SteamVR integration with Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is a big step in the right direction for the emerging VR platform, but it doesn't mean you're stuck playing only games available from Steam (or, of course, the Microsoft Store).
LibreVR's Revive is a tool that effectively reroutes Rift games downloaded through the Oculus app over to the SteamVR platform. It was originally intended to work with the HTC Vive, but let's take a look at how to get it all working with WMR.
How to install SteamVR
In order to use Revive, SteamVR must be installed and working with WMR. If you need a bit of help, we've already written a guide on getting it set up.
How to install the Oculus app
The Oculus app, also known as Oculus Home, is where you can download Rift exclusive games and experiences to use with WMR. If you don't actually have an Oculus Rift, follow these steps carefully in order to not get stuck in an install loop.
- Navigate to the Oculus app download page.
- Click Start Download.
- Click Run.
Click Let's Go.
- Click Agree.
Click I Understand.
- Click Next.
Click Install Now. The required files will now be downloaded.
- Click Next.
- Click Next.
- Click Skip Setup.
Click Skip Setup.
Following these steps, you'll be able to browse the Oculus Store to find a game to purchase and download.
How to install Revive
SteamVR is installed and working with WMR, and the Oculus app is ready for you to shop and buy a game or experience. Here's how to install Revive.
- Navigate to the Revive installer page on GitHub.
- Click ReviveInstaller.exe. At this point, the current version is 1.2.0, but you might see a newer version as you move through the steps. Nevertheless, the most curent ReviveInstaller.exe file should be at the top of the page.
- Click I Agree.
- Click Install.
Revive has now been installed and should be picked up by SteamVR automatically.
How to play a Rift game on Windows Mixed Reality
Now that everything is installed, we can get to work playing a Rift game within WMR. Make sure your WMR headset is plugged into your PC.
- Launch the Oculus app from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
- Launch SteamVR from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
- Launch the Windows Mixed Reality Portal from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
If you put on your WMR headset, you should see SteamVR Home, which includes a list of your Steam games. If you don't see SteamVR Home and instead see the regular Cliff House, you can always launch SteamVR from here just as you would any other app.
As long as you're seeing SteamVR Home, follow these steps to launch a Rift game.
- Click the joystick on one of your motion controllers.
- Click the Revive button. It's near the bottom of the overlay that pops up. You should now see a list of any Rift games you've downloaded through the Oculus app.
Click a Rift game. It will now launch and you'll be able to play it through your WMR headset.
How to enable the Revive button on the Vive dashboard
When you enter the SteamVR overlay and look for the Revive button, it might not be there. Here's how to make sure it shows within SteamVR.
- Click the dropdown arrow next to SteamVR.
- Click Applications.
Click Revive Dashboard so that a checkmark appears.
More help with Revive
We wrote another comprehensive guide to using Rift games with your HTC Vive back before WMR was released. It includes some of the same steps, albeit without WMR information. For a bit more of an explanation as to why Revive exists, as well as a couple of extra troubleshooting tidbits, be sure to check it out. Also, be sure to check out the VRHeads WMR Ultimate Guide for much more content.
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