How do I fix my Oculus Touch controllers?

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Oculus and their amazing Touch controllers don't quite have all the wrinkles ironed out, but that doesn't stop them from being a boatload of fun. To get you back to Rifting with your hands, here's how to fix common issues you might encounter when using Oculus Touch.

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If you've exhausted all fixes and are at the point of exasperation, you can always contact Oculus support.

Oculus Touch not detected during sensor reset

When resetting sensor tracking within the Oculus app, you might be presented with an error that says "We couldn't save your position" — this is especially common when setting up room-scale Rifting with three sensors. The cause of this problem might be that not all of your sensors can see your Touch controllers.

First, try moving your Touch controllers around and reposition your body so that all three sensors can see the controllers. If this doesn't work, you'll want to run a full setup again instead of just the "Reset Sensor Tracking" option.

  1. Launch the Oculus app from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click the gear button near the top-right corner of the window.

    Launch the Oculus app. Click the gear button.

  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Devices.

    Click Settings. Click Devices.

  5. Click Configure Rift.
  6. Click Run Full Setup.

    Click Configure Rift. Click Run Full Setup.

  7. Click Rift and Touch.
  8. Click Next.

    Click Rift and Touch. Click Next.

  9. Click Skip until you arrive at the Oculus Touch setup.
  10. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

    Click Skip. Click Next.

Now that you've run through the full setup, your Touch controllers should have no problem being detected.

Right-hand controller tracking issues

A few Oculus Touch users have noticed that the right-hand controller is sometimes plagued by a tracking issue above and beyond the sensors losing sight of it for a few seconds. If you think you're experiencing something like this, try holding the controller about three feet from a sensor and moving it around. If the tracking still isn't right, you'll need to go deeper.

The next step is to pull the battery out of your Touch controller for a few seconds before reinserting it. For whatever reason, giving it a power reset can fix the tracking problem.

If, after pulling out and reinserting the battery, your right-hand controller is still having a tracking problem, you can use the Reset Sensor Tracking tool within the Oculus app on your PC.

  1. Launch the Oculus app from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click the gear button near the top-right corner of the window.

    Launch the Oculus app. Click the gear button.

  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Devices.

    Click Settings. Click Devices.

  5. Click Configure Rift.
  6. Click Reset Sensor Tracking.

    Click Configure Rift. Click Reset Sensor Tracking.

  7. Click Next once your USB sensors have been tested.
  8. Click Next again and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

    Click Next. Click Next.

How to replace your batteries

Securing your head-mounted display and grabbing your Touch controllers only to find that one of them (or both! Gasp!) is dead is a pain. We have a handy guide on getting the most out of your batteries, but here's how to replace them when they're already dead.

  1. Place your thumb firmly against the down arrow on the grip of the controller. If you've been using your controllers for awhile, putting a cloth between your thumb and the controller can give you better traction on the now-slick surface.

    Place your thumb against the down arrow.

  2. Pull or push down, away from the trigger. You'll notice there is a bit of spring to the clasp.

    Pull or push away from the trigger.

  3. Pull the bottom (+) of the battery out first or it will get stuck — tight spaces!

    Pull the bottom of the battery out first.

  4. Place a new battery in the compartment.
  5. Replace the cover by sliding it up toward the trigger.

How to get the most out of your Oculus Touch batteries

Playing 360-degree room-scale games with two sensors

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Now that your Touch controllers have arrived, you probably want to get to gaming in every corner of your room. If you've tried it with only the original sensor and the extra sensor included with the Touch controllers, you probably noticed some seriously buggy tracking.

With two sensors, you're only set up for 180-degree gaming. For true 360-degree room-scale gaming, Oculus recommends grabbing a third sensor, and we don't disagree.

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However, you can set up your two sensors in a way that will almost emulate having a third sensor. You will no doubt experience some buggy tracking, but it's better than nothing.

If you're able, attempt to mount your sensors somewhere higher than your desk. Not only will they not be bumped around as much, they can see more of the room. Pro tip: try mounting your sensors with your Vive lighthouses.

You also want to space the two sensors as far apart as possible — about fifteen feet is as far as you want to go. If they're more than six feet apart, you will be notified when you run the Touch setup, but you can choose to proceed anyway.

For more information about setting up room-scale Rifting with the recommended three sensors, we have a great guide with everything you need. You can also check out our guide to using Desk Scene if you'd like to see exactly what your sensors are seeing.

Everything you need to know about room-scale Rifting

How to check your Oculus sensor's view and boundary with Desk Scene

How to fix Rift USB issues

Some Rift users have had problems in the past with the USB ports on their PC being incompatible. You might have been OK with just the one sensor and headset USB, but now that you have one or two extra sensors, this problem might have crept up.

As a fix, you can grab a PCIe to USB 3.0 expansion card for about $30. This is likely the best scenario for anyone who already has a PC built or who doesn't want to pick up a new motherboard.

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If you are in the process of building a new PC for virtual reality, you can check out our list of Rift-compatible motherboards.

Check out the motherboards that will fix Rift USB issues

How to fix a moving Guardian system

Have you ever removed your Rift after a play session, let it sit for awhile, and noticed that the Guardian parameters were off when you returned at a later time? You're not alone.

While there isn't a concrete cause for this problem, there are a few measures you can take to get your Guardian system back where it should be.

First, if your PC went to sleep while you set your Rift aside, your sensors might not turn back on or sync properly when you pull your PC from its slumber. Try closing the Oculus app completely. Once you restart it, your sensors will sync back up and you might find your Guardian system to be back where it should be.

If restarting the Oculus app doesn't work, you can try going into the Settings menu to reconfigure the Guardian system.

  1. Launch the Oculus app from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click the gear button near the top-right corner of the window.
  3. Click Settings.

    Click the gear button. Click Settings.

  4. Click Devices.
  5. Click Configure Rift.

    Click Devices. Click Configure Rift.

  6. Click Guardian System.
  7. Click Next and follow the on-screen instruction to complete the Guardian setup.

    Click Guardian System. Click Next.

For more information on how to configure your virtual walls properly, check out our guide to getting the most from Guardian.

See how to get the best Guardian setup for Oculus Touch