How to extend your Oculus Rift cables for about $20

Whether you want to keep your gaming PC in a different room than where you use your Oculus Rift, or you just have a large space to cover for your room-scale VR activities, you might be looking to extend the cables on the headset and to the external sensors. Luckily, it'll only cost you about $20 to get everything ordered for the headset, and about that much again to extend each sensor.

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How to extend your Oculus Rift headset

Your Oculus Rift requires an HDMI extension cable and a USB-A extension cable to connect to your PC. In this case, two six-foot extensions from Monoprice are used.

  1. Plug the male cable ends from the Rift into the female ends on the extension cables.
  2. Plug the extensions into your PC.

You'll now have added six feet to the reach of your Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).

How to extend your Oculus Rift sensors

Extending your Rift sensors

Extra sensors purchased after the Oculus Rift come with a 16-foot extension cable, but you can also extend your original sensors with the 15-foot active USB-A extension from Monoprice.

  1. Plug the male cable end from the sensor into the female end on the extension cable.
  2. Plug the extension into your PC.

Your sensor will now have an extra 15-feet to work with.

Our top equipment picks

Here's the stuff you need to complete the steps in this guide. These cables are suggested by Oculus and are tested to work with the Rift.

Our Pick

Oculus Rift

Premier PC-based VR.

The Rift, coupled with Touch motion controllers and external sensors for precise tracking, is one of the best VR systems you can buy right now.

The Rift delivers an outstanding VR experience, with precisely-tracked motion controllers and an ever-growing library of games. But that doesn't mean its stock cables are long enough for everyone. If you'd like to set things up in a large area for a true room-scale experience — which we recommend everyone try at least once — you can do so on the cheap.

Our Pick

Monoprice six-foot HDMI extension

For your headset's HDMI cable.

Adding six feet to the HDMI cable on your Rift can make a big difference, especially when enjoying a room-scale experience in a large play area.

Suggested by Oculus and tested by plenty of Rift users, this six-foot HDMI cable from Monoprice should have no issues with your headset. It's the same length as the USB cable we also recommend, so there won't be any mismatch.

Our Pick

Monoprice six-foot USB-A extension

For your headset's USB cable.

Your Rift HMD has two cables connecting back to your PC, so make sure you grab this extension as well as the HDMI extension.

This cable is likewise suggested by Oculus and tested by plenty of Rift users, so you shouldn't have any compatibility problems. It's the same six feet as the HDMI extension, meaning you'll get the most length out of both.

Our Pick

Monoprice 15-foot USB-A active extension

For your sensor's USB cable.

Reaching your sensors to their optimal positions in your VR play space might likewise require an extension cable, and this is the one to buy.

It's cheap, it's suggested by Oculus, and it's been tested to confirm it works with Rift sensors. It's also about 15 feet in length, which is no doubt more than enough to hit the back and corners of your VR room.

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