The Oculus Rift has a Guardian system that you can manually set in the Rift's setup. This system keeps you from smashing into walls or your desk by displaying a virtual grid when you get near a spot you shouldn't be. The standard system does a suitable job by creating a square or rectangular playing space, but many people want to be able to customize the border to get around tables, chairs, and other obstacles.
Reddit user NeoZeroo has created a piece of third-party software called Guardian Boundary Editor that lets you tweak the Rift Guardian's boundaries to your content. Here's how to set it up and how to manually set up your borders.
How to download and install Guardian Boundary Editor
Before anything else, we need to get the software downloaded and installed.
- Navigate to the emuvr Guardian Boundary Editor download page.
- Click Save.
Click Open folder.
- Right-click Guardian Boundary Editor.
Click Extract files.
- Choose an extraction location and hit Enter on your keyboard. Steps 5 and 6 could change based on the unzipping tool you use.
Double-click the GuardianBoundaryEditor folder that's been unzipped.
- Right-click GuardianBoundaryEditor.
Click Run as administrator.
Guardian Boundary Editor will launch, but you don't want to tweak any settings yet. We want to go through the standard Guardian setup in Oculus Home to ensure it's set up properly.
How to set up your Rift's Guardian
Before starting with Guardian Boundary Editor, you want to make sure your Rift's standard Guardian is all set up.
- Launch Oculus Home from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
Click the gear button in the top-right corner of the window.
- Click Settings.
- Click Configure Rift.
Click Guardian System.
Follow the steps on the screen to set up your Rift's Guardian. You'll eventually arrive at a point where you place the Rift on your head and have the sensors scan your position. When you remove your headset following the scan, the Guardian Boundary Editor should automatically be at the forefront of your screen.
How to manually adjust your Rift Guardian's boundaries
Now that you've installed and launched Guardian Boundary Editor and set the standard Rift Guardian in Oculus Home, you're ready to customize your boundaries. It's pretty straightforward, and the instructions are printed to the left of the boundary display.
What we found worked best was removing as many points as possible by selecting them with a left click and hitting Delete on your keyboard. Note that you can also select multiple points by holding Shift and left clicking and dragging.
When you're satisfied with the custom boundary, you can set it in concrete:
- Click the Apply to Oculus Settings button at the bottom-left corner of the window.
Click Yes. Oculus Home will restart and your new Guardian should be in place.
A version of the custom Guardian you just set will be saved for later use. You can import and export versions of the boundary.
- Click Export.
Type a name for the boundary setup.
- Click Save. This file can now be imported anytime.
- Click a boundary file.
Likewise, you can save all Oculus settings — not just the boundary settings — in a file to be implemented later.
- Click Create.
Type a name for the settings file.
- Click Save. This file can now be restored at any time.
- Click a settings file.
- Click Open.
Your experience with custom Guardian boundaries
Have you tried out this awesome tool? How did it go? Let us know in the comments section!
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