Oculus Sensor Review 

June 28, 2018
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Oculus Sensor Review

In the beginning, the Oculus Rift VR headset didn’t support room-scale tracking, but it has since embraced large-scale tracking, so you can enjoy a more immersive experience. The Oculus Sensor offers three hundred and sixty-degree tracking and impressive room-scale gaming. We’ll explain further how a single sensor can be used to create the ultimate virtual reality gaming experience, totaling up to a four-sensor setup, complete with the popular Oculus sensor mounts so you can cover every inch of your gaming room. 

Overview and Features 

Just when you think the Oculus system couldn’t get any bigger or badder they started selling the set with a couple of sensors. Even people who purchased the older version of the Oculus headset can purchase a single sensor and enjoy improved tracking. 

So, you may be wondering why or how this gaming system can add to your virtual reality experience and why you’d want to create a VR environment. First, a basic default setting often features just two sensors directly in front of you, which means you have to mainly play facing forward. With a more elaborate setup, the Oculus sensor, or sensors, allow you to physically turn three hundred and sixty degrees, making a huge difference in your gaming experience. Depending on how you decide to set up your gaming room, you can potentially achieve a larger tracking area, which means you’ll be able to physically walk around your gaming space for enhanced immersion. 

Setting Up the Oculus Sensor

If you want to configure your sensor for room tracking, you can easily get started using a couple of sensors.

For a two-sensor setup, you’ll need some light clips, an extension cord, and of course, two of the sensors. 

You can use the included Oculus instruction guide for a standard two sensor setup. Now, it’s all about the placement. 

Find a couple of corners of a square space with walls that will allow you to mount each of the sensors in opposite corners. We recommend the Fovitec – 2 x 7’6″ VR Gaming Lighthouse mount stand kit, which includes adjustable positioning and swivel mount devices. This allows you to move the mounts around to experiment and find the best location. They can also be easily broken down, so you can take them with you wherever you go. 

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The Base Reality Clamps for VR sensors. These mounts are perfect for both permanent or semi-permanent mounting. They’re easy to use, convenient, and can be placed anywhere, such as a door frame, the top of a desk, or a bookshelf. These clamp style mounts are very versatile. The clamps allow you to create a clear line of sight, so you can sync up your virtual reality gear. 

The Lighthouse mount stand kits should be about eight to ten feet apart. Any closer together and the tracking quality can be negatively affected. 

Next, take the sensor’s cable behind the hook, keeping the head of the sensor on the opposite side. The back of the sensor should obviously be placed against the wall. The sensor should be placed at an angle. The sensor located in the opposite corner will need a USB 3.0 extension cable. 

Software 

 Once you’re finished placing the sensors you’ll need to configure your entire setup using the included Oculus software program. To do, launch the software and go to devices, configure, and sensor setup. This portion of the program will contain prompts allowing you to accurately adjust the setup. 

Adding More Depth 

As you’re expanding your gaming environment, you may also want to add another layer to your VR setup. The SubPac M2X is an innovative audio system that can instantly boost your virtual reality audio experience. 

If you’d like to learn more, click here to read our guide on wearable VR tech. 

Upgrading Your Sensor Setup 

If you love the two-sensor setup but want to expand and add another one, you can enjoy even better tracking. 

Adding another sensor and mount you can follow the same procedure, mounting this new sensor in another corner. 

You can place this sensor approximately fourteen-feet away from the PC in a diagonal corner. The ability to move this additional sensor back allows you to really expand the tracking area. 

A fourth sensor is possible, but the manufacturer has stated that including a fourth sensor can cause a ton of issues. But, if you’re will experiment you should consider learning more about USB bandwidth balancing before you do. 

Our Sensor Setup Tips 

If you want to get the most out of the Oculus sensor setup, try testing your setup on tripods first, if you plan on wall mounting them. 

If you’re wondering which type of extension cable to buy, just make sure you use an active USB cable. Oculus actually recommend using a sixteen-foot extension cable, but if you’re using more than one of these sensors you’ll need to purchase more, depending on the size of your gaming room. 

If you’ve decided on a three-sensor setup, the manufacturer recommends that you plug two of the sensors into 3.0 USB ports, with one sensor plugged into a 2.0 USB port. For a two-device setup, plug both into 3.0 USB ports. 

Setting up the gaming room itself can be a challenge if you don’t have much room to spare. Additionally, if you have large objects or the room is particularly cluttered, you’ll need to make some changes in order to prevent any obstacles from interfering with the sensor’s signal to the computer. 

Pros

  • High-quality tracking experience 
  • Easy setup
  • Provides a more immersive gaming experience 

Cons 

  • You’ll need plenty of space to set up a large sensor system 
In the beginning, the Oculus Rift VR headset didn’t support room-scale tracking, but it has since embraced large-scale tracking, so you can enjoy a more immersive experience. The Oculus Sensor offers three hundred and sixty-degree tracking and impressive room-scale gaming. We’ll explain further how a single sensor can be used to create the ultimate virtual reality gaming experience, totaling up to a four-sensor setup, complete with the popular Oculus sensor mounts so you can cover every inch of your gaming room.  Overview and Features  Just when you think the Oculus system couldn’t get any bigger or badder they started selling the set with a couple of sensors. Even people who purchased the older version of the Oculus headset can purchase a single sensor and enjoy improved tracking.  So, you may be wondering why or how this gaming system can add to your virtual reality experience and why you’d want to create a VR environment. First, a basic default setting often features just two sensors directly in front of you, which means you have to mainly play facing forward. With a more elaborate setup, the Oculus sensor, or sensors, allow you to physically turn three hundred and sixty degrees, making a huge difference in your gaming experience. Depending on how you decide to set up your gaming room, you can potentially achieve a larger tracking area, which means you’ll be able to physically walk around your gaming space for enhanced immersion.  Setting Up the Oculus Sensor If you want to configure your sensor for room tracking, you can easily get started using a couple of sensors. For a two-sensor setup, you’ll need some light clips, an extension cord, and of course, two of the sensors.  You can use the included Oculus instruction guide for a standard two sensor setup. Now, it’s all about the placement.  Find a couple of corners of a square space with walls that will allow you to mount each of the sensors in opposite corners. We recommend the Fovitec - 2 x 7'6" VR Gaming Lighthouse mount stand kit, which includes adjustable positioning and swivel mount devices. This allows you to move the mounts around to experiment and find the best location. They can also be easily broken down, so you can take them with you wherever you go.  Or The Base Reality Clamps for VR sensors. These mounts are perfect for both permanent or semi-permanent mounting. They’re easy to use, convenient, and can be placed anywhere, such as a door frame, the top of a desk, or a bookshelf. These clamp style mounts are very versatile. The clamps allow you to create a clear line of sight, so you can sync up your virtual reality gear.  The Lighthouse mount stand kits should be about eight to ten feet apart. Any closer together and the tracking quality can be negatively affected.  Next, take the sensor’s cable behind the hook, keeping the head of the sensor on the opposite side. The back of the sensor should…

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Conclusion and Rating 

The Oculus sensor is designed for large room tracking, allowing you to enjoy a more immersive gaming experience. These sensors are incredibly easy to configure, thanks to the onscreen software prompts and guide, and they’re reasonably priced so you can afford a large tracking system if you have space. That’s the big downside, for a major sensor system, you’ll need enough room to move around, and of course, you need to remove any obstacles that are in the way that can affect the sensor’s tracking performance. We gave this sensor a rating of five out of five stars. Check Price

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