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Hello. I recently bought the HP Reverb G2, coming from the Oculus Rift S. 

 

I'm struggling understanding the difference between, and use of the Mixed Reality Portal, OpenXR and SteamVR. They all seem to do the same, but I cannot seem to understand what one of them does better or different than the other. Several posts suggest to use both SteamVR and OpenXR, while some refer to the MRP, or just OpenXR. Also, I do not need to start steam to make DCS run in VR. It will then use the default HP VR app.

 

-What are the benefits of using SteamVR or any of the other apps beside the HP default one?

-Is there some sort of priority between them, making one of the apps override the settings of another? If so, do I have to start the apps in a certain way before launching DCS?

 

EDIT: I also have Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR in the Steam Library. When would I use this? also

 


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You do need and use Steam VR with WMR.

You do not need or use Open XR - it is not supported in DCS.

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Just now, NightstalkerNOR said:

Most efficient response I've ever seen in the forum. Good job, and many thanks!

 

You are most welcome, have fun!

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Just now, NightstalkerNOR said:

Also, will I have to manually launch WMR, or will it run its settings in the background when launching SteamVR through steam?

 

Some folks do it different ways. I have switched to a Vive Pro 2 now so no longer have it, but what I would always do is the following:

 

Have Windows Mixed Reality for Steam VR installed ( get it from the Steam Store). 

When I powered on headset, the regular WMR would launch. I would close that down, then launch WMR for Steam VR. That launched both programs.

I would then put on the headset and launch DCS.

 

That method always seemed to work trouble free for me.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, dburne said:

 

Some folks do it different ways. I have switched to a Vive Pro 2 now so no longer have it, but what I would always do is the following:

 

Have Windows Mixed Reality for Steam VR installed ( get it from the Steam Store). 

When I powered on headset, the regular WMR would launch. I would close that down, then launch WMR for Steam VR. That launched both programs.

I would then put on the headset and launch DCS.

 

That method always seemed to work trouble free for me.

 

 

Fantastic. Seems to work. Thank you again! 🙂

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I just plug the power box in for my G2 and wait for WMR to open.  Then I get into my gaming position, double-click my DCS icon, pull the G2 down over my eyes, and wait for the exploding triangles.  A few seconds after that, you're in DCS in VR.  You don't have to do the intermediate step of closing WMR and then opening SteamVR For WMR.  SteamVR For WMR will open automatically when a Steam VR application is opened and you have WMR running.

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Just to confuse things, I have to do things a little differently. For me, Steam VR launches when WMR launches. I need to shut this down until I start DCS and then let it start again automatically, as if I don't do this, my mouse cursor will be unresponsive on the DCS GUI in VR. Also, beware , if you start WMR, and have your sound settings other than default, windows will handily reset it to default. In my case, I output DCS to my headphones and Mic, which is " realtek 2nd audio device" in my windows sound options. So I need to remember to go to sound settings and re set this before I start my mission, otherwise I have no headphones sound.......

 

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2 hours ago, eaglecash867 said:

I just plug the power box in for my G2 and wait for WMR to open.  Then I get into my gaming position, double-click my DCS icon, pull the G2 down over my eyes, and wait for the exploding triangles.  A few seconds after that, you're in DCS in VR.  You don't have to do the intermediate step of closing WMR and then opening SteamVR For WMR.  SteamVR For WMR will open automatically when a Steam VR application is opened and you have WMR running.

Same method for me.   Plug in G2...WMR starts automatically...Launch DCS... WMR for Steamvr and Steamvr launch automatically

Re the loss of mouse within VR.  In WMR settings do set to manual for switching between VR and desktop mouse (with the Windows+Y key).  It handles badly otherwise and you often lose the mouse within DCS.

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Steam traditionally uses OpenVR standard which was initially developed for the HTC Vive platform, but they are transitioning everything to OpenXR which will cover all AR and VR platforms including mobile devices.  And this means that Steam will likely sell mobile VR apps/games in their store in the near future.

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When i read all this I like my Oculus Rift S even more, just click and go... Life can be simple.

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17 minutes ago, Lange_666 said:

When i read all this I like my Oculus Rift S even more, just click and go... Life can be simple.

yeah just wait until facebook puts adds throught your rift 🙂  Or until you figure out what they do with data they gather on you.

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I can still hold that off for another 1,5 year. By then i'll get something new or some fake Fxckbook account (i don't have one now, not even What's App like so many are using).

For the rest... i don't have much data to give away. Nothing Oculus is running (not even a single service) when i don't play and then i almost exclusively play DCS. So...

I just wonder what Steam knows about you looking on how it nests itself quite deep into Windows.

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2 hours ago, Lange_666 said:

When i read all this I like my Oculus Rift S even more, just click and go... Life can be simple.

The G2 is just as easy once you have the software you need installed.  We all needed to work through that learning curve on our Oculus HMDs too, we just quickly forgot about that initial hassle once everything was working.  The G2 is the same way. 😎

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Well. To be frank, this topic was only to clarify how to run the HP-reverb to get the most out of it. No issues here, other than the need to understand what different apps to use with the headset. Oculus "needs" the Oculus Tray Tool, so i wouldnt say it's any more "click and go" than HP...

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