Get the most out of your HTC Vive with these five quick tips!
While you might be using your HTC Vive on a daily basis, the headset comes packed with dozens of hidden features you might not be aware of. Between a growing community and support from software giant, Valve, the platform now has more potential than ever before.
We've brought together our top tips for the best VR experience, ranging from hidden features to sanitary advice. If you've got your hands on the HTC Vive, these are the five things you should try today!
Don't go in blind
Adjust your lens spacing
If you followed the HTC Vive's quick setup guide, you'll have likely glossed over the headset's lens adjustment capabilities. Using the IPD (interpupillary distance) knob, located at the bottom of right of the headset, the headset's lens spacing can be increased or decreased based your personal requirements.
This will adjust the positioning of both the HTC Vive's displays to provide the most accurate image quality for your vision. If you're experiencing any issues with the headset's scaling or image quality, make sure set your IPD correctly for the best VR experience possible.
For more information on how to accurately adjust your lens spacing, make sure to take a look at our guide!
Pair your phone to your headset
If you've owned your HTC Vive from some time now, it's likely you've been welcomed back to the real world with a flood of phone notifications. While many use virtual reality as a way to disconnect from life, sometimes you just can't afford to miss that important phone call.
Luckily, you're not the only one worried by this, as proven by the HTC Vive's official mobile companion app. After setting up the app, all of your phone's incoming notifications will be instantly handed off to your headset's display. As of right now, the application is available for iOS and Android devices as a free download. After only a short few minutes of setup, you'll never have to apologise to your boss for your zombie fighting obsession.
Keep your HTC Vive clean
If you own an HTC Vive it's almost certain you've let someone else have a look at what the hardware offers. However, as you pass the headset around your friends and family, have you considered how dirty it can get?
The best way of keeping your HTC Vive germ-free is by cleaning the headset's removable accessories, including the face cushion and nose pad. Using water and a clean cloth, make sure to wipe down these prime spots. Down forget to wipe off the controllers and base stations gathering dust around the room!
For more information on correctly cleaning your HTC Vive make sure to take a look at our guide!
A splash of color
Customize your HTC Vive accessories
While it might be cool to slap a coat of paint over traditional controllers, it's not quite as enticing if you can't actually see them. This is where SteamVR's in-built skinning comes in rather conveniently, providing a way to keep both your controllers and base stations looking sleek in virtual reality.
With the current tools available, accessories can be re-textured with community created skins. These can be downloaded for no additional cost directly through the Steam Workshop. On top of your accessories, SteamVR's background can also receive a makeover with the Workshop's collection of 360-degree wallpapers.
- How to apply skins to your HTC Vive controllers
- How to apply skins to your HTC Vive base stations
- How to set custom backgrounds on the HTC Vive
Pushing the boundaries
Play Oculus Rift games on your HTC Vive
While SteamVR has managed to deliver hundreds of games to the HTC Vive, not every major release has made its way to the headset. With the headset's closest competitor, the Oculus Rift, also getting its own handful of exclusives, it's become frustrating to find out your most anticipated titles locked behind different hardware.
Revive is a third-party application that hopes to combat this, by adapting Oculus exclusive titles to run on the HTC Vive headset. While you won't be able to take advantage of HTC Vive exclusive features (such as motion controllers), you'll be receiving an identical experience to using an Oculus Rift itself. For more information on getting started with Revive, make sure to take a look at our step-by-step walkthrough!
What about you?
Do you have any additional HTC Vive tips you couldn't live without? Make sure to share them in the comments section below!