If you've picked up an HTC Vive over the past year, you'll have come to learn that correctly setting up your headset is a key factor towards a great VR experience. From sifting through the jungle of cables to calibrating tracking, the HTC Vive relies heavily on a wide range of technologies.
However, lens calibration is also a crucial part of the setup process. Although having a huge effect on the HTC Vive's image quality, it remains to be one of the less discussed factors. Here's how to sharpen your HTC Vive experience with these quick tweaks!
Although today's desktop VR is better than ever, there are still several technical limitations we're still yet to overcome when it comes to hardware. First generation VR headsets are plagued by the screen-door effect – leaving a visible grid of lines from the individual pixels on the display. For now, the current pixel density of these displays is to blame, adding a minor inconsistency to all images they display. This is set to improve with future VR systems but is something to watch out for when viewing fine details from a distance.
Readjust your headset's fit
Due to the design of the HTC Vive, incorrectly positioning your headset can be a common cause of general blurriness. Using convex lenses which focus the image to a single point, it's crucial to align your eyes accurately with the lenses.
Make sure that your headset is firmly attached to your face, making sure to align your eyes with the lenses. The headset should be tightly secured, resting comfortably above the bridge of your nose. For more information on correctly fitting your headset, take a look at our in-depth guide!
Change how you look
This isn't as weird as it sounds! An issue which frequently affects newcomers to VR is the inability to look around freely while still retaining clarity. With the HTC Vive's lenses creating a clear image at the center, you'll come to notice generally blurriness if looking around by moving your eyes.
Although it can feel somewhat unnatural at first, get in the mindset of moving your head rather than your eyes in VR. Looking forward can keep the image consistently clear and essentially removes blur entirely. Even though our eyes move for a reason, VR still isn't ready for it yet.
Adjust your lens spacing
For those who want the clearest image for their HTC Vive, changing the IPD value (Interpupillary Distance) is another often-overlooked step of the setup process. By changing the IPD, this adjusts the spacing between the headset's lenses to match the distance between your pupils. With an inbuilt adjustment knob, it's easy to change your IPD value on the fly! For more information on lens adjustment and its benefits, take a look at our guide!
What about you?
Have any other tips for improving your HTC Vive experience? Think you know how to make your HTC Vive even clearer? Make sure to let us know in the comments!