How to Make VRChat Full-Screen – Easy Instructions, Tips, FAQs & More

You may have run into the issue of VRChat not working in full-screen mode. 

This can sometimes even happen when you used to be able to do it in the past, but now, for whatever reason, it doesn’t go to full-screen anymore. 

This post will dissect why this issue occurs and what you can do to fix it. 

Quick Summary

This post sheds light upon: 

  • What causes VRChat to not work in full-screen, and the solutions
  • The ideal resolution for your particular PC 

So without further ado, let’s get started.

Why Does VRChat Not Work in Full-Screen? 

There are a number of reasons that can cause this issue to occur. 

vr chat

If you’re facing this issue, the first thing to do is figure out what’s causing it. Once you have the cause identified, it makes it much easier to fix this issue and make VRChat go full-screen. 

The different causes include: 

1. An Overloaded Cache

VRChat has a ton of assets that it needs to download and run as you play it. Hence, it saves resources by saving those assets to your cache so that it can easily access them for future use. 

However, if your cache gets overloaded, it can result in this issue where VRChat won’t be able to go full-screen. 

If this happens to be the issue in your particular case, you can easily solve it by clearing your cache. 

To clear cache, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Open your Settings menu within VRChat. 

Step 2: Click the button in the top-right hand of the screen that says “Advanced Settings”. 

Step 3: Within Advanced Settings, click on “Clear Downloaded Cache”. 

Step 4: Restart VRChat.

2. Outdated Drivers

Out-of-date drivers are another huge reason as to why your VRChat might not be able to go into full-screen. 

If you run into the issue where you can’t turn VRChat full-screen, think about when was the last time you updated your system’s different drivers. 

Games of today’s digital age are constantly getting patched and updated so that they can run smoothly with the latest drivers. As a result, older drivers can get dated and this leads to compatibility issues such as you not being able to go full-screen. 

To fix this issue, go to the website of your particular graphics card vendor and download the latest driver version for your particular graphics card. 

3. Custom Avatars

The great thing about VRChat is that it allows you to upload custom avatars into the game that you can use and show off to other people. 

It’s a feature that attracts a large number of modders and people who want to flex their custom avatars. 

However, if your avatar is not properly optimized according to the game’s preferences, it can lead to issues like you not being able to go full-screen. 

To identify if this is the issue, you can simply demount the custom avatar that you loaded into the game and try going full-screen again. 

If the game goes full-screen without your avatar but refuses to go full-screen with it, then that obviously means that the custom avatar is the issue. 

To fix this, you’ll have to customize your avatar again to ensure that it complies with the standards demanded by VRChat. 

Customize your avatar again, load it in again, and see if it works this time. Keep trying this until you get a version of your custom avatar that lets you go full-screen.

4. Outdated DirectX Version

DirectX is a collection of APIs that are important because they handle different functionalities related to media, video and how different assets are handled in a game. 

How to Make VRChat Full-Screen?

As we mentioned before, an online game like VRChat is constantly being updated and patched. Hence, there might come a time when compatibility with older versions of DirectX starts to waver. 

If you have an outdated version of DirectX running on your PC, it might have compatibility issues with VRChat. As a result, it might not be able to make it go full-screen. 

To fix this, you can easily download the latest version of DirectX from Microsoft’s website.

5. Outdated Version of VRChat

Lastly, a reason why you might not be able to go full-screen in VRChat may be because your version of VRChat is outdated. 

To ensure that your VRChat is up-to-date, make sure that auto-updates are on for it on Steam. 

To do this, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Go to your Steam library. Scroll through the list of your owned games on the left-hand side until you see VRChat. 

Step 2: Right-click VRChat and select “Properties”. 

Step 3: Go to the Updates tab and choose “Always keep this game updated” from the first drop-down menu. 

Once that’s done, if there are any updates available for VRChat, Steam will automatically download them and ensure that you have the latest version. 

How to Make VRChat Full-Screen?

If you are still unable to make VRChat go full-screen from the in-game settings, you can still do so with this other method. 

You should only try this method if none of the other methods above are working. 

First of all, you must figure out what your monitor’s resolution is. 

To check this, right-click on your desktop and click on “Display settings”. 

display settings

Then, look at what the resolution is underneath your “Display resolution”. 

display resolution

That’s your screen’s native resolution, and that’s what the resolution of VRChat needs to be in order for it to be full-screen. 

Now that you know what your PC’s resolution is, here’s how to make VRChat full-screen: 

Step 1: Go to your Steam library. 

Scroll through your owned games list on the left-hand side until you see VRChat. 

Step 2: Right-click VRChat and select “Properties”. 

Step 3: In the General tab, look for the Launch Options header that has the text box underneath it. 

Let’s assume for this example that your resolution is “1920 x 1080” in this case, you’d write the following in the Launch Options textbox: 

-screen-width 1920 -screen-height -screen-full screen 1

Similarly, if your resolution was something else, you’d replace the “1920” with whatever your particular width is. The rest of it would stay the same. 

Step 4: Save your settings and launch VRChat to enjoy it on full-screen. 

Wrapping Things Up…

It can be extremely frustrating to run into this issue because it can happen because of several reasons. 

Hence, it can take you some time to run some tests and figure out what exactly the issue is so that you can work on solving it. 

However, in most cases, it’s usually due to outdated drivers, which you should be updating anyway. 

Have you ever run into this issue? How did you solve it? Let us know in the comments section below. 


  • 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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