A common issue with virtual reality headsets is the inability to easily capture footage and share with friends. With high-end headsets, such as the HTC Vive, the headset acts as a separate display entirely. For those who have tried, this makes capturing the headset's video feed a much harder task.
SteamVR is continually bringing new features natively to the HTC Vive, with quick access to screenshots being one of those additions. When using the feature, screenshots can be quickly captured from within your favorite games, with the click of two buttons.
Here's how to take a screenshot from the HTC Vive and share it with your friends.
Take a screenshot from the HTC Vive
SteamVR's screenshot feature was built off an existing implementation within Steam, that allows players to easily capture and host screenshots through the service. This has been altered for the HTC Vive, adding the ability to capture screenshots within any SteamVR title.
- Open a title of your choice through SteamVR.
- To take a screenshot, press the System Button and Right Trigger simultaneously.
As with other Steam titles, screenshots can also be taken using a traditional keyboard shortcut. This method can be adopted by pressing the F12 key on the keyboard while viewing the game's on-screen mirror.
View your screenshots using the HTC Vive (Simple)
Screenshots taken using the above method can be easily viewed within the HTC Vive, using SteamVR. When using the headset, saved screenshots will be displayed as three-dimensional images. This keeps the sense of depth within scenes, but only captures a limited field of vision.
- Inside SteamVR, navigate to the game that's featured in the screenshot.
- Click on the Screenshots section (pictured above).
- Select the image thumbnails to view them in 3D, inside the headset.
View your screenshots through Windows (Advanced)
A clear downfall of SteamVR is its relatively closed ecosystem, which is yet to support any form of sharing to social networks. Using Windows' File Explorer, screenshots taken inside the headset can be extracted from Steam's program files. Finding the images can require a bit of digging, as the file path for screenshots isn't universal across PCs. While we can't specify the exact file path for your screenshots, here's what to look for.
- Find the drive where Steam is installed and navigate to the userdata folder. This is often located under C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata
Finding the screenshots folder can be a little tricky, due to the inconsistency between devices. A number of folders are named with random strings of numbers, which soon adds to the confusion. Screenshots will be hidden inside a folder under a path similar to the sequence below.
userdata > String of numbers (1) > String of numbers (2) > remote > String of numbers (3) > screenshots
The third string of numbers is a unique identifier for each title. Each game that has related screenshots will be split into separate folders here.
What screenshots have you taken with your HTC Vive? Make sure to share them with us using #VRHeads!