How to enroll in the SteamVR beta

If you're a VR fanatic, chances are you've heard of — and are using — SteamVR. It's an add-on tool for the standard Steam platform that supports the likes of Windows Mixed Reality (WMR), HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. SteamVR encompasses video, audio, tracking, and performance settings, plus it has a nifty SteamVR Home area where you can hang out in between games. While SteamVR certainly has plenty of great features already, by enrolling in the SteamVR beta you can test out more that are planned for the near future. It's a quick process; let's get down to it.

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How to enroll in the SteamVR beta

These steps can always be reversed if you find that SteamVR isn't performing properly.

  1. Launch Steam from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Hover your cursor over Library.
  3. Click Tools.

    Hover your cursor over Library. Click Tools.

  4. Right-click SteamVR. You might have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  5. Click Properties.

    Right-click SteamVR. Click Properties.

  6. Click the Betas tab.
  7. Click the dropdown menu.

    Click the Betas tab. Click the dropdown menu.

  8. Click beta - SteamVR Beta Update.
  9. Click Close. The beta software will automatically download.

    Click beta. Click Close.

That's it! You should now see the word "beta" next to most instances of "SteamVR" when snooping around Steam. If you'd like to get back to normal, simply repeat the steps but click None in step 8.

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