SkydiVR is build to work with off-the-shelf components. We use Amazon and Dell. At the time of writing this guide (May 2018), total cost of equipment is estimated around $US1200. Listed below are the required items you will need or should consider.
1. VR ready Personal Computer:
The choice of personal computer is yours but you need to use the Windows 10 operating system.
You may prefer one PC brand over another or already have available suitable equipment you could use with SkydiVR.
The minimal PC specs for SkydiVR are the same as the minimal specs for Oculus Rift:
Graphics Card NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
Alternative Graphics Card NVIDIA GTX 960 4GB / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
CPU Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater
Memory 8GB+ RAM
Video Output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
USB Ports 1x USB 3.0 port, plus 2x USB 2.0 ports
Of course, the better the hardware, the smoother the SkydiVR experience.
Download this tool from Oculus to test if your existing PC is already VR compatible
We are available to talk and help define your unique requirements to clarify the best option for you. Contact us here.
SkydiVR works on the two most common VR goggle brands: Oculus and Vive.
2. VR goggles:
We support Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, though other VR goggles for PC should work as well, provided that you use the correct drivers.
These get you immersed in virtual reality. The hand controllers which come with each pair of goggles can allow you to steer your SkydiVR parachute so you then do not need the Kinect and adapter:
3. How you can steer your virtual parachute
We have developed four options:
3.1 Hand controllers from the goggle manufacturer (Oculus Touch Controllers or HTC Vive Wand Controllers).
These hand controllers should be included in the package you buy when buy your goggles. They provide what we consider to provide you as a user the most realistic experience of flying your parachute.
3.2 Kinect and adapter.
Kinect does, for you, have the following advantages:
- no hand controllers to either go missing or get a flat battery
- quickly scan your Hangar usercodes and/or your jump ticked codes
However since late 2017, Microsoft have stopped making Kinect. Note we will still support Kinect use with SkydiVR.
3.3 Gamepad controller or Keyboard
Note: these solutions are not as immersive and are essentially a backup to be used if needed.
While using SkydiVR it is possible to fall over if you are standing up because your eyes (which are inside the goggles soaking up virtual reality) provide a key input to your sense of balance. The following options enhance the virtual parachute flight experience and keep you safe while using SkydiVR:
The following suggested accessories are available from amazon.com
- $30 VR headset stand. This accessory allow to conveniently store your precious headset while not in use
- $49 VR headset waterproof cover. This cover makes for an easier clean
- $27 VR disposable mask sanitizers. Another method to manage cleanliness
- $13 Anti-bacterial wipes. For wipes to sanitize the headset if needed between each use.
- $140 for a cart to use your VR unit in different places in your dropzone then store it safely at night
Apart from a HDMI port to connect the goggles, you need a standard 2D screen with a minimal resolution of 1920x1080 pixels:
- An external screen (monitor, TV or a projector) in your training area or cafe works well to allow others to watch what is happening
- Note that if you use a laptop with a single HDMI port to run SkydiVR you will have to use the only HDMI port to run the goggles so sharing SkydiVR to other screens is not an option