There are many games around we would love to use with our beloved FOVE HMD even if they arn't tailored for VR.
There are also non steam games we would like to use, lot of mmorpg and other fps, or maybe you own those game without drm on the GOG plateform..
VorpX driver help us make them work, not all, certainly not perfectly (in most case, forget totally your steroscopic 3D effect), of course you will lose some fps in the process, and since they havn't any camera view separated from the character orientation it will alway feel not totally good.
Still it work, in most case your head move work a bit like a second mouse and have to be fine tuned for a good effect (and as a side effect, targeting with your head have proved to be way more precise than any mouse around).
Not easy to use though, I fought for some time and thought I would share my process to help other FOVE owner with a heart of gamer.
Here is this little guide to help you all, if you have more informations I would gladly add them.
DISCLAIMER : you do those steps under your own responsibility of course, it worked without problem for me though and it should not risk anything for your hardware, still beware about anticheat system in your fav' game as vorpX is a custom driver and "may" be seen as a cheat (basically it's a hack, not inteded for cheat but still a hack). Sorry for pictures displaying french, obviously that's my native language ;) .
Be warned that some antivirus (Avira in my case) may detect vorpConfig.exe as a trojan (Crypt.ZPACK.Gen), due to drm integration in the application,IT'S A FALSE POSITIVE.
Yes there is DRM in this application, yes that's bad but the application is still legit..Basically they don't do worst than microsoft windows, facebook, or any game anticheat system.. it's just an anticopy system.
So personnal choice here sorry no alternatives, if you choose to use it, you will have to add exceptions in your antivirus, I suggest to pause the antivirus while installing VorpX).
Downloading the basics. You start here if you havn't already got your FOVE drivers.. get this FOVE application as it is the very basic first step.
Obviously, you need to be a registered member of the steamVR beta plugin too, so you register if you arn't and hope to receive a fast answer.
I will leave it to you to make it work since FOVE team made perfect explanations.
Just know that for this "thing" to work, you need to use only ONE monitor. Yes that's right, you have to shut down those second (third/fourth) screens before using vorpX, I mourn with you all, maybe a futur update will fix this problem..
Well, vorpX being installed and ready to go, you don't say ?
You find it here at www.vorpx.com.
Nothing special here, you need to buy (around 30€/35$), download, install, activate, it's done.
Remember to only keep your main screen + Fove turned on.
Here are the steps I found out to work, to start a game (I started with "Warhammer : Vermintide", and successfully make it work with games like ghost in the shell first assault, arma 3, left 4 dead 2, the elder scrolls online, and star citizen, the two laters arn't steam applications) not intended for VR with the help of VorpX.
A _ You Start the FOVE VR app'.
As as for any steamVR game you must STOP the FOVE compositor (disable autostar compositor) as it will make use of SteamVR compositor, but the runtime must be started. It should show you a little info windows like that :
B _ First case : If it's a steam game, depending the game you Start SteamVR, clic the icon VR in your steam window :
It should start the SteamVR monitor and you should be able to see the "grid room" in your FOVE HMD (+ your infrared camera should power on with a green led shown).
If it's not and it tell you the compositor is unavaiable or whatever..you get this message :
If that's the case, I would suggest closing SteamVR in your detailed task manager, kill those process mercilessly (here, shown on a french windows 10, but you should find it on win8 or 7 too), then restart SteamVR, it should initialize correctly this time (at least it work for me, if it's not I think you should first try to make your FOVE work with basic SteamVR application).
Second case : For other games (mostly non steam games like The Elder Scrolls Online and other MMO, or game that were added to steam as a launcher but still have their own servers like teso, smite, ghost in the shell first assault..) you will need to NOT start SteamVR and let vorpX do it for you automatically when he need it.
(I managed to get non steam TESO, Ghost in the shell First Assault (nexxon servers) work this way.)
C _ This is the time to start vorpX.
Well, just do it ..At this point, it would work like any HTC Vive, vorpX don't care at all. Remember to unset the built in audio device as the FOVE don't have any, and set the "enable head tracking" for a real experience in your game. I suggest enabling expert settings too, for better controls in game.
You may need to run vorpX Control as an administrator in some cases (I used it for teso and star citizen)
D _Using VorpX.
At this point as I said above, you just follow vorpX setup, it's identical to a Vive
They have help overview, hints, 1 2 3 game setup etc.. so you should be ok with their doc.
Just to help, I added below a little step by step basic use of vorpX, but it's totally not complete and should not replace documentation reading.
VorpX configuration :
Basically you have vorpX running and listening for any app launched, he will only recognize app' with a Local Profiles, so you check in "Local Profiles" if your game is listed here, if not, you can try at the cloud profiles (just type your game name and it will show you if there are.
If there still arn't profiles for your game, make one by clicking on any profiles of any game similar to the one you want, clic on "Create a new profile based on this one" then you select your new profile and add the game .exe to "Assigned Programs".
That's all, all the precise work will be done in game and isn't the point for this guide.
So if your game is here, you just either start your game in steam, or in some cases, you pause VorpX watcher 'til you reach the game "menu" then alt tab to unpause VorpX watcher.
You have also the option to use VorpX Desktop Viewer, as it will help you with the most difficults games (start the game in borderless windowed mode and you should be good). + you can do whatever you want with your fove as your screen in this mode.
If everything is ok, you will wait for various loading then your game will finally show in your HMD.
I would suggest to change in-game key bindings as some key are common shortcut in most game and you will actually NEED it to configure your render in game, but that's something only you can select. I would suggest getting rid of stereoscopic 3D view for a long gaming session but you can fine tune it in game, just follow the vorpX instructions.
So, here is the end of this way too long post, I hope it helped some of you.
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