Wednesday, 30 July 2014

DK2 CONFIGURATION DEMO: Now with a splash of color.

[ Note:  Had an issue with the original texture file being altered by Blogger (should have seen that coming!)  New link to full file available below.)!a5QnATYS!CR1J-2MYeYmQdnzwaruaIwRtW5I0V5vC17iBcdlSLjA

Great week so far.  DK2 is better than anticipated in many ways.  I would expect that the average VR immersion time per session will be going sharply up over the next short while.  The device works and it works very well.  Great work by Oculus on the engineering and on the current (very smooth) roll out.

I've been quite engaged by the included demo scene with the Oculus Configuration Utility.  It works well as a demonstration of positional tracking and I enjoy the concept of a virtual desk.  I spend most of my reality sitting at a desk, I might as well spend my virtual time at one as well.

With that in mind, I was somewhat surprised at how bare a desk we've been given to stare at, so I took it upon myself take it a bit further this evening.  I'm very pleased by how well the DK2 handles text!

[ UPDATE:  5ess was kind enough to create a video this morning, to show this in action.  Thank you 5ess!  (Spanish) ]

Here are a few awkwardly taken pictures to give you an idea:

If you want to try this out on your own machine, it will take you about only a minute to get setup.  Here are the steps:

1.  Download the modified texture file (please the the end of this post.  18mb!)

2.  Change the write permissions on the following folder:
      C://Program Files (x86)/Oculus/Tools/Resources/DeskScene

This folder should be read only, you must set it to WRITE (right click it and view properties.  You will want to use the Security tab to change permissions.  You may need to be running Windows explorer as Administrator in order to make this change. [right click windows explorer, choose "Run as Administrator.")

3.  Make a backup of "ConfigUtilDeskScene.png" so that you can restore it later.

4.  Overwrite "ConfigUtilDeskScene.png" with the new texture file you downloaded in step one.

5.  Run the demo!  Enjoy!

 ( I hope you like xkcd.  Keep a sharp look out and use the positional tracking to your advantage:  there are a number of hidden things in the scene to be found! )

(if you have any problems getting this to work, please let me know in the comments below and I will try to help you out.  I can also be reached on Twitter at most hours of the day and night at:  @ID_R_McGregor)

All images and photos used here are for entertainment purposes only and belong to their respective and highly talented creators - of which there are many.

Texture file link:!a5QnATYS!CR1J-2MYeYmQdnzwaruaIwRtW5I0V5vC17iBcdlSLjA


  1. Hi Robert, I've downloaded the large image at the end of your post, but it's only about 1.5MB and some of the details are pretty fuzzy. I'm guessing there is supposed to be a much larger image somewhere?

  2. Hi, I love this but I'm having an issue. When I use your texture the demo scene freezes every 3~ seconds for 0.5~ seconds. It's regular and continues on, and it stops doing that when I go back to the original texture. It doesn't do it until I click start (when the table appears).

    1. Thank you for letting me know. I will attempt to compress the texture down a bit and repost and lower resolution version.

    2. Odd that a modern graphics card (with 2+ GB of memory) would be stymied by a single 18MB texture), eh?

    3. But if you do revamp the texture could you remove the profanity? I don't personally mind but I occasionally demo my Rift to children who's parents might not appreciate it. :-)

    4. Ouch. Yes. Sorry about that. I will address that right away.

  3. Hey,
    i just get my hands on a oculus dk2 and want to test some things.

    The idea of this article is a good start.. but i can't find the texture.
    In the "Tools" folder there is no "Resources".
    And in the "Resources" folder in the root, there is only an icon.

    Can somebody tell me where to switch the texture?