How do I get the best fit from my VR headset?

In VR, everything revolved around your headset fitting well. Putting the head-mounted display (HMD) on your head properly is half the battle. You don't want it mashed against your face, hurting your cheeks and forehead, and you don't want it loose enough to slip off and smash on the ground when you get into the heat of battle.

Elastic straps, velcro, and cables are what we're dealing with here as we take a look at how to fit your HMD.

How to get the best fit with Oculus Rift

Before fitting the Rift, those of you with long hair should use elastics to keep it at bay. Take a look at the Rift's strap orientation to determine where exactly your hair should be going. You don't want a ponytail or bun at the back of your head, as that's where the straps meet.

  1. Loosen all Velcro fasteners.

    Loosen all Velcro fasteners.

  2. Pull each strap away from the display. They shouldn't pull through to the point where they detach.

    Pull each strap away from the display.

  3. Flip the built-in headphones up and away from the straps.

    Flip up the built-in headphone.

  4. Place the display against your face.

    Place the display against your face.

  5. Pull the straps down over the sides and back of your head. The side straps should be sitting horizontally.

    Pull the straps down over your head.

  6. Tighten and fasten the side straps simultaneously. Don't go too tight!

    Tighten and fasten the two side straps.

  7. Tighten and fasten the top strap. Don't tighten it so much that you feel the strap pull away from the back of your head.

    Tighten and fasten the top strap.

  8. Flip the headphones down and position them over your ears.

    Flip the headphones down.

You'll know you have a good fit when the Rift doesn't feel like it's being supported by your nose or cheeks. The weight should be held by the straps.

Now that you have the Rift on your head, you'll want to adjust the interpupillary distance. While looking at an image in the display, use the knob on the underside of the HMD to adjust until you can see clearly and don't feel any strain on your eyes.

If you experience blurriness in either eye, hold the Rift in both hands and adjust it on your face until you can see clearly.

How to get the best fit with HTC Vive

Vive users with long hair probably already know the struggle of fitting an HMD. Take a look at the orientation of the Vive's straps and figure out where the best place is for a ponytail or bun. You'll want to keep the majority of your hair away from the back of your head, as that's where the straps meet.

  1. Loosen all Velcro fasteners.

    Loosen all Velcro fasteners.

  2. Pull each strap away from the display. You might have to feed the cable through the back strap.

    Pull each strap away from the display.

  3. Place the display against your face.

    Place the display against your face.

  4. Pull the straps down over the sides and back of your head. The side straps should be sitting horizontally.

    Pull the straps down over your head.

  5. Tighten and fasten the side straps simultaneously. You don't want to go too tight — this will cause facial pain!

    Tighten and fasten the side straps.

  6. Tighten and fasten the top strap. Don't go so tight that you feel the back strap pull away from your head.

    Tighten and fasten the top strap.

  7. Pull any excess cable through the strap, but allow a bit of slack.

    Pull excess cable through the strap.

This should deliver the best fit your your HTC Vive. Feel free to tweak it a little bit depending on how it feels — you want the straps supporting the weight, rather than your nose and cheeks.

It's now time to adjust the eye relief on your Vive. While looking at an image in the Vive, pull the gray rings away from the HMD and turn them in or out. You should notice the picture getting clearer or blurrier. When you reach a point you're comfortable with, push the gray rings back in to lock the eye relief in place.

Adjust the eye relief.

The Vive also features interpupillary adjustments. Rotate the knob on the side of your HMD — you'll see a set of measurements pop up in your display — until you can see clearly and don't feel any strain on your eyes. If you want to go a step further, take a ruler and measure the distance between your pupils. You can then set it properly thanks to the displayed measurements in your Vive.

IPD adjuster.

How to get the best fit with Samsung Gear VR

Because Gear VR is lighter than the other HMDs, you can kind of mash it over your long hair and still have it work -- at least that's what I've found. Still, for best results, put your hair in a ponytail or bun and feed it through an area where the straps don't sit.

  1. Loosen both Velcro fasteners on the side straps.

    Loosen both Velcro fasteners on the side straps.

  2. Loosen one Velcro fastener on the top strap.

    Loosen one Velcro fastener on the top strap.

  3. Pull each strap away from the display.

    Pull all straps away from the display.

  4. Place the display against your face.

    Place the display against your face.

  5. Pull the straps down over the sides and back of your head. The side straps should be sitting horizontally.

    Pull the straps down.

  6. Tighten and fasten the side straps simultaneously. Don't pull so tight that it's uncomfortable against your face.

    Tighten and fasten the side straps.

  7. Tighten and fasten the top strap. Don't go so tight that you feel the back strap pull away from your head.

    Tighten and fasten the top strap.

You should now have a nice fit from your Samsung Gear VR. The straps should be supporting the weight of the HMD, rather than your nose and cheeks. The Gear VR is lighter than the Rift and Vive, so you shouldn't have as much of a problem with this happening.

While looking into the display, use the wheel on top of the Gear VR to move the lenses in and out. When the picture becomes clear, stop rotating! That's all there is to it.

Eye relief wheel.

How does your HMD fit?

Have you had any problems getting your HMD to fit properly on your head? Those of you with long hair: do you struggle with finding a proper fit? Let us know in the comments section below!