1. SteamVR Initial Setup

In the following section, we will take a look at how to get SteamVR setup so that it will work with Unreal Engine 4 (UE4).


With each SteamVR development kit, Valve has provided detailed instructions that will show you how to correctly set everything up. If you have not read this document, please do so before going any further as the following information is not a substitute for the information contained in the document created by Valve.

  1. Ensure that the Vive Head Mounted Display (HMD), Steam Controllers, Breakout Box, and Lighthouse Base stations are all unpacked, powered on, connected and setup according to the instructions provide by Valve.

  2. If you have not done so already, make sure to download and install the Steam Client on your development PC.

  3. To install the SteamVR tools, use your mouse to hover over the Steam Library option and from the menu that is displayed, select the Tools option.

  4. Once you are in the Tools section, search for SteamVR using the search bar at the top. Once SteamVR is located, double-click on it to download and install it.

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    You can also install SteamVR by clicking on the VR icon that is located on the upper right-hand corner of the Steam Client and following the provided instructions.

  5. Double-clicking on the SteamVR option in the Tools menu will launch the SteamVR tools as shown in the image below.

    When SteamVR shows all devices in green (like in the image above) that means everything is working correctly. If a device that shows up in gray then there is a problem with that device. SteamVR will tell you what is wrong with a device that is grayed out and also provides possible fixes. To see the fixes, hover your mouse over a grayed out device.

  6. Before you can use SteamVR with UE4, you must setup the SteamVR interaction area. To do this, right-click on the SteamVR window and select the Run Room Setup and follow the on-screen directions to set up the SteamVR interaction area.

End Result

When completed you will now have SteamVR setup and ready to be used with UE4. Continue to Step 2 to set up a new project in UE4 that works with SteamVR.