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For best HTC Vive Pre experience you’ll want an empty room and good curtains

HTC has uploaded the manual for the forthcoming Vive Pre headset, outlining the requirements for one of the VR device’s most enticing features.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has outlined the play area specs for the room-scaling tech that sets the virtual boundaries players can move around within.

The manual explains (via VentureBeat) how users will have to clear the area of furniture (and pets) in order to create a minimum play area of 5 x 6.5-feet.

For a lot of folks whose main computer is in home office, that might be tricky. If you’re playing in the living room, the couch looks like it’ll have to be shifted at least.

The computer feeding content to the Vive Pre should also be outside of the Play Area with HTC reminding gamers of the 16-feet cable length. On the flip side they’ll have to remain within reach of the terminal.

See also: Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive Pre

Beyond that, the base stations tracking player movement (of which you’ll need one on each side of the play area) will need to be a minimum of 16 feet apart to work effectively.

These simple devices are picked up by the controllers and headset, with information then conveyed back to the computer.

Vive Pre owners are also instructed to remove or cover large mirrors or reflective surfaces and cover up sources of direct sunlight for the best experience.

We’d imagine there’s some pretty extensive room measuring going on now for those thinking of snapping up HTC and Valve’s bid to own the emerging VR market.

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