Installing the VR Cameras in The Ascent though is not as easy as you may think, and this mission is in fact one of the longest in the game, simply because you won’t be able to complete Silicon Optics right away.
To finish this mission, simply follow the guide below and I’ll tell you everything you need to know about it and when you should approach it.
What Is Silicon Optics?
Silicon Optics is a fetch side mission in The Ascent.
When Should You Start The Ascent Silicon Optics Mission?
The recommended level for this side mission is 22, so although you can start it the moment you reach Cluster 13, to be able to complete it you’ll need to finish Syntax Error Main Mission.
What Do You Get For Completing Silicon Optics In The Ascent?
For finishing this side mission you’ll get 55.000 XP and 22.000 Ucreds.
Where To Install The VR Cameras In The Ascent?
Harlan’s VR Cameras must be installed in specific locations, districts, and Tiers, all of them being listed below.
Where To Find Harlan (Silicon Optics Quest Giver)?
Harlan is found just south of the Cluster 13 Train Station.
He is overseeing the district from a balcony.
You can see his location on the map below as well as his in-game position.
The Ascent All VR Cameras Locations
After you talk to Harlan your objective is straightforward.
You are asked to install 5 VR Cameras, the first one being in Gratitude.
At this point, what you need to do is to completely forget about this mission and focus on progressing the game’s story up to the point when you reach the Pinnacle.
This happens during the Syntax Error Main Mission, which means that you’ll want to approach this quest before starting the Recompile Main Mission.
If you ask yourself why, well there are several reasons:
- After you finish Syntax Error, you’ll get access to all areas where these VR Cameras must be installed
- You’ll be able to move faster using the Taxi
- You’ll also have enough Ucreds to spend on the said Taxi
- Most enemies you’ll encounter will die almost instantly
Where To Install VR Camera In Gratitude
So, assuming you finished Syntax Error, fast travel to Gratitude and look for the camera near the lightning spot below.
After you install it, interact with it again to call Harlan.
Where To Install Harlan’s VR Camera In The Grinder
Once you talk to Harlan, the next camera you have to install is the one in The Grinder.
Press left on your D-Pad, then use a taxi to travel to The Grinder.
As you can see the camera must be installed on a balcony overseeing the city. Impressive world, isn’t it?
Where To Install The Acent VR Camera In The Umbilical
Once you call Harlan, travel to Archology: The Warrens, then take the elevator on the left side to reach Tier Highstreet.
Call a taxi and head over to The Umbilical.
As you can notice in my screenshot this camera must be installed on a helipad.
Where To Install The VR Camera In Scrapland
The fourth camera is the one in Scrapland.
From your previous location, just call a taxi to take you there, then look for the camera in the southern part of the area.
It is next to a container you can’t miss because one of the game’s side-missions starts here.
Where To Install The VR Camera In The Pinnacle
The last camera Harlan wants to be installed is the one in The Pinnacle.
Take a cab from Scrapland and go to Archology Highstreet.
Now use the northern elevator to get to The Pinnacle.
The camera must be installed on another balcony in the backyard.
Now that you installed all of Harlan’s VR Cameras, the only thing left to do is to pay him a visit and claim your rewards for the Silicon Optics side-mission.