You’ve bought an HTC Vive and have everything you need. Now comes the tricky park, setting it up. To ease your work we have provided a step by step guide down below.
Installing the base stations
1. Your room should be at least 6’6″ x 5′, with no more than 16’4″ between base stations.
2. Unpack your base stations. There should be two, with two power cables and adapters, two mounting kits, and one sync cable. Place the base stations at opposite corners of the room.
3. Mount the base stations above head height and angled 30-45 degrees down or try placing the base stations on high bookshelves, though you may experience mixed results with this technique.
4. Plug the base stations into power outlets.
5. Put each base station into syncing mode by pressing the mode button on the back of one so it reads “b” on the front, then press the button on the other until it reads “c.” The LEDs on the base stations should turn a solid white. It doesn’t matter which station is in which mode.
Installing the headset
1. Make sure you have the headset, link box, USB cable, HDMI cable (or DisplayPort cable for the Vive Pro), and link box power cord.
2. Look at the link box and find the side without the orange ports.
3. Plug the HDMI cable into the Link Box. Plug the other side of those cables into your computer, ensuring that you plug them into your graphics card’s ports.
4. Plug the USB cable into the Link Box, and then into an available port on your computer. The Vive supports USB 2.0+
5. Plug the power cord into your Link Box, then into a power outlet. After doing this, make sure you don’t unplug anything. Your computer will be downloading and installing drivers, unplugging the cables too early could create issues.
6. Connect the headset to the Link Box. For the HTC Vive, this means connecting three cables – USB, HDMI, and Power – into the orange ports. Once plugged in, press the power button on the Link Box.
Installing Steam and Steam VR
1. Download and install Steam, create an account and then, download and install Steam VR.
2. In Steam, head to the Library, right click on Steam VR, and press Properties. Select the Betas tab, then, using the drop-down menu, press “Steam VR Beta Update” and wait for it to update.
3. Once updated, launch Steam VR by pressing the VR icon in the top right-hand corner of Steam.
4. Once SteamVR launches, you’ll see the state of your system. Green means that everything is working properly. Flashing green means the headset can’t see the base stations. Grey means the headset is off.
Connecting the controllers
1. Press the system button on the controllers, which is the bottom button on the front of each controller.
2. The status icons should change to green, indicating that the controllers have paired properly. If the icon remains grey, click on SteamVR menu, then press Settings. Click Devices, then hit the “Pair Controller” button and follow the on-screen instructions.