Oculus Utilities for Unity


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This section provides an overview of the Utilities package, including its directory structure, the supplied prefabs, and several key C# scripts.

The Utilities package is available from our Unity Downloads page, and as part of the Oculus Integration available from the Unity Asset Store here.

Utilities for Unity Contents

This guide offers a high-level description of contents of the Utilities package.


The contents of the VR folder in the Unity Integration are uniquely named and should be safe to import into an existing project.

The VR directory contains the following subdirectories:

EditorScripts that add functionality to the Unity Editor and enhance several C# component scripts.
MaterialsMaterials used for graphical components within the Utilities package, such as the main GUI display.
MeshesMeshes required by some OVR scripts, such as the TrackerBounds.
PrefabsThe main Unity prefabs used to provide the VR support for a Unity scene: OVRCameraRig and OVRPlayerController.
ResourcesA collection of shaders that can be used at runtime.
ScenesSample scenes illustrating common concepts.
ShadersA collection of shaders that can be used during development.
ScriptsC# files used to tie the VR framework and Unity components together. Many of these scripts work together within the various Prefabs.
TexturesImage assets required by some script components.


This section gives a general overview of the Prefabs provided by the Utilities package including OVRCameraRig, which provides an interface to OVRManager, and OVRPlayerController.

Utilities for Unity provides prefabs in Assets/OVR/Prefabs:

  • OVRCameraRig
  • OVRPlayerController
  • OVRCubemapCaptureProbe

To use, simply drag and drop one of the prefabs into your scene.


OVRCameraRig is a custom VR camera that may be used to replace the regular Unity Camera in a scene. Drag an OVRCameraRig into your scene and you will be able to start viewing the scene.

The primary benefit to using OVRCameraRig is that it provides access to OVRManager, which provides the main interface to the VR hardware. If you do not need such access, a standard Unity camera may be easily configured to add basic VR support; see Unity VR Support for more information.

OVRCameraRig contains one Unity camera, the pose of which is controlled by head tracking; two “anchor” Game Objects for the left and right eyes; and one “tracking space” Game Object that allows you to fine-tune the relationship between the head tracking reference frame and your world. The rig is meant to be attached to a moving object, such as a character walking around, a car, a gun turret, et cetera. This replaces the conventional Camera.

The following scripts (components) are attached to the OVRCameraRig prefab:

  • OVRCameraRig.cs
  • OVRManager.cs

In the OVRCameraRig Inspector is the OVR Manager (Script). This script contains the Tracking settings for your app. The tracking space you select depends on the Oculus device you are building for.

Oculus Rift and Oculus Go development -

  • Eye Level - Sets the tracking origin at the user’s eye level.
  • Floor Level - Sets the tracking origin at the users floor level.

Oculus Quest development -

  • Local - (Default) User-initiated recentering works as normal. This is the preferred behavior for most apps.
  • Stage - Has its origin on the floor at the center of the play area with its forward direction pointed towards one of the edges of the bounding box of the play area. Not affected by user-initiated recenter. For example, an app might dynamically layout furniture to take advantage of the full guardian space defined by the user.
  • Tilted - For when the user is reclining, such as in bed.

Learn more about the OVRCameraRig and OVRManager components in Unity Components.


The OVRPlayerController is the easiest way to start navigating a virtual environment. It is basically an OVRCameraRig prefab attached to a simple character controller. It includes a physics capsule, a movement system, a simple menu system with stereo rendering of text fields, and a cross-hair component.

To use, drag the player controller into an environment and begin moving around using a gamepad, or a keyboard and mouse.

One script (Components) is attached to the OVRPlayerController prefab:

  • OVRPlayerController.cs


This prefab allows you to capture a static 360 screenshot of your application while it is running, either at a specified time after launch, when a specified key is pressed, or when the static function OVRCubemapCapture.TriggerCubemapCapture is called. For more information on this function, see our Unity Developer Reference.

OVRCubemapCaptureProbe is based on OVR Screenshot (see Cubemap Screenshots for more information).

Screenshots are taken from the perspective of your scene camera. They are written to a specified directory and may be either JPEG or PNG. File type is specified by the file extension entered in the Path Name field; default is PNG. Resolution is configurable.

Basic Use

Drag OVRCubemapCaptureProbe into the scene and set the parameters as desired in the Inspector view.


Auto Trigger After LaunchSelect to enable capture after a delay specified in Auto Trigger Delay. Otherwise capture is triggered by the keypress specified in Triggered by Key.
Auto Trigger DelaySpecify delay after application launch before cubemap is taken. (requires Auto Trigger After Launch selected).
Triggered By KeySpecifies key to trigger image capture (requires Auto Trigger After Launch not selected).
Path NameSpecifies directory, file name, and file type (JPEG or PNG) for screen capture.Windows default path: C:\Users$username\AppData\LocalLow\Sample$yourAppName\OVR_ScreenShot306\Android default path: /storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com.unity3d.$yourAppName/files/OVR_ScreenShot360/Default file type: PNG.
Cubemap SizeSpecify size (2048 x 2048 is default, and is the resolution required for preview cubemaps submitted to the Oculus Store).

