HTC Vive


Book through the Media Hub.

You will need a VR capable computer with a HDMI output if the kit does not include one.


As part of the HTC Vive Kit:

  • 1 x HTC Vive VR Headset, w/ fixed HDMI, USB, Audio

  • 2 x HTC Vive Controllers

  • 2 x Base Station sensor

  • 1 x Micro USB

  • 1 x Linkbox

  • 3 x Power Adapter

  • 1 x Sync Cable

Also to assist in setup:

  • 2 x Tripods, for the Base Station sensors

  • 1 x Powerboard



Space Considerations

Ensure that there is adequate space for VR.

  • For Standing-Only experiences, enough standing and arm room is enough.

  • For Room-Scale experiences, a minimum area of 2m x 1.5m is required.

Ensure the space is clear of all potential tripping hazards.

Base Station Sensor Setup

VR works best when base stations are opposite, and can see each other all the time, and headset and controllers have at least one base station in view of them.

Viewing angle is 120 degrees in all directions, ensure adequate coverage via tilting the sensors 30-45 degrees towards the ground.

Hardware Setup


The headset needs to be connected to the linkbox, note the orange trim to denote the appropriate connection side.

The linkbox then requires USB and display (HDMI or DP) to your machine, and power.

Base stations to power

Connect each base station to power.

The Sync cable may be used between each base station sensor as a potential fix for sensor-related issues, but we recommend that they be disconnected to start.

  • If you are using only 1 (be wary of limited tracking): set the sensor to mode B using the mode button at the back.

  • (Standard) If you are using 2 sensors without the Sync cable, set one to B and one to C.

  • If you are using 2 sensors with the Sync cable, set one to B and one to A.

Software Setup

  • Download and Install VivePort: available here:

  • Download and Install Steam: available here:

pageVirtual Reality Experiences

  • Link the Controllers: Once the Controllers are turned on, they should automatically pair with the headset. To manually pair the controllers, launch the SteamVR app. Go to SteamVR ▼ > Devices > Pair Controller and follow the on-screen instructions.

  • The SteamVR Status Window (Figure 2.3.1), will open and greenlights will indicate technology is connected and ready to go. Base sensors must be able to see (1) each other, and (2) the headset and controllers, to connect successfully. In the image below, the headset and both controllers are connected, whilst the base-stations are not.

  • Turn on the controllers with the button just above the Vive logo This is the menu button:

  • Launch SteamVR run room set-up: SteamVR ▼ > Run Room Setup

  • Follow directions provided by the program to calibrate space and controllers.

  • Steam VR should now be ready to go

Games on Steam

The Lab

Valve developed game with several minigames including: Longbow and Solar System

Tilt Brush

3d Painting app made by google

Fantastic Contraption

Make weird stuff and watch it fail



Seated VR Experiences

Dreams of Dali



Offscreen Colonies



Other Resources

Steam VR Installation Guide

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