Setting up the SteamVR™ base stations

Below is a step-by-step guide for setting up the base stations.


1. Prepare the room where you are going to use the headset. 

Make sure to clear the room of any obstacles you may encounter when using the headset.

Please be aware that reflective surfaces may interfere with tracking; if possible, cover all reflective surfaces in the base stations’ field of view.

2. Choose the positions for the base stations.  

The recommended distances are:

  • Minimum 1.5 meters (5 ft) between each base station and the headset.
  • Maximum 5 meters (16 ft) between the base stations.


  • Four base stations 2.0 are recommended if you plan to move around the room.
  • Two base stations 2.0 or 1.0 are sufficient for sitting and stationary use.
3. Adjust the height and angle of the base stations.

  • Place the base stations at a minimum height of 2 meters (6.5 ft) and angled down 30–45 degrees.
  • Make sure the base stations are in direct line of sight with each other and the headset. Tip: when moving around, ensure that there is a continuous line of sight between the base stations and the headset.
  • Use the wall-mounting kit (included in the box) or a tripod (not included). If you need additional instructions, check the manufacturer’s detailed guide (PDF) on how to use the mounting kit.
4. Plug in the base stations.

The box includes two different power plugs (a standard European type C and North American type A); choose the plug that is suitable for your region. Use a standard power adapter if needed.

5. Set the channels for your base stations.

Follow the instructions below depending on the version you have.  

A. Setting channels for Base stations 1.0 

Tip: You will recognize this generation from the rectangular shape of the device. 

  1. Locate the Mode button on the back of the device.
  2. Set the channels according to how many base stations you are using:

    1 base station = a
    2 base stations = b + c 

B. Setting channels for Base stations 2.0 

Tip: You will recognize this generation from the rounded front panel. 

  1. Use a paper clip or similar tool to operate the Mode button on the back of the device. 
  2. Use Varjo Base to check the current channel for each base station. 
  3. Set each base station to a different channel (between 1 and 16). One button-press advances the channel selection by one.