SteamVR Experimental Graphics

PPA description

Experimental drivers to help test new features related to SteamVR.

All packages in this PPA are considered alpha grade. Expect quirks and limitations.

They are provided as-is without warranty of any kind. You have been warned.

Steam package:

There are two commonly used variants of the steam package, the Valve-provided .deb from their website and the Ubuntu-provided package inherited from Debian. If you use the distro-packaged variant, add this symlink:
ln -s "$HOME"/.steam/ubuntu12_32 "$HOME"/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32

Kernel bits:

sudo apt install linux-generic-steamvr-18.04

- or -

sudo apt install linux-lowlatency-steamvr-18.04

Note: ZFS is disabled in these kernel builds.

Xorg bits:

sudo apt install xserver-xorg-hwe-18.04

Ubuntu 18.04.2 now provides a new enough X server that it is no longer needed from this PPA. If you used the X packages from before 2019-02-03, please also run the above command to get future updates.

Vulkan bits:

sudo apt install mesa-vulkan-drivers mesa-vulkan-drivers:i386

Move/remove /usr/share/vulkan/icd.d/intel_icd.x86_64.json to make sure SteamVR uses the AMD gpu. This may need to be redone on every mesa update.

sudo mv /usr/share/vulkan/icd.d/intel_icd.x86_64.json /usr/share/vulkan/icd.d/intel_icd.x86_64.json.disabled


Package status:
libclc: Bumping as needed for mesa
libdrm: Bumping as needed for mesa
linux: Following Ubuntu mainline
linux-firmware: Following Ubuntu non-LTS as needed
llvm-toolchain: Targeting latest point release
mesa: Targeting latest point release
xorg-server: Superseded by 18.04.2
xserver-xorg-various: Superseded by 18.04.2



sudo ppa-purge ppa:kisak/steamvr

Adding this PPA to your system

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:kisak/steamvr to your system's Software Sources. (Read about installing)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kisak/steamvr
sudo apt-get update
Technical details about this PPA

This PPA can be added to your system manually by copying the lines below and adding them to your system's software sources.

deb bionic main 
deb-src bionic main 
Signing key:
4096R/EB8B81E14DA65431D7504EA8F63F0F2B90935439 (What is this?)

For questions and bugs with software in this PPA please contact kisak.

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Overview of published packages

18 of 8 results
Package Version Uploaded by
libclc 0.2.0+git20190313.1830.450173~oibaf~b Oibaf (2019-03-22)
libdrm 2.4.97-1steamvr1 kisak (2019-03-14)
linux 5.0.7-steamvr.steamvr1 kisak (2019-04-06)
linux-firmware 1.177~steamvr1 kisak (2019-02-18)
linux-meta-steamvr 5.0.7-steamvr.steamvr1 kisak (2019-04-06)
llvm-toolchain-8 1:8-1ubuntu1~oibaf~b Oibaf (2019-03-21)
mesa 1:19.0.3-steamvr1 kisak (9 hours ago)
meson 0.49.0-2ubuntu1~oibaf~b Oibaf (2019-03-21)
18 of 8 results

Latest updates

  • mesa 9 hours ago
    Successfully built
  • linux-meta-steamvr 3 weeks ago
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  • linux 3 weeks ago
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  • libclc 5 weeks ago
    Successfully built
  • meson 5 weeks ago
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