VR headsets are usually pretty robust as long as you’re buying from a reputable manufacturer like Oculus, HTC, Samsung or any of the other leading VR hardware manufacturer, you don’t have to worry about breaking it by being too rough. Still, there are a few things that you should get into the habit of never doing to your headset. Let’s start with the big one. Unless you have free money and you got your headset for free and want to disregard every warning in your headset’s manual.
1. stay away from the SUN
Please don’t take your headset outside in the middle of the day or in the sunlight, there are warnings about it literally everywhere to avoid direct sunlight. Yes, the sun can burn your screen if direct sunlight goes through the lenses you look through. It can’t happen while you are wearing it as no light can get in around your head, but it can happen if you take it off and leave it near a window, and sunlight pours in. It is not instant, but it is surprisingly fast. Don’t let sunlight strike the lenses for more than a few seconds, if ever.
You know when you take a magnifying glass and line it up with the Sun just right to burn things, well the exact same thing can happen to your new sparkling headset when sunlight hits the lenses all of those light photons are focused directly under HMD screen. That can destroy your screen with a dark burn-in spot of dead pixels or worst case scenario a completely broken headset, please listen to the manufacturer’s warnings on this one and simply keep your headset out of direct sunlight.
If you do happen to burn your screen, it certainly won’t be covered by warranty and you’ll either be in for an expensive repair or a complete replacement.
2. VR lenses matter !
The next big thing has to do with your lenses, so if you’ve ever been in VR before you know that sometimes your lenses can get a little foggy with a long play session. Thus, a well-ventilated room can help with this problem. It’s still going to be a problem at some point because sometimes you’re in an intense play session and want to get back as soon as possible, so you wipe your lenses off with the shirt or a rag, and you can get away with it for a while until you scratched the lenses and that’s not a good feeling.
It’s super easy to avoid this. Keep a microfiber cloth right on your desk and if you’re using a Quest or a Go, keep a microfiber cloth in your case or throw it in your pocket. Nobody wants to go down to clean your lenses after some fogging and put your headset back on to realize that you have a large scratch in the left eye. I don’t think that there’s a bigger immersion breaker. Check the owner’s manual along with not using your shirt to clean your lenses.
3. bodily Fluids...
This is problematic for many people, and that is our body oils, for example, whenever you put the headset on top of your head once somebody walks in IRL or if you’re trying to get a drink. It’s a better practice to remove your headset and put it on the table rather than have it sit on the top of your head because the oils from your hair can brush up on the lenses. I don’t think that these natural oils will necessarily hurt your headset, but it’s just another time you are required to clean your lenses and another chance that you could scratch it. Don’t let your facial interface get nasty.
It could cause irritation and start making smell and generally create an ugly situation; you can have a breakout because the facial interface is a little too dirty. This one is straightforward to avoid, and all it takes is some basic maintenance and cleaning your stuff. This problem can also be amplified if you have many people using your headset if you share the headset in the house. Whatever issues you created with your face, bacteria only magnify whenever you add in more people.
4. Cords, Be Very Careful
There are a couple of things that you can do. You can add extension cords to your headset cables that act as a safety breakaway cable, so if any cable is going to have a quick tugging, you don’t ruin your headset or PC, and the wire becomes unplugged. Replacement wires for these HMDs are pretty expensive, so I would avoid breaking them as much as possible, plus you’re not gonna have your headset. If you do break them, I know a ton of people are getting headsets for the first time, so as long as you’re worried about them, you should be in tip-top shape to have your headset for a long time.