What you need:
Hardware – inexpensive VR Headset:
- Android Phone – I bought a LeEco S3 to have as a backup device to my Windows Phone. It doesn’t have cutting edge specs, but it definitely gets the job done. I’d recommend a phone with a 1080p screen, and battery life shouldn’t be an issue here since we’ll be plugged in.
- Comfortable Google Cardboard viewer – If you want to interact in any way with your VR games that involves anything beyond simply looking around, get one that straps to your head. I also recommend one that has a good padding for your face since the weight of your phone will rest on your cheekbones.
- 10’ USB cable that will go from your computer to your phone – make sure the plugs are right
- A capable PC
- 10’ USB extension cable
- Leap Motion Controller
- 3M command mounting tabs – I recommend some Velcro and some sticky, but you can use both exclusively if you want
- RiftCat – the host on your PC and the client (named VR Ridge) on your phone
- Steam – You can use Oculus with this VR headset, but the Vive software is what sets this build apart
- Leap Motion core software: Orion for Windows
- Experiences – we’ll get to that further along
- OpenVR Driver for Leap Motion – Software to emulate Vive Controllers - useful if you want to try actual Steam games
- Surround sound headphones with a 10ish’ cable