10-11-2018 02:14 AM
I'm will soon be the lucky owner og vive pro + wireless.
But I have a limited play area and therefore I want to play outdoors sometimes.
A few questions below
And a few other questions 😊
10-11-2018 10:22 AM
All current VR devices including the Vive and Vive Pro are indoor only devices. The primary risk actually comes from the fact that the lenses act like... well, lenses and will focus sunlight onto the display and burn it. Even a momentary ray of incidentally sunlight is enough to permanently damage to the display. That said, SteamVR tracking can also break in direct sunlight as it's an IR based technology - the Sun is basically a giant IR emitter and overwhelms the sensors. All outdoor setups I've personally done have been at night; I've never had a good experience during the day but others have had mixed experiences when using a shade structure. If you're using the Vive in the sun, you'll likely get uncomfortably hot really quickly if the tracking works.
There is no first party way to manage multiple chaperone configs - there however are two third party OpenVR dashboards that can help. The first is OpenVR Advanced Settings which is widely regarded as the best all around solution for this and the other was Chaparone Switcher but I think that's now a depreciated project. As long as the basestations are 100% stationary, you can switch between profiles without issue with this tool. If you move the stations, The PC-side wireless transceiver (aka 'wireless linkbox') is not tracked - it's position really only affects your signal quality.
The basestations are passive and just spit out IR timing data - the HMD only directly talks to them to do power management. The PC-side transciever only talks to the corresponding HMD-side transciever.
Signal quality and range actually depend tremendously on the RF environment as well as the physical layout of the space as 60Ghz bounces off walls. It's way too complex to go into detail here but if you're trying to set up a 6x6m space, you're likely fine mounting it in the middle of either of the two axis - putting it in one of the corners would lead to a ~8.5m hypotenuse meaning you may have signal issues in the opposite corner of the transceiver. You don't need a safety buffer so much as you need a few feet simply for the FOV of the transmitter to be wide enough to actually be useable.
10-11-2018 01:47 PM
Hey David, and thanks. Great service :-)
Just to be absolutely sure.
Thanks for your support
10-11-2018 02:53 PM
10-11-2018 11:11 PM
Hey, and thanks again
I will give it a try, only at night to be sure. Hope it will work.
If anyone out there have tryed outdoor setups, please let me know.
Have a nice day
10-14-2018 08:36 AM
Thank you for that GREAT explanation of why the Vive should NOT be set up outdoors. I was aware of the "burn-in" issue for the fresnel lenses/display, but I was unaware of the other potential issues as regards the sensors and the "giant IR emitter" we affectionately cal "Sol".
I was hoping to do some outdoor demos with a pop-up, fully enclosed shade structure, but I think you've persuaded me against doing so.