Whether you're dealing with phones overheating, sensor placement issues, or the hardware inside your PC not running up to snuff, it's crucial to the overall VR experience that you get your hardware running smoothly. For the second day of VR tech tips, we're offering up a collection of tips and tricks that will indeed have you basking in an optimized virtual world. Let's get started!

Phone-based VR

There's somewhat less to worry about when it comes to performance issues on phone-based VR compared to the PC-based stuff, but that doesn't mean there aren't some helpful tips to get the best experience possible.

You'll definitely want to close most running apps on your phone before diving into a VR experience, as there's no sense in dividing the internal hardware's attention. Turning down the screen brightness will no doubt help with battery life and heat, which can be a nagging issue. If you're running a Daydream View, you can try out a heatsink to help with keeping your phone cool.

If you're thinking about grabbing a new phone in the near future, have a look at these guides to help determine which is best for you (and for VR).

PlayStation VR

Rather than just charging up a phone and popping it into a headset, PSVR requires a bit of precision when setting up. Most importantly, you have to be sure that everything is plugged into the right spot which, on PSVR, can be kind of confusing at first. You also want to be sure that you have plenty of space, as you're going to be flailing around with Move controllers in hand. On that note, it's important to get perfect camera placement. Without, your movements likely won't be precisely tracked, leading to a frustrating time.

Now that everything is set up as it should be, it's time to power on the PSVR head-mounted display (HMD). Need to update? No problem; the process is quick and easy. With the headset on, you might notice that the image is blurry. There are a few fixes here, which we've laid out for you. Finally, headset and controller tracking could be an issue. For a solution — and for far more help — check out our full PSVR troubleshooting guide.

HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality

PC-based VR is undoubtedly the most finicky, but the payoff is absolutely worth any issues you might run into. Before getting into the actual VR headsets, it's important to get your PC running as well as possible. VR games and experiences mostly require a lot of power to run properly, so start here.

You'll likely have some long cables to contend with while in VR, but there are some tips, tricks, and third-party solutions that can keep you from tripping.

Your PC is running smoothly, and it's time to set up your VR system, whether HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Windows Mixed Reality (WMR).

HTC Vive

The Vive's lighthouse sensors likely require the most attention, as they must be set up with precision to ensure a comfortable tracking experience.

Now it's time to make sure your controllers are paired, everything fits properly, and you're getting a clear image through the Vive's lenses.

If you're experiencing any further issues, be sure to have a look at our extensive troubleshooting guide dedicated to the HTC Vive.

Oculus Rift

Like the Vive, the Rift's sensors require careful attention when getting set up, especially if you're working with three (or even four) sensors for a room-scale experience.

Everything is set up, your headset is tracking well, and you're anxious to get into VR. A proper fit is not only comfortable, it will also provide you with a clear image.

Experiencing an issue that won't let you enjoy VR? Be sure to have a look at our in-depth Oculus Rift troubleshooting guide for more help.

Windows Mixed Reality

WMR doesn't require extra external sensors for tracking, making the setup relatively quick and painless. There are, however, still some tips to follow to get the best experience possible.

As with the Vive and Rift, we've put together a troubleshooting guide to help with some of the most common issues you'll experience with WMR.

HTC Vive


HTC Vive


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