Here at ROTU we're big fans of the HTC Vive. We've learned a few tricks to streamlining the virtual reality experience, while playing our favorite games after a long days work of developing next level VR content. If you own one, or are thinking about getting a Vive, keep these tips in mind.
1. A clean headset is a happy headset - buy yourself a VR Cover to keep skin and dirt off; they're machine washable 👍 Otherwise, at least keep a stash of baby wipes on hand.
2. Use light/photography stands to mount your base stations - figuring out how to mount the base stations isn't so obvious. You can mount them to your wall, among other methods, but we've found that the stands are conveniently easy to adjust and move.
3. Buy yourself a nice pair of headphones - while the included earbuds aren't that bad, the real fun comes from being fully immersed in the experience. It's really worth upgrading to a pair of headphones with a good soundstage.
4. Make use of Chaperone mode - when this nifty feature is activated the front facing camera is used to create an outline of the objects in your room so you don't bump into them. Choose beginner, intermediate or advanced modes to make the lines subtler and less intrusive. You can turn it off later when you get familiar with your space.
5. Disable Notifications - they might be useful if you're planning on joining someone for a multi-player game, but otherwise you're going to want to enable the Do Not Disturb feature so you can stay fully immersed in your experience.
6. Mirror your audio - if you have friends over, don't leave them out of the fun! There's an option to mirror the audio in your headphones to your speakers, so everyone else can watch what you're doing on your computer screen, and hear it as well.