Is the HTC Vive a little harsh on your eyes? These are the steps to reduce its brightness.

Looking back, every kid was told to keep his distance from the television at a young age. Now, here we are in the 21st Century, strapping bright OLED displays to our face for entertainment. While the HTC Vive offers a vivid and immersive image in almost all situations, its display can end up being rather harsh on your eyes when coming from a darker environment.

A feature within SteamVR now allows you to reduce the brightness of the HTC Vive display, while also outputting a warmer image. Whether for those late-night virtual reality adventures or simply soothing your eyes, SteamVR's "Night Mode" is a feature that shouldn't be missed. Here's how to enable Night Mode for your HTC Vive.

  1. Start SteamVR.
  2. Press the Home button on your HTC Vive controller to open the Steam menu.
  3. Navigate to the Settings icon in the right-hand side of the menu.
  4. Tick the box labeled Night Mode.

This will automatically reduce the brightness and color temperature of your HTC Vive's display accordingly. Night Mode will remain enabled until restarting SteamVR, or until 5 a.m. passes in your timezone.

A recreation of the effects added by Night Mode within SteamVR.

Although only a subtle change in temperature, the feature currently does an effective job at creating a less intense environment within virtual reality. If you're someone who uses blue light filters on any of your devices, this is an easily accessible tweak which could huge improve your comfortability.

Are you now planning to use SteamVR's Night Mode? Or do you prefer a brighter headset? Make sure to let us know in the comments.