Unity Components

This section gives a general overview of the Components provided by the Utilities package.


OVRCameraRig is a Component that controls stereo rendering and head tracking. It maintains three child “anchor” Transforms at the poses of the left and right eyes, as well as a virtual “center” eye that is halfway between them.

This Component is the main interface between Unity and the cameras. It is attached to a prefab that makes it easy to add comfortable VR support to a scene.

Important: All camera control should be done through this component. You should understand this script when implementing your own camera control mechanism.

Android and Rift Public Members

Updated AnchorsAllows clients to filter the poses set by tracking. Used to modify or ignore positional tracking.

Game Object Structure

TrackingSpaceA Game Object that defines the reference frame used by tracking. You can move this relative to the OVRCameraRig for use cases in which the rig needs to respond to tracker input. For example, OVRPlayerController changes the position and rotation of TrackingSpace to make the character controller follow the yaw of the current head pose.


OVRManager is the main interface to the VR hardware. It is a singleton that exposes the Oculus SDK to Unity, and includes helper functions that use the stored Oculus variables to help configure camera behavior.

This component is added to the OVRCameraRig prefab. It can be part of any application object. However, it should only be declared once, because it includes public members that allow for changing certain values in the Unity Inspector. If OVRManager is present in your scene, VR will be automatically enabled.

OVRManager.cs contains the following public members:

Queue Ahead (Deprecated)When enabled, distortion rendering work is submitted a quarter-frame early to avoid pipeline stalls and increase CPU-GPU parallelism.
Use Recommended MSAA LevelTrue by default. When enabled, Unity will use the optimal antialiasing level for quality/performance on the current hardware.
Enable Adaptive Resolution (Rift only)Enable to configure app resolution to scale down as GPU exceeds 85% utilization, and to scale up as it falls below 85% (range 0.5 - 2.0; 1 = normal density). Requires Unity 5.4 or later.To minimize the perceived artifacts from changing resolution, there is a two-second minimum delay between every resolution change.
Min Render Scale (Rift only)Sets minimum bound for Adaptive Resolution (default = 0.7).
Max Render Scale (Rift only)Sets maximum bound for Adaptive Resolution (default = 1.0).
Unity Mixed Reality Capture 
Use Direct Composition (Rift only)Opens mixed reality capture view in direct composition mode. Deselect to set to external composition mode.
Green Screen Color Tolerance A (Rift only)Sets how heavily to weigh non-green values in a pixel for mixed reality capture. (direct composition only)
Green Screen Color Tolerance B (Rift only)Sets how heavily to weigh green values in a pixel for mixed reality capture. (direct composition only)
Green Screen Color Alpha Cutoff (Rift only)Alpha cutoff is evaluated after the chroma-key evaluation and before the bleed test to take pixels with a low alpha value and fully discard them. (For mixed reality capture, direct composition only.)
Green Screen Color Shadows (Rift only)Shadow threshold reduces dark pixels to mitigate the shadow casting issues. (For mixed reality capture, direct composition only.)
Tracking Origin TypeSet to Eye Level to track the position and orientation y-axis relative to the HMDs position. Set to Floor Level to track position and orientation relative to the floor, based on the users standing height as specified in the Oculus Configuration Utility. Default is Eye Level.
Use Position TrackingDisables the IR tracker and causes head position to be inferred from the current rotation using the head model.
Use IPD in Position TrackingIf enabled, the distance between the user’s eyes will affect the position of each OVRCameraRig’s cameras.
Reset Tracker On LoadWhen disabled, subsequent scene loads will not reset the tracker. This will keep the tracker orientation the same from scene to scene, as well as keep magnetometer settings intact.
Color and Scale OffsetUse to apply effects to the scene, such as a fade-to-black effect. Applies an offset to each pixel once the frame has completed rendering. Each pixel is modified where newPixel = oldPixel * colorScale + colorOffset. colorOffset is only supported on Rift.
Late Controller UpdateTrue by default. Updates the pose of the controllers immediately before rendering, for lower latency between real-world and virtual controller movement. To note - if controller poses are used for simulation/physics, the position may be slightly behind the position used for rendering (~10ms). Any calculations done at simulation time may not exactly match the controller’s rendered position.

Floating-point format eye buffers

Rift only. Requires Unity 5.6.1p1 or later and Utilities 1.15 or later.

8-bit sRGB framebuffers work well for non-VR apps. However, due to the light-locked nature of VR, when sRGB buffers are used in VR apps, the user’s eyes can adjust to the dark, allowing them to detect subtle differences in dark areas of the scene, including color banding artifacts.

You may use OVRManager to submit floating-point format eye buffers to the Oculus runtime, which helps eliminate color banding in dark areas that might have been visible with 8-bit sRGB eye buffers.

OVRManager supports two floating point formats:

  • R11G11B10_FP: this format has same bandwidth cost with regular 8 bits sRGB framebuffer, so there should be no extra performance cost for regular rendering. This format should be good enough for most applications to remove color banding. However, as the name indicates, there is no alpha channel for this format, so if your application requires destination alpha blending or needs to sample the frame buffer alpha channel, you might prefer R16G16B16A16_FP
  • R16G16B16A16_FP: this format has full alpha channel with 16-bit floating point precision, which should be compatible with your application even if it requires framebuffer alpha channel. The bandwidth cost is 2x of 8 bit sRGB format.

