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Virtual Reality: Virtual Reality Start

VR Equipment


C+I Makerspace - Vive VR

Starting Up / Shutting Down


  1. Login to the VR lab's PC

   After a minute, the Steam VR library should appear

  1. Use the remotes to turn on the three large TV screens 

  Power buttons are on the left side of the flanking TVs and front of center TV

  1. Unplug the three red charging cables from the Vive headset and controllers
  1. Place the Vive headset and controllers near the blue center mark on the floor
  1. Plug in the green labeled cable to the battery
    1. Press the lighting bolt button on the battery to turn on
    2. Press the Vive Logo on the Top of the Headset to turn on

  Green lights will appear above logo and on batteryVive logo light takes a moment to appear

  1. Press the menu button on each controller (shown here)

   Green light will turn on and Steam VR will start on the PC

  1. If everything is operational, you'll see two pop up windows with Blue icons, one will be the Vive Wireless for the wireless headset. The other window will be the Steam VR it will show five icons, the first is for the headset, the next two are the controllers, and the last two are for the cubes on the wall. If operating properly the icons should be solid. The headset may look like the picture, this just means it is sleeping. 
    1. In Steam, the VR Box will be Green, if Grey, click on it with the mouse
    2. If you are experiencing any issues please find a Makerspace attendant for assistance. 
  1. Go Back to the Vive Headset and place it on yourself
    1. Place viewer on the front of your face
      1. Physically, gently move the Vive on your face until the VR world is clear
    2. Then pull back the part that slide over your head.
    3. Turn the large, flat grey knob, on the back of the Vive to tighten and loosen the headset.
    4. ​​​​​​​Fit should be snug




There is a larger battery along the wall, for extended VR use. It will not fit in the clip that holds the small battery. Always try to keep the Headset battery plugged in if not use.

The most common error is not turning something on. Double check the items in the list above and look for grey Icons or lights that are off or not green.

Lastly, be Safe, both at the start and after you've gained confidence.
A light blue fence will appear if you approach a wall or go to far. If sharing a space with others be sure to stand outside of the room or past the yellow and black stripe on the floor. 


  1. On the controller, press the Steam menu button, The Steam VR dashboard will open
  2. Choose library and use search to find a new app



  1. On either controller press and hold the Steam menu button to open Steam Pop-Up
  2. In the Pop Up that appears, choose Exit VR
    1. If in the Steam VR Menu, click the Power Icon on the lower left
  3. Place controllers down on floor 
  4. Remove Vive headset. Unplug battery from headset (green labeled USB cable)
  5. Place headset and controllers near chargers
    1. Plug in red labeled USB cables into controllers and headset to recharge
  6. Let the front desk know you are done with the VR equipment