How to Install Steam VR Completely [Tutorial]

how to install steam vr tutorial
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The tutorial below will show you how to install Steam VR with step-by-step pictures for each step. It’s intended to help you get started playing PC VR games as quick as possible.

This guide is for:

  • New VR headset owners who want to set things up properly before they start playing on their head-mounted display (HMD)
  • People interested in VR who want to see how quick it is to get set up and playing
  • VR players who need to reinstall Steam VR on their computer

If you have any questions about how to install Steam VR and get started, comment down at the bottom of this guide.

Also, check out our comparison guide for .the Steam VR vs Oculus vs Viveport platforms

How to Install Steam VR Step-by-Step

The step-by-step instructions below will show you how to install Steam VR on your computer and get started playing VR games on your HMD.

Go to the Steam Website

First, click here to go to the official Steam website.

go to steam website

Click on the Green Install Steam Button

At the top right of the page, click on the Install Steam green button to get started.

click green button to install steam vr

Click on the Blue Install Steam Button

Next, click on the blue Install Steam button. Your operating system will be chosen automatically as the default option, but you can click the smaller icons if this is wrong.

click on blue install steam vr button

Run Installer EXE

Windows will ask you if you want to save or run the EXE install file. Click on Run and wait for the installer to download.

click on run button steam

Allow App to Make Changes

When prompted, click the Yes button if you are asked to allow the application to make changes to your computer.

allow app to make changes

Welcome to Steam Setup

At the welcome screen, click the Next button.

welcome to install steam screen

Select Language

Choose your default language for Steam and then click on Next.

steam choose install language

Choose Your Install Folder

Verify your install folder (you should not have to change this) and then click on Install.

choose steam install folder

Complete Steam Install

Let Steam install on your computer. Select Run Steam when you are done and then click on Finish.

finish steam installation

Create a New Account or Login to Existing

You will be asked to create a new account or login to an existing one when the app launches. If you have to create a new Steam account, click that option and follow through the prompts. Then you can come back to this step-by-step tutorial.

If you have an account already, click on LOGIN TO AN EXISTING ACCOUNT.

create a new steam account

Enter In Account Credentials

Enter in your Account name and Password and then click on Login.

steam enter account credentials

Complete Computer Authorization

If you are logging in from a new computer, you will have to authorize it for use. Steam will send you a code to your email account. On the authorization screen, select I’ve received the message from Steam Support and then click on Next.

complete steam login

Enter Code

Enter the code you received in your email and then click on Next. 

steam enter authorization code

Computer Authorization Complete

Your computer now has access to your account credentials. Click on Finish to close this Window. This is the end of the process to install Steam on your computer. Now we have to install VR add-on package before you can use your headset on your PC.

steam authorization complete

Visit the Steam VR Website

Click here to go to the Steam VR website. Click on Install Steam VR.

visit the steam vr website

Do You Have Steam?

The next page will ask you if you already have Steam installed on your computer. Since we just completed that process, click on Yes, Steam is Installed.

do you have steam?

Switch Apps

Windows will now ask you to switch over to the Client Bootstrapper. The Bootstrapper is built in software that will help you install Steam VR over top of the main platform. It will allow you to switch between PC and VR mode freely. Click on Yes to continue.

steam vr switch apps back to steam

Install Steam VR

The first prompt to install Steam VR will ask you to verify that you have the disk space required. Click on Next.

install steam vr message

Steam VR Queued

The VR package will be queued for download. You can click on Finish to close this window.

install steam vr queued message

Verify Steam VR Download

You can verify that Steam VR is downloading by going to your Library tab. You will see the app in there, either queued or downloading.

verify steam vr download

Play Steam VR

When your computer is done downloading Steam VR, click the blue Play button.

play steam vr

Allow Steam VR to Make Changes

Windows will ask you if you want to allow the application to make changes to your computer. Click on Yes.

allow steam vr to make changes

Steam VR First Time Setup

Steam VR will run through it’s first time setup process. You can watch the progress window or leave it be.

watch steam vr first time setup

Installation Complete

When Steam VR is done being installed, it will show up on the bottom of your regular Steam window. If you haven’t yet, the program will ask you to plug in your VR headset.

plug in your vr headset install steam vr

When you plug in your headset, Steam will give you a confirmation that everything is connected. VR games will now instantly launch within the headset for you to play!

Click on the hamburger menu (3 horizontal lines) to open up the VR settings option. This will allow you to configure your room boundary, VR view, and other software settings.

install steam vr custom settings

Congratulations! You have now completed the process to install Steam VR on your computer. You can now go and play PC VR games you have downloaded to your account!

If you are really new to this, we’ve outlined the regular platform and the VR add-on in a little more detail below.

What is Steam?

Steam is the largest gaming platform and distribution network in the world. SImilar to the app stores by Apple and Google, it allows game developers to distribute their game easily to users. It also provides features for automatic game updates and other developer-friendly analytics and distribution tools.

The world’s biggest PC games are available on the platform. Users can leave reviews and ratings for everything they buy. In addition, game addons and modifications are also supported and found in the app store.

What is Steam VR?

Steam VR is a snap-on application that enables the connection of VR headsets. It includes configuration software that maps VR hardware, their controllers, and tracking.

Steam VR has both generic configuration for VR and direct support for all major VR headset HMDs:

As you saw above, you install Steam VR alongside the regular store to enable VR mode and capabilities. The whole process only takes five or ten minutes and then you are good to play.

If you have any other questions, make sure comment below!

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About Ryan William

Ryan has been involved with augmented reality and virtual reality for over 7 years, building brand partnerships with Meta, HTC, and other companies. He has written over 2,000 blog posts and has covered the AR/VR industry extensively. His favorite VR headset is the Meta Quest 2 and he has played every VR headset and most games ever released.

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