While phone-based VR systems — Gear VR, Daydream View, Google Cardboard — are by nature quite portable, the PC-based systems and PlayStation VR aren’t as easy to tote around. It’s fun to stay at home and slip into a virtual world, but it’s the season of sharing! That’s why the 10th day of VR tech tips is all about making your setup as portable as possible. Use this guide to easily move your setup around, and enjoy the awe you bring to friends and family.
A carrying case is always a good idea, as it will keep the headset and lenses from collecting dirt, smudges, or scratches. Have a look at our accessory guides for some great case options, as well as other goodies you’ll want to bring along.
If you’re traveling a long distance, you might want to use your VR headset along the way. In that case, you should pre-load a few essential apps to help pass the time.
Some savvy accessory companies have created carrying cases designed for PSVR, some of which actually fit both the VR system and the console. If you’re looking for more great accessories, portable or not, also be sure to check out our accessory guide.
HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality
As for the actual VR system, you’re going to want to invest in some protection for the headset, controllers, and external sensors (in the case of the Vive and Rift). Like the PSVR, there are some great options when it comes to carrying cases. Options for both the Vive and Rift translate well to Windows Mixed Reality.
Once you arrive at your destination, VR system in tow, there are some things to keep in mind.
- Your laptop’s battery will not be enough to keep everything running. Bring your charging cable.
- Run through the initial setup in every new area. Boundaries are important and will prevent a TV or controller from getting smashed.
- Don’t bother with VR outdoors. Sunlight will mess with tracking.