Requirements for Virtual Reality in Chief Architect


Reference Number: KB-03092
Last Modified: May 22, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


QUESTION

I am having problems using the Virtual Reality mode in Chief Architect. To avoid problems and get the best performance I can, what do you recommend?


ANSWER

There are a number of things that you need in order to run Virtual Reality in Chief Architect and get the best performance possible on your system.


System Requirements

In order to run Virtual Reality in Chief Architect, your computer must meet Chief Architect's system requirements. In addition, make sure: 

  • Your computer meets the system requirements for your VR headset, particularly for graphics card. 
  • The graphics card drivers are up to date.
  • You have the most recent drivers installed for your VR headset.
  • Your VR headset firmware is current.


Install Steam

Before you can run Virtual Reality in Chief Architect, you must first install Steam, a game and software distribution program available at https://store.steampowered.com/about/

Once it has been installed, you must also run the SteamVR Setup so that your headset runs through the Steam software.


Connect Your VR Headset

Two virtual reality headset models are supported for use in Chief Architect: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Note: Virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, and Google Daydream are not supported with this functionality. 

If your headset is connected but is not recognized by the program, make sure that Steam has been installed, SteamVR Setup has been run, and that your drivers and firmware are both up to date. If problems continue, refer to your headset's documentation to make sure that it is connected correctly.


Turn Off Other Apps

To avoid slow performance that could result in motion sickness, turn off any other processor and graphics intensive applications on your system before launching Virtual Reality.


Adjust Settings in the Camera

It is recommended that you turn off Reflections prior to launching Virtual Reality mode. This setting can be found in the Camera Specification dialog.

It is also a good idea to turn off any unnecessary lights and shadows. An efficient way to do this is using the Adjust Lights dialog. You may want to create a custom Light Set specifically for use in Virtual Reality.