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BoxxMann's Tips - Adjust Seat/Eyepoint with VR


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Greetings friends,

 

Sec 1: Since a lot of new people to VR might not know this, there exists some useful functions in DCS to make getting your seat/eyepoint position properly configured when using a VR HMD. It's simple and here are the key commands:

 

  • RCTRL + RSHFT + KP4,2,6,8 = Moves your eyepoint L,D,R,U respectively
  • RCTRL + RSHFT + KP*, KPMinus = Moves your eyepoint fore and aft
  • RALT + KP0 = Saves your current eyepoint position
  • KP5 Recenters your view (Bind to a joystick or button box button with Joy2Key or other remapper to make centering simple)

Sec 2: There may be those who do not know you can activate your frame rate counter as well. I find activating the frame rate counter really helps me in fine turning my graphical settings in order to keep frames high:

 

  • RCTRL + Pause/Break = Activates your frame counter; doing it again gives more detailed information

Sec 3: And if you want to "trap" your mouse pointer to keep from deactivating DCS as the primary application running on your Windows desktop, the following key combination is what you want:

 

  • ALT+ENTER = Maximizes the DCS mirror on your desktop to keep the mouse from clicking outside of it
  • Options => VR Tab => Check "Confine Mouse to Game Window"

Sec 4: Force VR on and OFF - thank you Alex O'Keefe:

 

  • dcs.exe --force_enable_VR
  • dcs.exe --force_disable_VR

You'd use those commands in two separate DCS shortcuts on your desktop.

 

Sec 5: Turn on and off the tooltip flyouts when hovering your mouse cursor over a cockpit control element (TYVM Skatezilla):

 

  • Options => Gameplay Tab => Tool Tips => Uncheck

Sec 6: Enable RECENTERING and ZOOM for VR and bind it to a button/HOTAS:

 

  • Options => Controls Tab => Left Dropdown (planes) => UI Layer => Recenter VR/ZOOM VR (bind to a button)

Sec 7: Using Asynchronous Space Warp (ASW) for Oculus Rift (CV1 users only):

 

  • CTRL+KP1 - Disable ASW and USE ATW
  • CTRL+KP2 - Force apps to 45hz, DISABLE ASW
  • CTRL+KP3 - Force apps to 45hz, ENABLE ASW
  • CTRL+KP4 - Enable ASW to operate automagically

NB: It appears as if ASW is set to "Automatic" mode by default.

 

Sec 8: Make your Tooltip Text larger and more readable (thanks to jimiC for this one!)

 

  • Edit the file vrtooltip.DLG in the dcsworld\scripts\ui folder - Use Notepad++ to edit this file.
  • Change the text size at line 71 to 20 or so. I personally use 30, and that makes the text size pretty big for easy reading - note that the same setting may be foud on Line 36.

Sec 9: How to enable mirrors without a huge FPS hit (thanks to Knock-Knock for this one!):

 

 

 

 

Happy VR Flying!

 

 

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Added Sec 9 to include improved FPS with mirrors advise
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Pushing up for those who need it :)

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thanks.. how much long till you get your rift!!!

 

Another month :music_whistling:

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Thanks for the helpful commands. I knew the framerate counter but the others were new to me:)

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Thanks for the helpful commands. I knew the framerate counter but the others were new to me:)

 

You're welcome!

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I apologize for dumb question, but what is KP4,2,6,8 (still waiting mine)

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I apologize for dumb question, but what is KP4,2,6,8 (still waiting mine)

 

I think in this case it's confusing for anyone who speaks Russian or uses the Cyrillic alphabet. "KP" in English would be different in Russian. I'd suppose we'd use клавиатура. I'm not entirely sure of what "numeric pad" would be called in Russian...my Russian is very rusty after years of disuse...maybe "номерные клавиатуры" would work or "HK"?

 

KP = keypad (number block on your keyboard)

 

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So does the framerate counter give the FPS per eye or the overall render? I had to scale back my setting from a monitor setup & I'm getting about 45 fps in DCS 2.0 (not over Vegas). '

 

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Force VR on and OFF - thank you Alex O'Keefe:

 

dcs.exe --force_enable_VR

dcs.exe --force_disable_VR

 

Those are command lines to go in your shortcut parameters.

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Added to OP:

 

 

Turn on and off the tooltip flyouts when hovering your mouse cursor over a cockpit control element (TYVM Skatezilla):

 

  • Options => Gameplay Tab => Tool Tips => Uncheck

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I am sure it was mentioned somewhere and I overlooked it, but I discovered that if TIR was running, it messes with where the 'front' view is.

 

The first time I started DCS, the menu was perpendicular to my POV.

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So, this is going to make me sound dumb.... I did not realize until recently that np5 will center your view while looking at the main menu prior to launching any mission. Makes alignment in the cockpit that much closer to being good with only minor adjustments. Posting just in case someone else is as dumb as me. :)

 

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So, this is going to make me sound dumb.... I did not realize until recently that np5 will center your view while looking at the main menu prior to launching any mission. Makes alignment in the cockpit that much closer to being good with only minor adjustments. Posting just in case someone else is as dumb as me. :)

 

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Yeah, it should be part of the brand name. "DCS World: numpad 5 centers view". :D

Or a warning notice in the first execution in VR mode saying: "I understand that numpad 5 centers view. Check this in orders to continue"

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Turn on and off the tooltip flyouts when hovering your mouse cursor over a cockpit control element (TYVM Skatezilla):

 

  • Options => Gameplay Tab => Tool Tips => Uncheck

 

Is there a way to increase the time until the tooltips pops up? Generally, I like the tips but they appear way too fast.


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Is there a way to increase the time until the tooltips pops up? Generally, I like the tips but they appear way too fast.

 

It would be good to be able to set the time it takes for the TT to appear and then vanish. Another way would be to use a second mouse button to open and close the TT to give active control over it if the user wanted. I doubt we'd get either, however.

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There is a way to bind left mousebutton to hotas for VR cursor, or i'm forced to click the physical mouse ?

That would basically void any advantage of looking at the instruments to interact with the cockpit.

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