How to Display HTC Vive on TV

Let everyone else see what you're seeing

What to Know

  • Connect your gaming PC to your TV with an HDMI cable and start it up.
  • Start up SteamVR and make sure your headset is plugged in and working correctly.
  • In the SteamVR options menu, select DisplayVR View.

This guide will walk you through setting up a mirror of what you see in an HTC Vive headset to a TV so that others can see it, too.

Can You Connect HTC Vive to TV?

You absolutely can. The same way you can mirror your view to a PC monitor, you can also do it on a TV. It's just a matter of connecting the headset and your TV to the same PC.

  1. Connect your gaming PC to the TV you want to display the visuals on via HDMI cable.

    If you don't have enough HDMI ports on your graphics card, you can use a DisplayPort to HDMI converter.

  2. Start up your PC and set up your HTC Vive headset.

    If you're moving your PC into a separate room for this, make sure to set up your HTC Vive Lighthouse trackers in the right places and perform Room Setup again to map out your new play space.

  3. Start up Steam and SteamVR and confirm virtual reality is working correctly on the HTC Vive headset.

  4. On the SteamVR menu, select the three-line options menu and select Display VR View. It will open a small window on any connected displays (in this case, your TV), showing what you can see in the VR headset.

    SteamVR options menu with Display VR View highlighted
  5. You can select the corner of the window and drag to make it bigger and any aspect ratio. Alternatively, select Full Screen to have it fill the TV's screen.

    The top-left Menu also has options for displaying both eyes or choosing one eye in particular—the default is Right.

    VR mirror on a desktop monitor with Menu and Full Screen highlighted
  6. It's also a good idea to mirror the audio so everyone can hear what's happening. It may occur automatically, but if not, open the SteamVR settings menu and go to Audio to choose the mirror output device.

    VR mirror on a desktop monitor with Audio Mirroring on highlighted

Does HTC Vive Use HDMI?

The HTC Vive connects to a host PC via an HDMI cable, but the headset itself connects directly to its link box. That link box then connects to the PC using an HDMI cable.

How Do I Display VR On My TV?

Displaying a live VR feed on your TV is different for each VR headset. Some let you connect them directly, whereas others, like the HTC Vive, have to go through a gaming PC first. Follow the steps above to connect an HTC Vive or HTC Vive Pro headset through Steam to your TV.

  • How do I set up the HTC Vive?

    To set up the HTC Vive VR system for a room-scale experience, first clear space for a play area, then mount the Lighthouse tracking sensors in opposite corners with about 6.5 feet between them. Next, download Steam, log in to your Steam account and install SteamVR. Connect your headset to the link box, connect the link box to your computer, power on your controllers, and follow the prompts.

  • How do I set up an HTC Vive Cosmos?

    The HTC Vive Cosmos is a newer and more enhanced version of the HTC Vive VR system. To set up an HTC Vive Cosmos, you'll need a Viveport account. Install the Vive and SteamVR software, and then go to Vive's setup page. Download, install, and run the setup file, then follow the setup prompts. You'll need to redo the setup if you move the Cosmos system to a different room.

  • How do I get a free HTC Vive?

    While the HTC Vive isn't free, HTC sometimes offers special deals that include free VR access with the purchase of an HTC Vive. Also, with the purchase of an HTC Vive Cosmos, HTC sometimes offers a limited free trial of a Viveport subscription, with access to more games. There are also free Vive games and experiences available.

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