So I am at it again… I was very very lucky to get a HP mixed reality headset for Christmas mainly down to the fact I like being purchase savvy and the laptop I purchased (sorry my amazing wife as a present) wasn’t only on offer but it still qualified for the headset for free! I thought again this was going to be a very drawn out process and well due to the work I did with the Oculus well it took me all of 20 minutes to get this up and going! The nice thing is its a little easy to set up if I want to demo this out anywhere!
There are only a few steps some hopefully oblivious you miss and others you need to do but go open my other guide in another tab here! (just for reference)
Step 2. Extract both these files to a common location, I decided to put these under the below folder but its fine to chose your own
Step 3. Go setup your Windows Mixed Reality Headset as you usually would if you haven’t already done so
Step 4. Go grab the latest copy of Steam and Steam VR once Steam is setup. This essentially works as our translator/interpreter for our Mixed reality headset. so we don’t need any coding. Before we start to configure VRDCEX we need to launch Steam VR just to ensure it can see the Mixed reality headset. You will also need the following plugin from here via Steam. I found I had to reboot once or twice and ensure that playing around with the Mixed Reality portal being open or not
For any demo’s I usually try and use Standing Only as space is usually limited, you may also get the very cool Portal inspired intro to help you configure the headset… I am not sure if you will see all this below or if it was because I also have the Oculus available on my machine.
If you have got this far hopefully you will now see the below. Try and put on the headset and just make sure that SteamVR does load before continuing
You can see Steam sees the Mixed Reality and Oculus with their respective components
Step 6 (Optional). Go to your extracted files and find the assets folder and wire mock. Create a shortcut on your desktop for On-Prem_Endpoint.bat. You will also need the latest version of Java JRE. The nice thing about this is until you are ready it allows you to play with the app by emulating vCenter.
Check that everything is running by going to https://localhost:8082 before proceeding
Step 7. It sounds odd but go and launch the exe but don’t really worry about your headset. You need to do this as it generates a configuration file under your app data folder that you need to amend. Close the VRDCEX app once its opened and then open the config file. In mine I have put the Wireframe emulator in step 5 but you can put in your own vCenter here at any point.
Step 8. Enjoy…. Go back to Steam and launch your App! Put on your headset and enjoy your virtual datacenter
I have done a little demo video of it running just to show you the subtlety of the way Steam pulls in the Windows controllers VS the Hive or Oculus its really quite clever