WMR on a monitorSource: Windows Central

SteamVR integration with Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is here in the form of a bridging app, letting you inject yourself into the vast Steam platform. You're now getting access to thousands more apps, games, and experiences that make this union truly special. Let's take a look at how to get everything working together so you can get into VR as soon as possible!

Products used in this guide

Update your Windows 10 PC

To ensure everything is working properly, update your Windows 10 PC. If you know for sure your PC is up to date; you can skip these steps.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Update & Security.

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  4. Click Windows Update.
  5. Click Check for updates.

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Windows will now check if there are any updates available. If so, they will download and install automatically, and a restart will likely be required to complete the process.

Install the SteamVR toolkit

To begin, you'll need to install the SteamVR toolkit within the Steam app on your PC. When connecting a VR headset, you might be automatically prompted to install SteamVR. If not, here's how to do it manually. For those who already have SteamVR installed, you can move on to the next section.

  1. Launch Steam from your desktop, taskbar, or Start menu.
  2. Hover your cursor over the Library tab.

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  3. Click Tools.
  4. Right-click SteamVR.

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  5. Click Install Game. In this case we're using Steam 360 video player as an example since we already have SteamVR installed.
  6. Click Next. SteamVR will now be installed. Once complete, continue the steps.

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Download the Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR app

Now that you have the key components installed and enabled, you can download the Windows Mixed Reality SteamVR app.

  1. Navigate to the Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR app in the Steam store.
  2. Click Free.
  3. Click Next.

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The app will now be installed.

How to access SteamVR through Windows Mixed Reality

To begin, plug your WMR headset into your PC and turn on your motion controllers. Do not put your headset on yet. You will see the WMR Portal load, and once loaded, launch Steam. If the WMR Portal does not load on its own, launch it manually from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.

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At this point, you can launch a VR app through Steam, and it will load into WMR. Time to put on your headset and enjoy!

Inside Steam VRSource: Windows Central

If you'd rather do this from within the WMR headset, you can add the desktop app to a wall within your Cliff House and navigate the same process from there.

How to use Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers with SteamVR

Using your WMR motion controllers with SteamVR will differ from title to title, especially if official support is not implemented. Still, there are some standard mappings that you can take advantage of to get around.

Luckily for us, SteamVR has created a nifty diagram that shows exactly what to look forward to.

Controller DiagramSource: Valve

With all that being done — we know, there's a lot happening — you should now be able to play all of the games that SteamVR has to offer on your Windows Mixed Reality. Happily, this setup only needs to be done once, not every time you play. So take the time now to make sure you can play all your games without incident.

Our top equipment pick

The only thing you need to play Windows Mixed Reality in Steam VR — aside from your gaming PC — is a WMR headset like the HP WMR.

The headset itself

HP Mixed Reality Headset

Simple and easy to use

A fantastic price to get you into the fantastic world of VR. For less than $300, you can get an excellent WMR headset and controllers for you to jump into VR.

The headset sits comfortably and actually tilts up, allowing you to see your pc screen without having to take the headset off altogether. If you are looking to get into Mixed Reality for the first time, look no further than this headset from HP.

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