Boot your Oculus headset directly into SteamVR with this free tool

in good news for Oculus Quest 2 users, a smart open source tool called OculusKiller has been released that allows players to bypass the Oculus Dash and load directly into Steam VR. For users who primarily play Steam games in VR, it removes that small level of frustration at launch.

According load VR, OculusKiller replaces the Oculus dash executable and instead loads in Steam VR as soon as you plug in your headset. This cool solution was developed by ItsKaitlyn03 and is available for download on GitHub. You can find more details about this direct solution for Steam there.

What’s especially great about this little fix is ​​that it’s not too difficult to implement. It just requires one file to be downloaded and placed in the Oculus directory while another is renamed. From there, everything should work perfectly.

OculusKiller creator, software engineer ItsKaitlyn03, explains that not only does this make loading into Steam VR easier from launch, turning your Quest into something a little closer to a native SteamVR headset, it also helps with performance.

By completely shutting down the Oculus Dash, at least 200MB of memory and GPU performance were saved thanks to idle processes that are no longer running. This makes it potentially a solution for people looking to get a little more out of their Steam games, even if you’re not too worried about initial load times and issues.

Although it is also noted that this will definitely break the Oculus native games. ItsKaitlyn03 says they can still charge, but due to the Oculus Dash shutting down, you won’t be able to get out of them. They recommend using Revive to play Oculus games if you plan on using OculusKiller as well.

Of course, as this is unofficial software, you cannot expect support. ItsKaitlyn03 has warned that there may be bugs and asks people to submit them whenever possible.

There are already a few listed, like OculusKiller not working with the very scary Phasmophobia (which took our best co-op award 2020). I hope it gets even more refined over time, but the OculusKiller already looks like a great solution to regaining some of your performance and time when playing VR.

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