How to fix SteamVR games running poorly in Windows Mixed Reality

SteamVR integration with Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is a big deal, opening up a ton of new content for the emerging platform. Because it's all still being perfected, there are no doubt some issues you might run into. If SteamVR games aren't performing properly in Windows Mixed Reality, there are a number of things you can test and try out to remedy the situation.

How to get SteamVR games running properly in Windows Mixed Reality

If you're experiencing laggy gameplay, poor visuals, or any other indications that your PC isn't quite keeping up with the demands that VR is putting on it, there are a some things you can test out.

Pause the Windows Mixed Reality desktop preview

Since this likely has to do with too much of a load on your PC, you can try pausing the desktop preview. Since you have your head stuck in the headset, there's not much reason to have the image mirrored on your standard monitor. It's just more for your PC to deal with, and might be causing a slow down.

Run the Windows Mixed Reality PC Check tool

If pausing the preview doesn't fix the problem, try running the WMR PC Check tool to ensure your PC has enough power. The tool can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store for free. Once downloaded, launch it and let it runs its test.

Download the Windows Mixed Reality PC Check tool

Ensure your PC meets SteamVR requirements

Much like the WMR PC Check tool, there's also a SteamVR Performance Test tool that can be downloaded straight from the Steam Store for free. Once downloaded, launch the tool and let it do its thing.

Download the SteamVR Performance Test tool

Ensure your PC meets the game's requirements

WMR system requirements are considerably lower than those of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but certain games on SteamVR still require a considerable amount of power to run properly. Here's how to find a game's system requirements in Steam.

  1. Launch Steam from the Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click Library.

    Launch Steam. Click Library.

  3. Click a VR game.
  4. Click Store Page. If you don't have the game in your library, you can simply search for the game in the Steam Store.

    Click a VR game. Click Store Page.

System requirements are located about halfway down the page. On the left are the minimum requirements to get the game running, and on the right are the recommended requirements that will run the game properly.

If your PC doesn't meet the minimum requirements or comes in under the recommended requirements, it's likely the reason why your game isn't running properly.

If your games continue running poorly

If you ran all tests and you're sure your PC has the power to handle SteamVR and Windows Mixed Reality, it's time to submit some feedback to Microsoft.

  1. Launch the Feedback Hub from the Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click Add new feedback.
  3. Click Problem.

    Click Add new feedback. Click Problem.

  4. Type your issue.
  5. Click the dropdown menu in the Select a category and subcategory section.

    Type your issue. Click the dropdown menu.

  6. Click Mixed Reality.
  7. Click the dropdown menu next to Mixed Reality.

    Click Mixed Reality. Click the dropdown menu.

  8. Click Apps.
  9. Click Submit.

    Click Apps. Click Submit.

More Windows Mixed Reality resources

If you're looking for more WMR and general information, be sure to check out our troubleshooting guide as well as our Ultimate Guide.

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