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Virtual Reality VR in Unity VR Setup Introduction and System Requirements

VR headset

What VR headsets are compatible to this course. At the present time spending $600 on a HTC VR set is not on my budget. Any suggestions?

1 Answer

You can use any VR head mounted display (HMD) that supports the OpenVR standard.....but as an owner of an Occulus Rift and a HTC Vive I will say if you are serious about this course, choose the Vive and save yourself some headache. Occulus broke the OpenVR wrapper to maintain their proprietary runtime. The only reason a Rift can interact with OpenVR based content at all is because Valve wrote drivers to support the Rift in their implementation for SteamVR. Here's a good read about it:

How Valve Puts SteamVR Games onto the Occulus Rift

So in a nutshell to use a Vive with this course all you need to worry about is having SteamVR up and running. While to use a Rift with this course you will have to:

  1. Have the Occulus runtime up and running.
  2. Have SteamVR running so your Rift can access the OpenVR drivers for it.
  3. Figure out on your own the differences in API commands for the Rift as this course teaches using a Vive.

Currently the Rift bundle is $399 and the Vive bundle is $499.