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Programmer Joe Jan 13, 2014 @ 2:52pm
How to try SteamVR
Edited to add:
NOTE: These instructions are out of date. Please find the latest instructions here.


As of the most recent Steam Client Beta steam now supports an experimental VR mode. If you
own an Oculus Rift dev kit you can try it out by starting Steam with "-vr" on the command line. Then press the Big Picture button to enter Big Picture + VR mode.

The first time you run you may need to do the following:
1) Run Steam in the desktop client without the -vr option
2) Find "SteamVR" under "Tools" in your library. (If you don't have it installed, install it.)
3) Bring up properties on SteamVR and opt-in to the "Beta Update" beta. Let the update download.
4) Quit the Steam Client again and start it with -vr


Please use this forum to provide feedback on VR mode.

Edited to add: This feature is currently only supported on Windows. Linux and OSX support are on the way.
Last edited by Programmer Joe; Sep 5, 2014 @ 10:59am
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Jimo Jan 13, 2014 @ 2:58pm 
Neat.
python Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:02pm 
So I started the Steam Beta Client with the -vr parameter and launched Big Picture mode but there is no VR at all, just the regular Big Picture UI. Anyone else having problems?
GermanDarknes Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:03pm 
I can confirm this, no VR mode at all.
I've done exactly as you have posted here yet Big picture mode is still launching normally. My rift is working fine and works in other games.
thetaylors09 Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:04pm 
Not that it adds any more data to this problem, but I've run steam via the command prompt with the -vr tag (after restarting from the latest update) and no luck with vr big picture mode
Last edited by thetaylors09; Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:04pm
Xolzec Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:07pm 
Yep doesn't work.
jayohthree Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:10pm 
no dice here, either.
⎠⎞Sno⎠⎞ Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:13pm 
Same, aint working.
Tallcat Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:13pm 
Doesn't work.
Stas pwns Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:14pm 
steam://run/250820/
Originally posted by Stas pwns:
steam://run/250820/

This is just openVR, which in itself is just oculus's configuration utility. We're trying to see the new VR mode added to big picture.
Stas pwns Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:19pm 
Originally posted by IM ACTUALLY A CRATE:
Originally posted by Stas pwns:
steam://run/250820/

This is just openVR, which in itself is just oculus's configuration utility. We're trying to see the new VR mode added to big picture.

sry misclicked, tallcats fault-.-
Biggs Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:21pm 
Please post if anyone figures out big picture VR
Chaz Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:22pm 
WOW I'm impressed. Thank you.
Programmer Joe  [developer] Jan 13, 2014 @ 3:22pm 
There's a bug. I'm working on a fix now.
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