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SteamVR Beta gets an SDL fix for Fedora Linux fans

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Valve seem to be actually cleaning up SteamVR on Linux a bit more recently, which is kind of exciting when it's been left rough for so long.

A Beta update for SteamVR on April 26th included fixes on Linux for uninitialized memory in the right eye, they fixed the SteamVR Home launch script and even improved launch scripts and log capture for bug reports. An earlier one on March 26th also added support for direct mode drivers (IVRDriverDirectModeComponent) on Linux too.

Now we have another small update to the SteamVR Beta that "Fixed an SDL compatibility problem on Fedora" along with two other main SteamVR changes:

  • Fixing missing haptic component in some Vive tracker profiles.
  • Fixing some scenarios where the menu button didn't work on trackers.

We've seen the rumours for a long time now on an upcoming Valve Steam VR headset, code-named Deckard. So perhaps we're starting to see a little extra work here towards that end? Who knows. Either way, it's truly nice to see Linux actually getting some VR attention from Valve.

For our VR readers: what's the issue annoying you the most with VR on Linux right now?

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artixbtw May 7
Biggest frustration? Well, last I tried 2.0+, the bug that causes async reprojection to be unusable still hasn't been fixed:
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/SteamVR-for-Linux/issues/616
Ehvis May 7
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Quoting: artixbtwBiggest frustration? Well, last I tried 2.0+, the bug that causes async reprojection to be unusable still hasn't been fixed:
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/SteamVR-for-Linux/issues/616

That would be mine as well. No report from the last three betas though, so I may take my upcoming free week to run a few tests.
Brokatt May 7
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How is the VR experience on Linux? I have a Valve Index but haven't used it since I switched from Windows.
The fix for Fedora should theoretically also fix an issue I've been experiencing on Arch, though I still have to try it.
Ehvis May 7
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Quoting: BrokattHow is the VR experience on Linux? I have a Valve Index but haven't used it since I switched from Windows.

There are definitely issues, but there's also a lot that works well. With an Index, it's worth setting up.
Corben May 7
What Ehvis says.

What I've played with either an OG HTC Vive or a Valve Index recently (with nVidia GPU):

  • Beat Saber (legacy branch, should be fixed now)
  • Synth Riders with this neat song downloader
  • Pistol Whip (had to downgrade, but might be fixed now)
  • Elite Dangerous Horizons (Odyssey works too with parts being theatre mode)
  • No Man's Sky
  • Hubris
  • Wanderer (needs a save game transfer to Windows shorty for continuation at some points once)
  • Cybrid
  • Until You Fall
  • After The Fall
  • Dead Effect 2 VR
  • Doom VFR
  • Borderlands 2 VR
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • Groove Gunner
  • Megaton Rainfall
  • OhShape
  • Prey: Typhoon Hunter
  • Propagation VR
  • Ragnarock
  • Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
  • The Solus Project
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • The Station VR
  • Vacation Simulator
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
  • Westworl Awakening
  • Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot

Yep... a lot of stuff works! VR on Linux is fun!
buono May 7
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Quoting: CorbenSynth Riders with this neat song downloader

Just to say it's working again out of the box. I missed this game so much. :)
based May 7
My Main annoyances are:
-having to mount base stations & them being fragile
-being afraid its still too buggy
-wanting more portable ("base-less") VR
-not having VR

Jokes aside do VR users think 3060Ti is good enough for VR?


Last edited by based on 7 May 2024 at 6:26 pm UTC
great!
i played a lot vr games on linux when using arch. switched to fedora 6 months ago (dont have that much time tinkering anymore) and had a lot of problems i hadn't before.
did anybody got a nice vr-video-player working on fedora?
i used to use vr-video-player on ubuntu and arch (https://git.dec05eba.com/vr-video-player) but cant get it work on fedora :(
artixbtw May 8
Quoting: BrokattHow is the VR experience on Linux? I have a Valve Index but haven't used it since I switched from Windows.
All I'm going to say is that you should probably use SteamVR 1.27.5 for the time being. Yes, the dashboard looks totally broken, but games themselves work perfectly.

Now, since the dashboard is pretty essential for some basic things like editing control layouts, and some other issues might happen, there are some guides you should use if you get stuck:

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2805545613
https://vronlinux.org/

This seems to be the most active Linux VR community:

https://lvra.gitlab.io/

But overall, unless you are expecting an out-of-the-box experience (which Linux VR is not), I recommend that you at least give it a try.


Last edited by artixbtw on 8 May 2024 at 5:28 pm UTC
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