HTC Vive Elite Dangerous Info
The HTC Vive is garnering stellar reviews from across the community. With that being said, Elite Dangerous is a game that unfortunately failed to live up to expectations in terms of graphical output. However, there are ways in which you can improve the overall graphics with the Vive while you are playing the game. In this article, we will be going over some of the tips and tricks to get the best possible graphics while gaming.
Tips and Tricks:
When it comes to the 3D settings, you will want to be sure that you are applying HMD headphone in the actual settings. Once this is complete, you will want to also select the VR High setting within it. After this, you can change the super-sampling setting to .65. You should be able to do this fairly easily within the file itself. However, there are programs you can download in order to be able to easily adjust the render target setting. The standard by default is set to 1.0. You will want to apply a value anywhere between 1.5 to 2.0 to achieve better visual fidelity. Once you complete this process, you will simply want to save the settings, exit, and restart the Steam VR application. At this point, your visual quality should be much better than it was previously. Depending on your overall graphics power and what kind of set up you are working with, you might need to adjust the render target accordingly. If you are working with a ‘beefier’ set up with high graphical power and good processing speed, you should have no problem with your FPS (frames per second) going higher in the render target.
Upgrade Your Graphics Card
When it comes to any kind of VR, you are going to want to be sure that you are heavily invested in a powerful graphics card. While the minimum specs will get you to playable settings, they are not going to provide you with the best possible experience. If you want to have the best possible experience with Elite Dangerous and even other games, you will want to be working with the power of at least a GTX 980. While a GTX 970 will do the job, it is not going to allow you to play with buttery smooth FPS settings and the overall visual fidelity will not be as impressive. If visuals are something that really matter to you, investing in a higher powdered graphics card is worth it. One of the best cards out right now for the HTC Vive would have to be thee GTX 1070.
If you are someone that wants to get completely immersed in the entire Elite Dangerous experience, you will want to download VoiceAttack which has a limited demo that you can try out. It will allow you to utilize Windows built-in voice/speech recognition in order to give out commands with an on board AI unit that can recognize your voice. It can take your entire experience to a completely new level.
Overall, the HTC Vive has been a complete hit. While the visual issues have been putting a damper on things as it relates to the Elite Dangerous game, if you follow the tips above, you should be able to sort them out and enjoy your experience even more.