launch the OculusSetup.exe file after it finishes downloading.

  3. After the welcome screen, read and accept the Oculus Terms and Conditions.

  4. Read and accept the Health & Safety Warnings.

  5. Click Install Now.
    Note: If you get a Windows Security challenge, click Install.

  6. After installation finishes, click Next.

Note: If you have any issues or get an error message, see Rift Software Troubleshooting.

Creating your Oculus Account

If you already have an Oculus account—for instance, if you also have Gear VR—just sign in; if it is your first time, you'll need to create an account.

  1. Choose an Oculus username that you're OK with others seeing in social games or activities.

    • Your username is public. See the full Oculus Privacy Policy.

    • Your username can be between 2 and 20 characters long.

    • You can use certain special characters—a period (.), underscore (_), or dash (-)—but you can't use them at the beginning of your username, and you can't use two special characters in a row.

    • You can't use spaces in your username

  2. Enter your first and last name. Oculus Rift won't share your real name with others unless you choose that option in your privacy settings.

  3. Enter a valid email address when you can receive a confirmation link from Oculus Rift.

  4. Choose an Oculus password that's at least 8 characters long. Don't use spaces in your password.

  5. Take a moment now to check your email so you can verify your Oculus account. Click the link in the email they send you.

  6. After you verify your account, the Oculus screen will automatically update. Click Continue.

  7. Choose a profile picture. You can upload a photo or choose one of their pre-made avatars.
    Note: Your profile picture is public.

  8. Resize and confirm your profile picture.

  9. Choose privacy settings to control what others see about you in Oculus:

    • Real Name—your first and last name.
    • Real Name Search—check the checkbox to let others search for you by first and last name.
    • Activity—which app you're currently using, as well as whether you're using Rift or Gear VR.
    • Friend List—who you're friends with on Oculus.
  10. Add a payment method.

    • Although a credit card isn't necessary and some games and apps are free, a valid credit card is required to purchase games and apps. See Using the Oculus Store.

    • They accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

  11. Choose a 4-digit Oculus PIN. You'll need it to make purchases in the Oculus Store.
    Note: Your PIN is different from the Oculus password you chose a moment ago. Use your Oculus password to sign into the Oculus app and website.

  12. Save your PIN.

Content adapted from the Oculus Rift support site.

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