Virtual Reality Headset

Hardware Requirements

 

 Software Requirements

The following software is needed to run Enscape with HMD’s (Head Mounted Displays):

 

                   

 

Windows Mixed Reality (all devices)

Setup

  • In order to run Enscape with the Samsung Odyseey or any other Windows Mixed Reality Headset, the following software needs to be installed and running: Steam, SteamVR and Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR. If you are new to the Windows Mixed Reality, this guide will provide you with helpful information about Windows VR.

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  • When SteamVR signals everything is green and ready to go, you can go ahead and enable Enscape’s VR mode via the Enable VR Headset button in the Enscape ribbon.

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Movement & Controls

  • When activating a view or starting Enscape you will be placed on the next valid position on the floor if possible.
  • You’re then able to explore your surroundings within the previously defined play-area freely by simply moving around.
  • To reach locations outside the play-area press the trigger of the right-hand controller to enable a laser-pointer.
  • Use the laser-pointer to mark the location you want to reach and a teleportation-indicator will highlight your target position.
  • To activate the teleportation pull the trigger of the right-hand controller and your position will update immediately.
  • The laser-pointer is able to penetrate doors and (some) windows (curtain wall windows are not supported yet), so you can easily reach the areas behind them. [Revit only]
  • The laser-pointer lets you control the settings which can be opened on the left controller, use it like the left mouse button.
  • Optionally you can also move around by using the stick. However, this is only recommended for users with a certain amount of VR experience, as it often causes nausea.
  • The track-pad of the right-hand controller allows you to elevate.
  • If you prefer to remain standing in a fixed location you may also navigate using the X-Box Controller.

Known issue

Due to a higher resolution (1440 x 1440 per eye) we recommend to lower the quality to medium or draft for a smooth VR experience.

 

HTC Vive

Setup

  • In order to run Enscape with the HTC Vive, you’re required to have Steam, including SteamVR, installed and running. All required software will be installed by the official Vive Setup.
  • Once installed SteamVR will guide you through all the setup steps needed to prepare your room scale VR experience (Run Room Setup).
  • Please ensure that the options Allow asynchronous reprojection and Allow interleaved reprojection is activated. They’re available in the Performance settings tab.

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  • When SteamVR signals everything is green and ready to go, you can go ahead and enable Enscape’s VR mode via the Enable VR Headset button in the Enscape ribbon.

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Movement & Controls

  • When activating a view or starting Enscape you will be placed on the next valid position on the floor if possible.
  • You’re then able to explore your surroundings within the previously defined play-area freely by simply moving around.
  • To reach locations outside the play-area press the trigger of the right-hand controller to enable a laser-pointer.
  • Use the laser-pointer to mark the location you want to reach and a teleportation-indicator will highlight your target position.
  • To activate the teleportation to the marked position release the trigger of the controller and your position will update immediately.
  • The laser-pointer is able to penetrate doors and (some) windows (curtain wall windows are not supported yet), so you can easily reach the areas behind them.
  • Optionally you can also move around by pressing the track-pad of the left-hand controller. However, this is only recommended for users with a certain amount of VR experience, as it often causes nausea.
  • The track-pad of the right-hand controller allows you to navigate vertically.
  • The time of the day may be manipulated by pressing the grip buttons on the left- and right-hand controllers.
  • If you prefer to remain standing on a fixed location you may also navigate using the X-Box Controller.

 

Oculus Rift

Setup

  • Make sure that the latest Oculus runtime has been installed and you’ve followed all the required steps of the Oculus device setup.
  • Open the Oculus App and select Settings. In the General settings section please activate the Unknown Sources option.
  • When you turn on your Oculus you should now be able to see the Oculus Home Scene.
  • Now you can go ahead and enable Enscape’s VR mode via the Enable VR Headset button on the Enscape ribbon.

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  • After enabling the Oculus Rift you might not see your Revit or SketchUp project, but a grey image. When you look around you’ll notice a Health & Safety Warning. Please press ‘A’ if using an Xbox-Controller or focus on the button below the warning message to acknowledge it and to proceed to Enscape.

Movement & Controls

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Known issues

  • If you’re experiencing stuttering in VR even though your hardware meets the mentioned requirements, you might want to reduce Enscape’s Rendering Quality in the Enscape settings window. Quality level Ultra is not recommended for VR unless you’re running on a Nvidia GTX1080 or better.
  • If you have two graphics cards installed make sure either one of them is disabled prior Oculus usage or ensure that Oculus and Enscape are executed on the same graphics card.

 

CyberSickness / Nausea

Usually, if you follow all the above steps and have a powerful enough machine, cybersickness is not a big problem. However, it depends on the certain person and his/her experience within Virtual Reality. Here is what you can do to avoid Nausea:

  • The person who wears the glasses should trigger the navigation with a hand controller, not someone else.
  • Use flying and elevation rarely, walk physically or teleport whenever it is possible.
  • Give the person time to get comfortable with the glasses before handing out the controller. It’s easy to overwhelm new Virtual Reality users.

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