base stations 2.0 play area size limits

dslnc
Settler

base stations 2.0 play area size limits

Hi All

 

The documantation is a bit scarce regarding the base station 2.0 specs - 

 

Setting up my tracking area with steamVR I cannot seem to be allowed a bigger play area than 4x3m although I have a vive pro Sku set with base stations v2.0 -

In theory it should be up to 6x6m with 2 basestations, right? meaning up to about 8,5m diagonal between the base stations?

If the base station are longer apart than 5,5m steamVR  complains as well (although the tracking works)

 

 

 

 

Vive Staff

Re: base stations 2.0 play area size limits

@dslnc, 2.0 basestations are now individually rated as having a range of 6 meters in ideal environments meaning that you could create a upto a 6m diagonal between two 2.0 basestations and expect that an device should be reasonably tracked by them. Real world conditions will vary from this ideal. This range is consistently with SteamVR's complaint. It is only by using additional basestations that areas with a larger diagonal can be achieved but these advanced featuresets have not been finalized yet. 

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dslnc
Settler

Re: base stations 2.0 play area size limits

Sure, I am up to speed on that -

Looking forward to the firmwareupgrade to add two more base stations into the mix.

 

I find that the base stations handle 6m distance fine. Mounting them high really helps alot (3+m)

However in order to make a 6x6m tracking area the basestations will have diagonal distance of 8,5m? or am I calculating this wrong?

Reaching 5,5m steam vr complains. Although I had the base stations 6,83m(accordingly to SteamVR) apart and the tracking worked fine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WaxxyOne
Contributor

Re: base stations 2.0 play area size limits

So, just to confirm, the documentation included in the box for the Vive Pro headset kit (image below), which includes 2x 2.0 basestations, is incorrect?

"Max play area - 6m x 6m" is not the same thing as "a range of 6 meters" or "upto(sic) a 6m diagonal." In fact, a square play area with 6m sides would imply a diagonal range of approxmiately 8.5m.

If the documentation is incorrect and this limit has been known since at least June of 2018, can you please explain how the kit I purchased in April 2019 still contains this incorrect information?

 

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Vive Staff

Re: base stations 2.0 play area size limits

@WaxxyOne

 

Two 2.0 stations can cover an area around 6m x 6m depending on the environment and the coverage of the stations. The stations themself have a 6m range (but SteamVR wants you to mount them no more than 5.5m apart for optimal tracking).

 

The diagonal is longer than 6m; the tether to the HMD however is not and in many cases, it's the teather that actually dictates the range of the HMD. You can have a massive playspace but little range on your HMD - the playspace is simply referring to the roomsetup configuration that is stored by SteamVR and composited into the the output of the game engine. Not everybody using Pro is tethered, and not everybody using Pro is using 2 stations, there's quite a bit of 

 

I don't see anywhere in the image where it's referring to a "6m range" diagonally on that image? Did something get cut off at the bottom? I'm not sure where you're getting that value from.

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