TriDef VR Games for MSI User Guide

With TriDef VR you can play your favorite PC games on a huge 3D screen inside your virtual reality headset. Over 900 DirectX 9, 10 and 11 games have been pre-configured to generate a stereoscopic 3D experience. Other games and the Windows desktop can be viewed in 2D on the virtual screen.

TriDef VR includes on-screen controls to adjust the 3D effect, screen size, position and curvature in real time.

A virtual reality headset is required to use this software. TriDef VR is compatible with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

At present TriDef VR is exclusively available with new MSI gaming laptops, PCs, graphics cards and motherboards. The software will become more widely available in September 2017.

Getting Started

TriDef VR Games for MSI comes pre-installed or bundled with new MSI graphics cards, motherboards, gaming laptops and PCs. If the software is not already installed, then locate TriDef-VR-Games-MSI-*-Installer.exe on your install media and double click it.

After installation, or the first time you run TriDef VR, you will be asked to enter an activation code or start a 90 day trial.

Please ensure that your VR headset is set up and working correctly, then double-click "TriDef VR Games" on the Desktop, or from:

Start → TriDef → TriDef VR Games

You can now put on your VR headset to experience TriDef VR!

Which games are compatible with TriDef VR?

What are the system requirements for TriDef VR?

Why do some games not launch in 3D and what should I do when that happens?

VR Environment

With the headset on, you'll now find yourself inside a VR environment. Move your head around to change your view of the surroundings. A virtual screen will be visible in front of you. This screen will initially be showing the Windows desktop.

While TriDef VR is running, any Windows application you use will be shown on the virtual screen. Web browsers, games, media players, Windows Store apps, productivity apps, etc, can all be displayed on this 2D screen.

Use your mouse and keyboard as usual to control the applications. Audio will also be sent to your headphones.

Main Window

The main TriDef VR application window controls various aspects of the VR experience. This window can be minimised if desired, but closing the window will exit TriDef VR. The Help menu provides a link to this user guide, our privacy policy and an about box.

Games Tab

The first tab you'll see on the main window is the Games tab. As mentioned, apps or games launched from the desktop will appear in 2D on the virtual screen. However, if you launch a supported game from the Games tab, it will be displayed on the virtual screen in stereoscopic 3D!

This means that instead of appearing flat, objects in the game will appear to be floating in front of or behind the screen.

The first time you launch TriDef VR, the application will scan your PC and automatically add supported games to the list. If a particular game wasn't found, or new games have been installed, then click the Add Game(s) tile:

If no games were found, then click Add a game manually and follow the prompts. Alternatively, you can drag and drop a game's shortcut directly onto TriDef VR to add the game.

To launch a game, just single-click the tile. When the game has launched successfully you should see a "TriDef VR" message appear briefly in the lower left corner of the screen, and the game should appear in 3D on the virtual screen.

While playing a game in 3D, it's possible to adjust various 3D settings. Please see the Game Settings section for details.

Games can be removed from the list by right-clicking on the tile and selecting Remove. The Edit option in the right-click menu allows you to modify the game name and other properties.

Settings Tab

Click Settings on the main window to display the Settings tab. The virtual screen's size, distance, curvature and background environment can be modified here.

The Size slider sets the diagonal size of the virtual screen in meters. Adjust the Distance to make the screen appear closer or further away. For a flat screen, set the Curvature slider to 0%, or increase the value to make the screen appear curved.

Screen settings can also be adjusted in the VR environment using the Settings popup. Please see the Screen Settings section for details.

Click the starfield image to change the VR background environment.

VR Controls

While in the VR environment, look down below the screen to see the Recenter and Settings items. As you look directly towards those items, a small white dot will appear. Aim this dot directly at an item to highlight it.

Recenter

Look at the Recenter item for 1 second to enter recentering mode. Now look in the direction you would like the screen to appear. After a few seconds the screen will move to the new location.

Settings Popup

Look at the Settings item for 1 second to display the Settings popup. This popup window appears in front of the virtual screen. Use your mouse to adjust the slider values and click to close the popup.

Screen Settings

The virtual screen's size, distance and curvature can be modified from the Screen tab. The Size slider sets the diagonal size of the virtual screen in meters.

