Whilst waiting for my delivery date, I’d read lots of stories of people setting up their Vives. Watched lots of videos and listened to people provide helpful tips and tricks. A lot of people said it could take up to 5 hours, with issues with firmware updates, controllers not syncing and other niggling problems.
It took me and a friend less than an hour. We’re not special, maybe we just got lucky, but in under an hour we were ready to go!
Unboxing was straight forward and it all came packaged nicely. I’m not going to bore you with an unboxing video because after all, it’s just taking stuff out of a box.
Within the box you had the two base stations, the 2 controllers and the headset.
Under each of those main components were the associated charging cables for the controllers and power cables, brackets and screws for the base stations.
Along side was a separate enclosed box with the link box, cables, 2 lens cleaning clothes, earbuds and the warranty information. I’ve probably forgot to mention a few bits, but you get the idea, it’s all in the box.
Installing the Base Stations
This was the part of the installation I thought I’d have the most trouble with. Luckily, in one high corner of my room I had a
book game shelf, so I could just put the base station onto it’s bracket, place it on the shelf and aim it down. No screwing or fixing required. The cable just drops down behind my PC out of sight. Nice.
The second base station needs to be in the opposite corner and able to see the first. Here I had no shelves and no power outlets so it would, I thought, be more tricky. However, being keen to test the Vive, and with my dislike of drilling holes into my walls, I found a Gorilla Pod. The base stations have ability to screw onto any normal tripod so I thought I’d give that a go, and to my amazement, the fudge worked!
It’s not the most sturdy of fixings, but to get things going it would do fine. The cable dropped down behind the curtain (out of sight again, that’ll please the missus) and it can just about reach through the door into the plug the other side of the wall. It means having to plug it in every time I want to play as we normally keep the door shut, but that’s a small price to pay! I will soon get my drill out and use the provided brackets to fix this to the wall now I know it works.
This was simple. Plug the three cables from the headset into Orange side of the linkbox. Then the other side, run the cables to the PC and the plug. The HDMI cable has to plug directly into your graphics card. The USB can be USB2, which I did as my USB3 ports are on the front of the PC. I’ve not noticed any negative impact using USB2 instead of 3.
After plugging in the linkbox to the power and PC, leave it alone for a few minutes. It downloads and installs firmware upgrades. You get a bit of paper telling you that if you screw this up, you can’t claim it on the warranty, so don’t screw it up… But after that, you’re ready to start SteamVR and the Room setup.
SteamVR & Room Setup
Another straight forward setup here, for us anyway. When everything is plugged in, start SteamVR and following the excellent instructions. We set up Room-Scale, which involed drawing your boundary with your controllers. It was quick and straight forward.
As I mentioned, we may have just got lucky be we found the initial setup was well instructed by HTC/Steam and were were done in less than an hour. Obviously it would take more time if you’re drilling into walls, but all aspects were, for us, smooth and straight forward.
If you’ve any questions about any of the setup, ask away!