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Another big SteamVR update is out now, with plenty of Linux fixes for VR enthusiasts

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SteamVR 1.8 is now out of Beta and with it, comes plenty of updates to the whole system with some big audio changes and some good sounding Linux fixes.

The biggest changes seem to be on the audio side of SteamVR with this release. By default, SteamVR will now select the correct audio input and output devices that actually belong to the active VR HMD. Valve said this works with the Index, Vive, Vive Pro, Rift and Rift S. OpenVR HMD drivers will also "in the near future" be able to tell SteamVR about audio devices too, so that's great. They've updated the settings UI too, to reflect this as you can override the audio input/output. Additionally, if you saw your audio settings vanish after updates, they fixed multiple problems there. There's plenty more, like SteamVR now actually restoring audio settings to their correct prior state, Index HMDs default to 40% audio instead of 100% when run for the first time, so newer users shouldn't get such a shock and so on.

If you saw flickering issues, this release might also help with that. The default colour is now black which should help avoid it on startup, plus there's a fix for flickering overlays with games that don't have a good framerate. Their Base Stations also saw a few adjustments, including improvements to Base Station 2.0 wireless updates which should be less flaky now.

On the Linux side, there's some really big sounding improvements. They managed to fix asynchronous reprojection hitches and stutters, thanks to many bug reports. Performance on lower-end Linux systems was turned up a notch, various crashes were solved, using 100% of one CPU core on recent NVIDIA drivers was squished, a ghost window opening for desktop webui panels should no longer happen along with an empty window on the desktop opening when SteamVR is started and so on.

Really great to see so many fixes for Linux Virtual Reality getting in. See the full release notes here.

For our readers who do have some VR device, has this big 1.8 made an improvement for you? Do let us know in the comments.

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Beamboom 6 November 2019 at 7:58 pm UTC
Morguldir
BeamboomSo, Valve, when oh WHEN will your Index be made available in northern Europe? I have been sitting here for a long time already throwing money on my screen! It doesn't help! Nothing happens!

It's been available in Sweden, Finland and Denmark since launch

Are you sure? When I check on gamestop.se it's not in the store there? Have you got a link for me?


Last edited by Beamboom on 6 November 2019 at 8:02 pm UTC
Morguldir 6 November 2019 at 8:36 pm UTC
Beamboom
Morguldir
BeamboomSo, Valve, when oh WHEN will your Index be made available in northern Europe? I have been sitting here for a long time already throwing money on my screen! It doesn't help! Nothing happens!

It's been available in Sweden, Finland and Denmark since launch

Are you sure? When I check on gamestop.se it's not in the store there? Have you got a link for me?

The Valve Index is only sold on Steam
peta77 6 November 2019 at 8:44 pm UTC
wolfyrionI am thinking to get Valve Index VR as Xmas Present, I wonder if its worth it to use it under Linux.

Also I wonder how is VR under Linux , do we have enough titles or at the end is not worth it?
It developed pretty well with the recent updates and, at least for me, works pretty fine. That with a Vive, but I suppose the Index should perform at least as well as it's Valve's own stuff.
There are a couple of titles already, like Talos Principle VR, Allspace, ZED and others. Also it works pretty well together with proton. So if you have a VR game that works with proton, it's very likely you get it running with your VR equipment. The only thing I'm missing is a VR Video Player for Linux to view stereoscopic videos. Steams VR video play unfortunately isn't available for Linux. But I guess that's just a matter of time...
TangoBaker 7 November 2019 at 8:14 am UTC
[quote=peta77]
wolfyrion...The only thing I'm missing is a VR Video Player for Linux to view stereoscopic videos.

Try Skybox through proton. Works pretty good for me.
peta77 7 November 2019 at 10:12 pm UTC
[quote=TangoBaker]
peta77
wolfyrion...The only thing I'm missing is a VR Video Player for Linux to view stereoscopic videos.

Try Skybox through proton. Works pretty good for me.
Good recommendation, thanks. It's stuttering a bit sometimes (when scanning directories), crashes when using the menu button from my controller. But if you take care of it, it works fine. Until there's a decent native tool it will do for a while.
Sil_el_mot 8 November 2019 at 12:05 am UTC
Since the latest update steamvrdoesnt work anymore for me.
wtf?
Beamboom 8 November 2019 at 1:38 pm UTC
MorguldirThe Valve Index is only sold on Steam

Oh! Well that explains *everything*. Thanks, I'll have to go find me a Swede!
SlickMcRunFast 9 November 2019 at 4:06 am UTC
Audio switching kind of worked for me. Nothing in the steam big picture, and nothing in steam vr home but when I launched beat saber it was playing sound right away. Too bad the volume slider still does nothing.
peta77 11 November 2019 at 8:15 pm UTC
Sil_el_motSince the latest update steamvrdoesnt work anymore for me.
wtf?
Having issues too: library/game selection won't come up anymore, vr-home is sometimes replaced by simple environment picture, ...
Have to start & end (why do developers in vr tend to omit a quit option in the menu?) games from the desktop and then can go on in vr.. that kind of works for me... but the vr-interface before running a game is pretty broken at the moment...
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