How to Make a VR Game for Vive – Detailed Insight with Tips & More

Do you want to create a VR experience for the HTC Vive?

Let’s find out how?

How to Make a VR Game for Vive?

First, review the general best practices for developing virtual reality applications and games so that you can engineer an excellent experience for your users.

After that, look into using the already powerful game development tools that are readily available. We recommend Unity3D and UnrealEngine. They both provide support for HTC VIVE as well as other VR devices.

Specifications

Guide: Check if Your PC is VR Ready (Specs for Oculus, Valve, HTC)

There are now even more reasons than ever to get started with virtual reality (VR).

If you’re thinking about buying a PC VR headset, here’s how to figure out if your computer can run it.

Resolution

Because VR games use high-resolution graphics, they require significantly more processing power than traditional monitor games.

Besides, VR games must also render in three dimensions and at least 72 frames per second (FPS) for most headsets.

Before we start, let’s take a look at some basic facts about your computer.

  • First and foremost, MacVR headsets aren’t compatible with macOS.
  • After that, you’ll need to figure out your computer’s specifications.

If you’re not sure where to find that information, expand the section below.

How to Find Your PC’s Specs?

To see whether your computer can run virtual reality games, here are four key factors to consider.

  • Video Card
  • CPU
  • RAM
  • Video Output

GPU

Press the start button and type ‘Device Manag­er’ into the search box.

Expand “Display adapters” in Device Manager, and your graphics card is listed below.

CPU & RAM

Press the start menu key and type ‘about your computer into the search box. Select it from the list.

On the About screen, look for Processor and Installed RAM.

Video Output

To get started, you’ll need to look for the ports on the rear side of your PC. Specifically, you’ll want to check out the ports on your graphics card.

The ports may look very similar, but they’re not identical. Look carefully at the shape of each one. You’ll want to use a free port to connect your headset to your computer.

Recommended Hardware Configuration

Most headset manufacturers offer a recommended hardware configuration for virtual-realty (VR) games. This allows game developers to know exactly what their minimum requirements are when developing new titles.

If your hardware doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for smooth performance, you may drop below frame rate, which could lead to an unpleasant VR experience.

Oculus Rift S Specifications

Recommended VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or greater
  • Video Output: Display Port
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10

Minimum VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or greater
  • Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10 (Windows 7/8.1 no longer recommended)

Valve Index Specifications

Recommended VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1070 / AMD equivalent or greater
  • CPU: Quad Core+
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Video Output: DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 2.0 port (USB 3.0 required for camera passthrough), 1x DisplayPort v1.2
  • OS: Windows 10, SteamOS, Linux
  • Check your PC: You can automatically check that you meet these specifications with the ‘Are you ready for Valve Index’ app on Steam.

Minimum VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon Vega 56 or greater
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590/AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Video Output: DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10

Vive Cosmos Elite Recommended VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon Vega 56 or greater
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590/AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Video Output: DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10

Vive Pro 2 Recommended VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / Quadro P5000 / AMD Radeon Vega 56 or greater
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Video Output: DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port or newer
  • OS: Windows 10

Vive Focus 3 Minimum VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 or greater
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or more
  • Video Output: HDMI 1.4 / DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Wired Streaming: 1x USB Type-C 3.0 cable (5 Gbps)
  • Wireless Streaming (routers): Wi-Fi 802.11ac or Wi-Fi 802.11ax (5GHz)
  • OS: Windows 10

General Windows Mixed Reality Recommended VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD RX 470/570 or greater
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400 or greater
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video Output: HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 (may vary based on specific headset)
  • USB Port: 1x USB 3.0
  • OS: Windows 10 (Note: Not supported on N versions or Windows 10 Pro in S Mode)
  • Bluetooth: Some headsets require Bluetooth 4.0 for controller connectivity

HP Reverb G1 and G2 Windows Mixed Reality Recommended VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 / AMD RX 5700 or greater
  • CPU: Intel Core i5, i7 / AMD Ryzen 5 or greater
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video Output: DisplayPort 1.3
  • USB Port:1x USB 3.0
  • OS: Windows 10 (may require latest updates)

Pimax Specifications

Pimax 8K X Recommended VR Specifications

  • Video Card Upscale Mode: NVIDIA RTX 2060
  • Native Mode: NVIDIA RTX 2080
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9400 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video Output: DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 or greater
  • OS: Windows 10

Pimax 8K Plus Recommended VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA RTX 2060
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9400 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video Output: Display Port 1.2
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 or greater
  • OS: Windows 10

Pimax 5K Super Recommended VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9400 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video Output: Display Port 1.2
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 or greater
  • OS: Windows 10

Pimax 5K Plus Recommended VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1070
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9400 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video Output: DisplayPort 1.4
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 or greater
  • OS: Windows 10, Windows 8.1

Pimax Artisan Recommended VR Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9400 equivalent or greater
  • Memory:8GB
  • Video Output: Display Port 1.4
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 or greater
  • OS: Windows 10, Windows 8.1

Conclusion

There are many factors involved when deciding if your computer can run VR. First, make sure you have all of the necessary software installed.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below.

Author

  • Victor Marquez

    Victor is the Editor in Chief at Techtyche. He tests the performance and quality of new VR boxes, headsets, pedals, etc. He got promoted to the Senior Game Tester position in 2021. His past experience makes him very qualified to review gadgets, speakers, VR, games, Xbox, laptops, and more. Feel free to check out his posts.

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