How to Set Up and Configure Your Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 DK2

How to Set Up and Configure Your Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 DK2
Remember to check out our list of Oculus Rift VR games and the Oculus Rift Demos, which include full instructions on how to set them up. But first, let's get the Oculus DK2 going:

See Also: Oculus 1.3 does work with the DK2

Step 1 - Install Software and Drivers

  • You first need to create a developer account at Oculus in order to grab your files.
    Create account and download drivers
  • Install the following:
    Oculus Runtime
    Oculus SDK
    Oculus Unity Tuscany Demo (Used to test the Oculus)
    ** Reboot when prompted **
  • Run the newly installed shortcut “Oculus Service”

Step 2 - Set Up the Headset

Remove the cover on the front of the headset to make sure that the cable is securely inserted into the ports on the front of the headset. Please replace the door on the front of the headset.

DO NOT place stickers or anything else on the front of the headset that could obstruct the LEDs, as this may impact performance.
This means none of this

Step 3 - Connect Headset Cable to Computer

Unwrap the cable that is attached to the headset. The end of the headset cable has an HDMI connector and a USB connector. Plug both the HDMI connector and the USB connector into your computer.

If your computer does not have an HDMI interface but does have a DVI interface, use the included DVI to HDMI adapter to connect the HDMI to the DVI port.
For my testing I used the HDMI input.

Step 4 - Connect Positional Tracker Cables

Attach the sync and USB cables to the positional tracker.

Positional tracker sync cable - Insert one end of the sync cable to the top connector on the right side of the positional tracker with the positional tracker facing you. Connect the other end of the sync cable to the cable connector box on the headset cable.

Positional tracker USB cable - Insert the mini USB end of the positional tracker USB cable to the lower connector on the right side of the positional tracker. Connect the other end of the positional tracker USB cable to one of the USB ports on the computer.

Step 5 - Attach Positional Tracker to the Tripod or Monitor

The positional tracker is used for tracking the position of the headset in 3D space.

Attach the positional tracker to a tripod or the top of your monitor, or rest it on your desk. Make sure the positional tracker lens is facing you. The positional tracker must be stable, as shaking the positional tracker can cause the image rendered on the display panel to shake even if you are sitting still.

Ensure there is a direct line of sight from positional tracker to the headset.

For Optimal performance, position yourself about 1.5 meters or 5 feet away from the positional tracker.

Step 6 - Connect Power to the Cable Connector Box (Optional)

The power adapter is used to power the USB accessory port on the headset. Plug the barrel connector of the power cord to the cable connector box.

You must plug the power adapter with the appropriate country plug to a power source.
*Make sure that you use only the power adapter supplied with your headset.*

Step 7 - Power on the Headset

The headset is on by default on plug in. The screen in the headset should be on.

If the headset does not turn on, please check and make sure all cables are firmly and properly connected.
If the LED on the headset is illuminated orange, the headset is powered on, but does not have a video signal.
If the LED is illuminated blue, the headset is powered on and is receiving video signal.

Step 8 - Adjust Head Straps

Adjust the lateral and over the head straps so that the headset fits snugly and comfortably.

Step 9 - Headset Lenses

Two different pairs of lenses are included:

  • The taller set (A) is designed for moderately nearsighted users or users with normal vision.
  • The shorter set (B) is designed for very nearsighted users.

The lenses are designed to be swapped using an inert-turn and lock-in-place mechanism. The A set comes installed in the headset.

If you wish to wear glasses while using the headset, please use lens set A, and adjust the side screws of the headset to allow additional clearance. Do not wear bifocals when using the headset.

Avoid scratching the lenses or screen, and please make sure to keep the lenses free of dirt and smudges.

Step 10 - Headset Adjustment

For comfort, you can adjust the distance between your eyes and the lenses by turning the screws on either side of the headset using a coin. Adjust both sides equally.

Note: Not all glasses may fit while wearing the rift and you may risk scratching your lenses. If you are nearsighted, we recommend you use contact lenses.

Step 11

  • Right click “Oculus Manager” on the system tray, and select “Oculus Configuration Utility”
  • Choose “Show Demo Scene” and ensure you’re positioned correctly

Step 12

You're done and ready for VR!

I recommend you try the Tuscany Demo that you installed in Step 1. Although getting started is pretty straight forward. Getting some of the games up and running of course is not that easy. It requires tweaks and tricks and I take you through them step by step in the Oculus enabled VR games and the Oculus Enabled VR Demo sections.

Remember this is still a developer version and not consumer ready so tweaks are to be expected.

Check out our list of Top Oculus enabled VR games and Top Oculus enabled VR Demos which include full instructions with how to set them up.
Good luck and leave a question in the comments if you're having trouble.