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Oculus Rift CV1 Unboxing & First Impressions

By: Anthony Garreffa | VR in Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 17, 2016 10:25 am

Getting the Oculus Rift set up and running is even easier, and slicker looking than the previous DK1 and DK2 headsets. The hardware side of things is easy, as you need three USB 3.0 ports free, and a free USB 2.0 port.

 

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You'll need an HDMI 1.3 or higher port for the Rift itself, with a USB port from the same cable splitting with a Y-splitter cable. Next, you'll need to plug in the camera sensor into a spare USB port, as well as the Xbox One wireless dongle. Once you've got all of this plugged in, it's time to begin the software process.

 

 

The software process is kicked off by visiting the Oculus website and downloading the Rift software. After you've downloaded the software, you're one step closer to a new reality.

 

 

The Long, But Thorough Setup Process

 

The setup procedure once you have the software is much longer than I expected, but it's not as long as what I've seen from the HTC Vive - thanks to its 17-part package, and the two Lighthouse controllers and sensors, and all of the accessories required to get it up and running.

 

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You get to choose your own profile picture, which is a nice touch - and it makes your experience personal. You can even upload a picture if you don't want to be a weird alien or whatever.

 

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The privacy settings are nice and clear, where you can reveal your real name, the activity on your account, and your friend's list.

 

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Now, it's time to set your Rift up! Prepare your Rift, sensor, remote, and controller by taking them out of the packaging and preparing them all for setup.

 

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Oculus wants you to get to know your Rift - and they're right, do not expose the lenses to direct sunlight, and be careful with it - this is an expensive piece of technology.

 

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Here's what you'll need to connect to your PC - the HDMI cable, and two USB 3.0 cables (one for the headset, and the other for the sensor).

 

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Next up, you'll need to pull the plastic tab from your Oculus remote, and then press the center button.

 

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Oculus provides a quick guide on how to use your remote to navigate VR and access the Universal Menu.

 

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Before using the Oculus remote, I had to update the firmware, which the software did for me.

 

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Setting up your Xbox One wireless controller isn't hard. You need to plug the wireless adapter in, install the included AA batteries into the Xbox One controller, and you're most of the way there.

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