Oculus Rift Skyrim setup guides feels like are scattered all over the internet. In Reddit, on Youtube, various tips from who knows where. I collected all the information to put up an ultimate up-to-date guide to get the most epic VR experience you will ever get in Skyrim.
If you have been playing Skyrim before, you know that is like a living time vacuum. You dive into this game and you wake up with a beard, looking like Gandalf, wisdom just emanating from you. I played Skyrim for over 300 hours even without VR, and that is considered a low number.
But with VR injected into veins of this game, you can get a serious addiction. Skyrim is also one of the best virtual reality games alongside with GTA 5, Elite: Dangerous and Half Life 2. To play Skyrim, there are two options for you available – VorpX (here is a vorpX review) and Vireio program. Vorpx is considered a better performer with more games to choose from, but then again Vireio is a free program. And luckily, Skyrim is one of the games that work with Vireio. However, lets start with the former (for vireio setup guide scroll down).
After you launched the game and vorpX is on, open the vorpX menu and have settings like this:
Activate VorpX – On
Display Mode – Rift
Virtual Cinema Mode – Off
3D Reconstruction – Geometry
Separation (3D-Strength) – 1.05
3D FOV Enchacement – 0.00
Camera Height Modifier – 0.09
Image Sharpening – 1.04 (Play around between 1 and 2)
Fix Chromatic Aberation – On
Fix Black Smear – Off
Game UI/HUD Scale – 1.00
Game UI/HUD Depth – 1.00
G3D Shadow Treatment – No S3D
Aspect Ratio Correction – Letterbox 2
Image Zoom – 0.68
2D FOV Enchancement – 0.00
Lens Set (eye cup) – Your lense set
Interpupillary Distance – Your pupillary distance (You can measure it by clicking on “calibrate IPD”)
Head Tracking – On
HT Sensitivity – 0.61
HT G3D Latency Ench. – 0.00
HT Roll – On
HT Positional Tracking – On
HT Invert X Axis – Off
HT Invert Y Axis – Off
HT Crouch/Jump – Off
Disable Mouse Acceleration – Yes
Handle Gamepads Internally – No
Head Tracking as Gamepad – Off
This is it! You are free to mess around with settings to your own personal preference.
Problems That May Occur
Problem: All the possible problems that may happen, like for example “Failed to initialize renderer. Unknown error creating the renderer”
Solution: Try downgrading your Oculus Runtime to 0.5.1. the newest one 0.6.0 sometimes has problems with compatibility.
Solution: Try installing MOD Organizer like mentioned in the mods step. If that doesn’t work, change all your graphics settings to lowest and slowly crank them up until you are on the verge of best visuals and good performance.
I do have to warn you though that running Skyrim and all other games in virtual reality requires more PC horsepower. It is recommended to have a good GPU and CPU. When the Oculus Rift CV1 comes out, recommended GPU will be GTX 970.
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