SteamVR Preview For Windows MR Now Available!
Up until now only developers have had access to the SteamVR beta for Windows Mixed Reality, but today SteamVR Preview has been released for the general public. This gives Windows Mixed Reality VR HMD owners access to over 2000 VR apps, including hundreds of games! You can watch a trailer for SteamVR above. Although it’s an old trailer featuring the HTC Vive, plus some of the games featured are already available for Windows Mixed Reality in the Windows Store.
To use the SteamVR preview the first thing to do is download the latest Windows 10 Update. Here’s a message from Microsoft’s Jonathan Lyon explaining more about it in the SteamVR Preview discussion board:
Install the Latest Windows Update for Improved SteamVR Performance with Windows Mixed Reality
Today’s update [support.microsoft.com] to Windows 10 (16299.64) includes a key performance improvement for SteamVR with Windows Mixed Reality. As many of you have told us, SteamVR with Windows Mixed Reality has only been able to use half of the available CPU resources on the PC. This Windows update removes that limitation, resulting in a significant performance improvement.
This update will install automatically from Windows Update. To make sure it gets installed, go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update, and click Check for Updates. After installing all available updates, return to that page and click Check for Updates again to make sure there are no additional updates pending.
You can additionally check your Windows version by going to Settings > System > About. Under Windows specifications, make sure OS Build is 16299.64 or greater.
Thank you for all of the great feedback so far. We are listening and using it to build a better experience. Please keep it coming!
It is also highly recommended to have a PC or laptop that has “Windows Mixed Reality Ultra” specs and further recommended to have an i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 1070 or greater graphics card for the best experience. Plus please remember that this is not the final version of SteamVR for Windows Mixed Reality, just a beta. So some games may not work properly or at all and there will be bugs.
SteamVR installation & setup
Next, download the SteamVR Preview for Windows Mixed Reality from Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/719950/Windows_Mixed_Reality_for_SteamVR/
Then read the setup instructions here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4053622/windows-10-play-steamvr-games-in-windows-mixed-reality
Here is how the Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers work with SteamVR:
To test SteamVR I would recommend downloading many of free games and demos available on Steam. The first one you should download is The Lab, an excellent free game by Valve that features numerous motion-controlled mini-games and experiences. You can watch a trailer for The Lab below, which features most of those mini-games and experiences:
Oculus Rift games via Revive
SteamVR support also allows Revive support, which means you will be able to play many Oculus Rift exclusives. I previously mentioned Lone Echo, although there are conflicting reports about whether that game works with Windows Mixed Reality VR HMDs or not. The latest version of Revive can be downloaded by clicking HERE and I will be posting an article about how to install it soon. You should always keep Revive up to date to ensure compatibility with the latest games.
Check the Windows Store first!
If you do plan on buying any games, experiences or apps on SteamVR you should first check whether they are already available in the Windows Store or have already been announced for Windows Mixed Reality, as they will work best running on Windows Mixed Reality natively rather than running through even the final version of the SteamVR app. I would also recommend contacting the developers of any SteamVR games you want to buy and ask them whether they will be releasing native Windows Mixed Reality versions on the Windows Store.
Here is a list of games that are already available for Windows Mixed Reality in the Windows Store:
- Arizona Sunshine
- Barrels Up
- Dark Legion VR
- Eternity Warriors VR
- Fantastic Contraption
- Floor Plan: Hands-On Edition
- Gravity Lab
- GunSpinning VR
- Headbutt Factory
- Heroes Of the Seven Seas VR
- I Expect You To Die
- Minecraft VR
- QuiVr (called QuiVr Heroes in the Windows Store.)
- Racket: Nx
- SUPERHOT VR
- Snow Fortress
- Space Pirate Trainer
- Stunt Kite Masters
- Tee Time Golf
- The Bellows
- VR Soccer Wall
- VR: Vacate The Room (called MR: Move Out Of The Room in the Windows Store.)
Here is a list of games that are already announced for Windows Mixed Reality:
- ARK Park
- Ancient Amuletor VR
- Black Shield
- Bomb U!
- Bullet Sorrow VR
- Rec Room
- TEOT: The End Of Tomorrow (free demo available in the Windows Store.)
- Apex Construct
As there are hundreds of VR games on Steam I will just be covering some of the best ones currently released that I have played (some may be Early Access though) and promising-looking ones that have been announced. I haven’t yet decided whether to add these games to the games list, but if I do they will be labeled with SteamVR.
Have you got a Windows Mixed Reality VR HMD and tried SteamVR Preview? If so which games, experiences or apps have you tried and how does SteamVR currently work for you? Let us know in the comments below, or create a discussion in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Games forum or our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Apps and Hacks forum.