There is a lot of information on the web on how to do it and how to set it up so that you can play it on VR headsets. But not all of them give you those little details that can change your experience enormously.
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Elite: Dangerous is considered one of the best Oculus Rift games that are out there.
For me, it’s seriously like a match made in heaven. Elite Dangerous is meant to be played on VR.
Here are the words from the Redditor on the immersion:
I cannot express it with words, but guys, that was pure magic. Fighting in VR in ED is something incredible. It was so intuitive, so immersive, so intense! We spent the rest of the afternoon shooting at poor random NPCs, feeling like kids in Disneyland.
I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed a video game this much (except maybe when I started playing WoW 15 years ago, but this is another story for another subreddit). The sheer sense of magic VR manages to produce in ED is something to try once in your life.
And he is not the only one who thinks like that.
But in order to get the maximum from Elite Dangerous and Oculus Rift S, it is best if you have a reasonably good computer. Potato computers and laptops may cut it, but it’s a close shave.
Elite Dangerous System Requirements for Oculus Rift S:
OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad Core CPU or better / AMD FX 4350 Quad Core CPU or better
This is the one that I use. It quickly swaps your settings to whatever you want in just a few clicks.
If you need to save your settings, just click the green button “Detect current settings”.
There are many profiles that you can create, including the one for streaming. If you want, you can consider donating to the creator.
3. Configuring your Display settings:
If you are in VR mode, changing resolution settings will not change anything on your HMD end.
The only difference will be on the monitor.
The resolution is only for the people that watch your action on the monitor from the outside.
The only reason you want it higher than 720p is if you record your Elite Dangerous gameplay.
I generally just lower it to potato level to save the rendering power for my VR headset. The same thing is with the refresh rate, as well as vertical sync.
Only make sure that the frame limit setting is on 80Hz for Oculus Rift S.
4. Configuring your 3D Settings:
Make sure to:
Disable GUI effects (OFF)
Reduce camera shake (OFF)
Vehicle Motion Blackout (OFF)
Vehicle Maintain Horizon Camera (ON)
Disable Idle Hand Animations (OFF)
As you noticed, Vehicle Maintain Horizon Camera is the only setting that is ON.
If you leave it OFF like all the other settings, you will get VR Motion Sickness. If you leave all the other settings ON, you will also get the VR motion sickness.
Just leave it as I showed you above.
5. Configuring Quality Options
Configure everything to your own liking and performance in quality settings, except for 4 settings.
I do not know what computer you use. Maybe you have the latest and most expensive RTX card? Then you have a better computer than I do.
It’s all about the performance.
However, Bloom, Blur, Antialiasing, and Depth of Field are not needed inside VR.
You can safely turn them OFF for a better VR experience inside Elite Dangerous.
Pay attention though.
If you want more sharpness, only play around with “Supersampling”.
I can not tell you what multiplier to use because of the various PC rigs that exist.
Some notice the difference, and some don’t. I saw the difference, but I’ve heard reports of people not seeing any variation.
5. Configuring Brightness levels
This is also something that can only be changed by you to a value you like the most. I prefer darker tones when I play Elite Dangerous, but I’ve noticed that some users crank that value up to high brightness.
Play around with it and choose what you prefer the most.
6. Time to Click Apply.
This is the time to save everything by clicking “Apply” and by visiting your EDProfiler (in case you did use EDProfiler).
In EDProfiler, click “Detect Current Settings”.
That is it.
When you want to play on just the monitor, change the settings to whatever you want and save it in the EDProfiler again.
Make Use of Oculus Debug Tool
As an owner of Rift S, you have an opportunity to use an official program made by Oculus called “Oculus Debug Tool”.
This application will give you all the information you need to read your performance. Not only that, you can directly change some of the game settings from within this tool. Supersampling is most commonly used.
If you experience some lag in Elite Dangerous with your VR device, and you’ve done all the steps above, you can play around with a certain setting called:
Click on it, and switch it to “Disabled”.
It’s enabled by default, but it may be disabled already. If that’s the case, click on any random option there, apply it, and then switch to disabled again.
The reason is, users have reported it not working as it says it does. Reapplying fixes that issue.
You can actually save these asynchronous spacewarp settings within the game!
Why I did not start with that was because it’s more useful to know where to change the settings manually – seeing is better than feeling in most cases.
Changing Asynchronous Spacewarp settings is easy:
CTRL + NUMPAD1 – Disable ASW and USE ATW
CTRL + NUMPAD2 – Force apps to 45hz, DISABLE ASW
CTRL + NUMPAD3 – Force apps to 45hz, ENABLE ASW
CTRL + NUMPAD4 – Enable ASW to operate automatically
You might have Numpad disabled, so make sure it’s turned on by pressing the NumLock key.
Once you’ve done all these steps, you should be ready to play the game without issues.
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Sometimes there can be some issues when trying to make everything work. If you have problems check the following things:
Problem: I experience lag despite following all the steps above.
Solution:Make sure that you have the latest Oculus and GPUdrivers installed. This is the most common mistake people overlook.
Problem:I don’t know how to launch Elite Dangerous from Oculus Home.
Solution: If you purchased Elite Dangerous outside of Oculus Home (like from Steam) after 24th April 2019, you cannot play it on Oculus Home. You can only play on Steam VR.
But, if you purchased before 24th April 2019, you can do this:
Log into Frontier Store.
Select ‘Account Dashboard’
Click on ‘Partner Keys’
Click ‘Claim the key for Elite Dangerous (Oculus Rift)
Go to Oculus Home Settings Page
Add the key to the Oculus Home Account page.
Problem:Text is unreadable.
Solution: Play around with supersampling, as well as make sure that the bloom is turned off. In terms of bloom, Your HUD will not look as awesome but that way there will be no difficulties with reading.
Still, it is one of the best games for the Oculus Rift and can give you the immersion you never experienced before. If you have an Oculus headset, buy this game!
Problem: The blue barrier (Guardian) distracts me from playing Elite Dangerous.
Solution:You can turn it off in the Dash Settings menu fairly quickly. That option is exactly for moments like this.
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