SteamVR Adds Workaround For Valve Index Thumbstick Click Issue

The newest replace to SteamVR provides workaround for the Valve Index controllers’ thumbstick click on challenge, in addition to fixing firmware bugs and enhancing stability for the headset.

Index is Valve’s PC VR system. It was launched on the finish of June. The complete package prices $999, however current HTC Vive house owners should purchase the headset and new controllers individually for $499 and $279 respectively.

The face of the controllers options two buttons, a small trackpad, and a thumbstick. Whereas the thumbstick will be clicked when centered, when deflected at sure angles it can not. On the Valve Index subreddit, customers have reported that Valve don’t contemplate this a defect. This software program replace signifies the corporate intends to work across the challenge with software program.

The Workaround

Valve has up to date the default Index controller enter bindings such that when a thumbstick is absolutely deflected in any path, it’s thought-about to be absolutely clicked. That is solely utilized for apps which haven’t set their very own enter bindings, which implies largely video games which haven’t but been up to date to help Index.

Customers can manually allow this new setting for any app utilizing the SteamVR enter system’s Controller Settings panel. The precise deflection to activate the emulated clicking is absolutely configurable.

Identical to with the Steam Controller, Valve is placing a heavy emphasis on group and person enter bindings. This permits for personalization, however leads to some extent of enter fragmentation between video games.

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Bug Fixes & Stability Enhancements

The replace additionally brings a plethora of bug fixes and stability enhancements to Valve’s platform, together with firmware updates for each the headset and controllers. Based mostly on the changelog, this appears to deal with many of the Index’s launch bugs generally reported:

SteamVR Runtime

Enabled automated firmware restoration for Valve Index and Vive Professional gadgets which have had sure firmware updates interrupted or failed.
Fastened a uncommon spontaneous shutdown of vrserver attributable to very briefly linked pipes.
Fastened a uncommon case the place SteamVR would cease working after a chronic interval of excessive CPU load.
Repair circumstances of error 422 that might occur when launching a recreation and letting it launch SteamVR (versus launching VR first after which launching the sport).

Index Firmware/Drivers

Improved machine discovery to cut back the affect of misbehaving USB drivers and gadgets.
Launched a repair for some Valve Index customers experiencing Base Station Energy Administration intermittency.
Fastened a skeletal system challenge the place the thumb wouldn’t reply when the thumbstick is moved however no contact is detected.
Repair circumstances of error 422 that might occur when launching a recreation and letting it launch SteamVR (versus launching VR first after which launching the sport).
Improved USB reliability.
Fastened a difficulty that might lead to shows turning off throughout lively utilization.
Fastened a difficulty the place initiating pairing simply after powering on the controller may lead to an influence off.