Adjust the Distance to make the screen appear closer or further away. For a flat screen, set the Curvature slider to 0%, or increase the value to make the screen appear curved.

Game Settings

When playing a game launched from TriDef VR, click on the Game tab to adjust 3D settings for that game. Please note that these settings are not available for applications and games launched from the desktop as those are displayed in 2D only.

Set 3D mode to Off to view the game in 2D. Select Stereo to use the highest quality 3D rendering technique. This mode produces the best 3D effect, but requires more GPU resources as it must render the entire scene twice.

For improved performance, select the Power 3D mode. In this case the 3D effect is produced in a different way, so frame rates will often be much closer the the 2D frame rates. There is, however, a trade-off in terms of 3D image quality, which may be noticeable at the edges of objects.

While most games support both Stereo and Power 3D mode, some games only support one mode. In those cases, the unsupported mode cannot be selected.

Adjust the Scene depth to increase or reduce the strength of the 3D effect. If the Scene depth is set to 0% the game will appear 2D.

Increase the Off-screen setting to make objects appear closer to you, in front of the screen. Reducing this value pushes objects further back.

Advanced Settings

Several additional settings are available on the Advanced tab. The Audio slider controls the volume of headphones connected to the VR headset. This setting is only available when TriDef VR is redirecting the audio from a different output, so if the slider is disabled (as shown below), then use the normal Windows volume controls instead.

The Game FPS setting is provided for troubleshooting purposes only. The Default value should produce the best results. However, if a game appears to be stuttering on the virtual screen, then other options may fix this. In Default mode, the game render is running independently of the virtual environment render. In Unlimited mode the game's vsync setting is disabled, allowing it to run at higher frame rates. In Linked mode the virtual environment is rendered at least once before a new frame is rendered within the game. In Throttled mode the virtual environment render is given priority to ensure that the head tracking remains responsive.

Output quality determines how TriDef VR displays images on the virtual screen. The Best quality setting produces smoother images with more readable text characters. This is achieved by supersampling, which requires additional GPU resources. The Better option reduces the size of the supersampling process while Good renders the image without using supersampling.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TriDef VR Games for MSI?

TriDef VR Games for MSI is a special version of TriDef VR for use with MSI hardware. With TriDef VR you can play your favorite PC games on a huge 3D screen inside your virtual reality headset. At present TriDef VR is exclusively available with new MSI gaming laptops, PCs, graphics cards and motherboards.

When will TriDef VR be available for non-MSI customers?

The software will become more widely available in September 2017.

Which games are compatible with TriDef VR?

All Windows applications and games are compatible with TriDef VR in 2D. Just launch the game from the desktop and it will be displayed in 2D on the virtual screen.

Additionally, over 900 games can be played in stereoscopic 3D when launched from the TriDef VR games tab. The full list of games playable in 3D is available on the Supported Games page.

Which VR headsets are compatible with TriDef VR?

TriDef VR is compatible with the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and other SteamVR compatible headsets.

Why do some games not launch in 3D and what should I do when that happens?

Games that are in our Supported Games list should launch correctly in 3D. If not, please submit a Support Request and we'll investigate.

Games that are not in the list may fail to launch in 3D for a variety of reasons. Some games have anti-cheat systems which prevent TriDef software from converting the game, while others use an incompatible 3D rendering API such as OpenGL.

If a game does not launch in 3D it's still possible to play the game with TriDef VR on a 2D virtual screen by launching the game from the desktop.

After launching a Steam game in 3D, other Steam games also run in 3D. How do I make those games run in 2D?

To make sure a Steam game runs in 2D, please close Steam and launch the game from the desktop. If you want to play a Steam game on your monitor, please close TriDef VR before launching the game.

Are DirectX 12, OpenGL or Vulkan games compatible with TriDef VR?

All games, including DirectX 12, OpenGL and Vulkan games can be viewed in 2D on the virtual screen, however only DirectX 9, 10 and 11 games can be played in 3D.

What are the system requirements for TriDef VR?

GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better
Intel Core i5-4590 or better
4GB RAM
Windows 7 SP1 or newer
Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or other SteamVR compatible headset

Please also consult the system requirements for your chosen VR headset.