25 Aug 14
Can’t Run Anything? Unofficial VR Game Manager To The Rescue
I received my Oculus Rift DK2 a few days ago and while it lives up to the hype, getting applications, demos and applications to run on it requires a bit of tweaking before anything plays correctly. From opening task manager, ending processes and the resetting (on god the reseating) getting a specific game to run correctly is a bit of a process.
For example, here is a guide to run Elite Dangerous correctly on the DK2 provided by the OculusVR forums:
- Download the runtime and (optional) SDK
- Set up the Rift by following the instructions …
- Make sure you update the firmware.
- Test using the small room demo and / or oculus world using direct mode.
- If they work, calibrate your IPD and tracking zone using the config app and small room. I find putting the camera on the back wall and moving the desk forward allows for more wiggle room.
- If everything is cool, switch to extended mode inside the config app. For the moment keep the monitor set to primary.
- Not sure about AMD, but for NVIDIA cards you will need to change the orientation of the screen, so that it appears the correct way round. This can be done in the NVIDIA control panel. Whilst you are in there, create a 3d settings profile for ED and set antialiasing and triple buffering to on.
- Lastly in the NVIDIA control panel, set the Rift refresh rate to 75 hz.
- Ok now open up the oculus config file again and hit Ctrl , Alt and Del. in task manager, close wscrip.exe and ovservice.exe in processes.
- If its NOT Elite Dangerous you are wanting to play at this point, you will need to set the rift now as the primary monitor. If its Elite Dangerous you want, just open the game.
- In options / graphics make sure the refresh rate is set to 75 hz and v sync is on. Switch to oculus mode and set display to secondary monitor.
- Once in game, lean back in your chair and hit F12 to reset the rift and avoid clipping. If you are still not happy, move your desk away from the wall and reset again. (Assuming you have the camera mounted in the wall behind the desk.)
Hopefully this is just a problem that comes with the development kit and will be ironed out when the consumer version of the Rift is released. It is problematic for DK2 owners who can’t fully utilize their new DK2 units and for developers who have to worry if users are able to run their demos and other projects they’re working on.
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It manages the settings for multiple VR apps and demos. If you just got your DK2 or if you are tired of playing around with setting be sure to give this a try.
The manager is simple and easy to use and requires little computer knowledge. You can add games by either clicking on the “Add” button or drag and drop the executable file and set a name. After you add a game, pick the options required to run it and select “Save Launch Settings”. Now you can launch into that specific demo or app without have to reset any of the settings. Along with the ability to save settings The Unofficial VR Game Manager also includes an Oculus Share Browser where you can directly download anything currently on Oculus Share.
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Download The Unofficial VR Game Manager
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