To enable this feature, add OVRManager.eyeTextureFormat = R11G11B10_FP or OVRManager.eyeTextureFormat= R16G16B16A16_FP into your Unity initialization script.

Helper Classes

In addition to the above components, your scripts can always access the HMD state via static members of OVRManager. For detailed information, see our Unity Scripting Reference.

OVRDisplayProvides the pose and rendering state of the HMD.
OVRTrackerProvides the pose, frustum, and tracking status of the infrared tracking sensor.

Rift Recentering

OVRManager.display.RecenterPose() recenters the head pose and the tracked controller pose, if present (see OVRInput for more information on tracking controllers).

If Tracking Origin Type is set to Floor Level, OVRManager.display.RecenterPose() resets the x-, y-, and z-axis position to origin. If it is set to Eye Level, the x-, y-, and z-axis are all reset to origin, with the y-value corresponding to the height calibration performed with the Oculus Configuration Utility. In both cases, the y rotation is reset to 0, but the x and z rotation are unchanged to maintain a consistent ground plane.

Recenter requests are passed to the Oculus C API. For a more detailed description of what happens subsequently, please see VR Focus Management in our PC SDK Developer Guide.


OVRPlayerControllerOVRPlayerController implements a basic first-person controller for the VR framework. It is attached to the OVRPlayerController prefab, which has an OVRCameraRig attached to it.The controller will interact properly with a Unity scene, provided that the scene has collision detection assigned to it.OVRPlayerController contains a few variables attached to sliders that change the physics properties of the controller. This includes Acceleration (how fast the player will increase speed), Dampening (how fast a player will decrease speed when movement input is not activated), Back and Side Dampen (how much to reduce side and back Acceleration), Rotation Amount (the amount in degrees per frame to rotate the user in the Y axis) and Gravity Modifier (how fast to accelerate player down when in the air). When HMD Rotates Y is set, the actual Y rotation of the cameras will set the Y rotation value of the parent transform that it is attached to.The OVRPlayerController prefab has an empty Game Object attached to it called ForwardDirection. This Game Object contains the matrix which motor control bases it direction on. This Game Object should also house the body geometry which will be seen by the player.
OVRGridCubeOVRGridCube is a helper class that shows a grid of cubes when activated. Its main purpose is to be used as a way to know where the ideal center of location is for the user’s eye position. This is especially useful when positional tracking is activated. The cubes will change color to red when positional data is available, and will remain blue if position tracking is not available, or change back to blue if vision is lost.

Game Object Structure

ForwardDirectionAn empty Game Object attached to the OVRPlayerController prefab containing the matrix upon which motor control bases its direction. This Game Object should also house the body geometry which will be seen by the player.See TrackingSpace in OVRCameraRig for more information

For more information on OVRInput, see OVRInput.

Oculus Scripts and Scenes

The Utilities package includes scripts to assist with development and a handful of trivial scenes.

A handful of rudimentary sample scenes are provided in Assets/OVR/Scenes. They illustrate simple implementations of basic components and may be useful for verifying that VR functionality is working properly. For much more detailed samples including scripts and assets that you may re-use in your own applications, see Unity Sample Framework.

TrivialAn empty scene with one cube and a plain Unity camera. If this scene fails to render normally, Unitys VR support is not working.
CubesA 3D array of cubes and an OVRCameraRig from the Utilities package.
RoomA cubic room formed from six cubes enclosing an OVRPlayerController. Includes the scripts OVRGrabber and OVRGrabbable, enabling users to pick up cubes with Touch controllers.

Scripts for assisting with Android development are located in Assets/OVR/Scripts/. Scripts included in the folder that are not intended for developers to use are omitted from this list.

OVRBoundary Guardian System API 
OVRGrabberAllows grabbing and throwing of objects with the OVRGrabbable component on them using Oculus Touch. Requires OVRGrabbable to use.
OVRGrabbableAttach to objects to allow them to be grabbed and thrown with the Oculus Touch. Requires OVRGrabber to use.
OVRHaptics for Oculus Touch 
OVRHaptics for Oculus Touch 
VR Compositor Layers 
Mobile SDK documentation 
OVRTouchpad.csInterface class to a touchpad.

Simple scripts for assisting with Andoid development are located in Assets/OVR/Scripts/Util. Scripts included in the folder that are not intended for developers to use are omitted from this list.

OVRChromaticAberration.csDrop-in component for toggling chromatic aberration correction on and off for Android.
OVRModeParms.csExample code for de-clocking your application to reduce power and thermal load as well as how to query the current power level state.
OVRMonoscopic.csDrop-in component for toggling Monoscopic rendering on and off for Android.
OVRResetOrientation.csDrop-in component for resetting the camera orientation.
OVRWaitCursor.csHelper component for auto-rotating a wait cursor.

See our Oculus Utilities for Unity Reference Manual for a more detailed look at these and other C# scripts. Undocumented scripts may be considered internal, and should generally never be modified.