The Outer Worlds – How to Prevent SteamVR from Launching with the Game (Spacer’s Choice Edition)

Simply put, if you have a VR headset connected to your PC when launching the game, the game will be tied to SteamVR, and SteamVR will launch (and potentially use up resources). This happens when developers do not disable OpenVR/OpenXR in Unreal Engine. Here’s how to stop it.

Guide to Prevent SteamVR from Launching with the Game

The Problem

Do you have a VR headset plugged in to your PC? Does SteamVR open when you launch Outer Worlds?

If yes for at least the latter question, this is the guide for you. If no, you don’t need this guide! Congrats.

The Solution

Right click on the game in your Steam library, select Manage > Browse Local Files

From here, browse to:

  • [Install Location]\Engine\Binaries\ThirdParty\OpenXR\win64\

Inside this folder will be a file called openxr_loader.dll. Rename this to whatever you want, I renamed it to openxr_loader.dll.old for demonstration.

Now SteamVR should remain closed whenever you go to launch your game. This should also work with other Unreal Engine games that have the same problem (Like Spyro Reignited Trilogy).

Jan Bonkoski
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A lifelong gamer Jan Bakowski, also known as Lazy Dice, was always interested in gaming and writing. He lives in Poland (Wrocław). His passion for games began with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64 back in 1998. Proud owner of Steam Deck, which has become his primary gaming platform. He’s been making guides since 2012. Sharing his gaming experience with other players has become not only his hobby but also his job.

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