We’re always updating our game guide with the best settings for playing games in VR, but if there’s a gap we haven’t covered yet you can use this guide to work through the settings to focus on.
The very first thing to check is your Windows power mode is set to
High Performance rather than anything else such as
Power Saver - these modes will dramatically inhibit performance and leave you extremely confused.
Double check your headset is running in
Direct Mode - if it isn’t, your SteamVR will show a warning that performance will be degraded. You can try toggle this by heading to SteamVR settings, then
Developer and scroll down to
Enable Direct Mode which requires a restart of SteamVR.
It’s hard to cover every setting that might appear in your game, so here’s a set of common ones we tend to change:
There’s a bunch of settings you can adjust in Bigscreen to optimize performance for games with higher demands, such as Overwatch.
The absolute best environment for performance focused gamers is Bigscreen’s
Void - it’s optimized for playing in VR and has minimal effects. Others, such as
Andromeda are marked with a green leaf and are optimized for gaming as well, but still have a performance impact.
We recommend working through these options, from top to bottom, but only once you’ve tried adjusting your game:
Anti-aliasing: Disable it entirely and you may see a marginal improvement in performance.
Supersampling: This method renders games at higher resolutions than are available, then down-samples the image to the native resolution of your headset. We recommend either
0.5x if your PC is unable to maintain a stable 60 FPS.
f.lux: Some users have reported f.lux can interfere with performance, particularly as your game launches or adjusts window resolution. We recommend disabling it before jumping in, if this happens to you.
If you’ve found a setting that makes a big difference to your game’s performance, or maybe the perfect setup for getting Civilization V to work in VR, we’d love to talk. Just hit one of the buttons below and say hello.