DIY: How To Make Your Own Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

Virtual Reality is all the rage, and it is HERE. NOW.

No, Seriously, it’s here already – the future!

Virtual Reality Is All The Rage

If you’ve been following the tech news coming out of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, we witnessed many virtual reality announcements, such as the Vive VR headset from HTC developed in collaboration with Valve (SWEET GAYBEN only he could craft something that creates zero percent chance of motion sickness).


Hands-on with Valve and HTC’s Vive VR headset

Good ole Oculus has been working with Samsung and relesed some major upgrades as well at the MWC 2015 with Samsung’s Gear VR – using a Galaxy S6’s QHD display with almost 3.7 million pixels, which is quite a bit more pixels than what the Vive VR has with its dual 1200 by 1080-pixel displays.


Hands-on with the new Galaxy S6 Gear VR (feat. MKBHD)

These aren’t the only players in the VR game of course, just last year Sony threw its hat in the ring announcing Project Morpheus – it’s very own VR headset using the Playstation 4.


Hands-On: Sony’s ‘Project Morpheus’ PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality Headset

So with so many new VR headsets coming out and buzz about virtual reality all over the place – it is easy to want to dive in NOW. If you can’t get your hands on one of the older VR headsets though, or can’t wait for the new models to throw your money at – never fear! Today we are going to show you some of the BEST DIY Virtual Reality Headset tutorials around the net so you can MAKE YOUR OWN and become that virtual hermit you always dreamed of becoming. Let’s dive in!

Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Kit

So the classic and probably easiest way to make your own Virtual Reality Headset is with Google’s ingenious Cardboard viewer – you can buy a cardboard viewer or build your own! Paired with your smartphone, voila! Instant Virtual Reality goodness!!


Here is what the finished product is like – Hands-On with Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Kit

3D Printed Wearable Video Goggles

So you wanna get techy? Break out your 3D Printer and get started putting together these awesome Video Goggles with the great tutorial from the always awesome Adafruit company!

Oculus Rift Development Kit 2

If you can’t wait for the consumer version of the Oculus and you have some money to throw, you can pick up the Development Kit for $350. If you are really savvy and good with code don’t forget that the DK1 is now open sourced, the developers hope that someone will clone the tracker and sell it for cheap, so who better to do it than YOU?


Testing the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2: Game Demos

DIY HEAD MOUNTED DISPLAY (HMD)

This one is not for the faint of heart, some truly in depth instructions for a legit VR headset!

Oculus Thrift – Making a PC Compatible Rift For Less Than 30 Dollars

DIY Guide: Build a Smartphone VR Headset That Plays Oculus Rift Games and More for $20 (iOS or Android)

A really in depth and awesome tutorial guide for building your own head mounted display – it includes pictures and videos and the actual cost is very cheap, so if you need a definitive guide I would say this is it!

The Nova—A DIY Oculus Rift!

Yet another video and written tutorial that will help walk you through the build process, it takes about ~30 hours of work to stitch this bad boy together, its probably pretty similar to the others but its always good to see things in different perspectives to wrap your own head around it (pun intended)

ASH VR 1 – DIY Homebrew PC Virtual Reality Head Mounted Display HMD

MS FSX – Oculus Rift DK1 – DIY 6DOF Platform – HK

This thing is just INSANE!

This is a 6DOF Motion Platform, if you want more info on how this one is built check out their DIY guide here!

Hope you enjoyed this list! Did you try to make any of these? Let us know what you think about them in the comments, or let us know any good methods we missed! Thanks for reading!

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