If you've managed to bring together the funds needed for an HTC Vive, it's likely that you're looking to protect your purchase. With the HTC Vive's controllers being such a key component of the experience, here are our tips for keeping them in shape!
Clean your controllers
If you've spent time with any video game controllers, you'll know just how much dirt can build up over time. While VR owners often go out of their way to keep foam headset pads clean, cleaning your HTC Vive's controllers is often less of a priority.
When cleaning your controllers, we recommend using a non-abrasive, alcohol-free antibacterial wipe to remove a majority of grime on the controller's surface. While a clean cloth can also be used, antibacterial wipes do a better job of removing surface dirt, rather than just displacing it. As an alternative, rubbing alcohol can also be used in conjunction with a microfiber cloth to clean the controllers.
To clean out some of the HTC Vive's smaller seams and cracks, cover your fingernail with an antibacterial wipe and run this down the sides of the controller. For smaller cavities, a thin object such as a toothpick is best for hooking dirt from the controller. Make sure to refrain from using sharp objects when cleaning your controller to prevent scratches on the outer casing.
Unless you're highly confident with electronics, do not open an HTC Vive controller as this will void its warranty.
Make sure to take a look at our comprehensive HTC Vive cleaning guide!
Storing your HTC Vive
When storing your HTC Vive controllers, look for a cool, dry place that will prevent any unwanted damage to the controller. This will keep dust and dirt away from your controllers, leaving them ready for use when they're next booted up. Assuming your controllers are stored alongside your headset, try to keep your storage space out of direct sunlight. With the HTC Vive's concave lenses concentrating light to a single point, direct sunlight can damage the headset's display.
Between the weight of the headset and controllers, also make sure the storage solution can hold the weight of your HTC Vive. It's become increasingly common to hang the headset from objects in your house, but this can lead to some nasty drops.
Use silicone skins with your HTC Vive
If you're worried about external controller damage, consider pairing your HTC Vive with a set of silicone skins from Hyperkin. While the HTC Vive is still in its early days on the market, Hyperkin's range of skins not only protect your controllers from the elements but also add a personal flair.
As of right now, the firm offers skins for both the controllers and headset in five color variations. These are priced at $19.99 for a pair of controller skins and $14.99 for headset protection.
Have any other tips?
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