My 2070 SUPER VR settings and suggestions (Index - SteamVR) 🟢

When he says 60 TAA he is just referring to render scale set to 60 and TAA on. With the current recommendation (for the G2 anyway) when he says 110 TAA and 50 render, he means in-game graphics render slider to 110, TAA on, and openxr developer tools custom render scale for the reverb g2 set to 50.

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Wow everything here is so interesting!
But i just would like to know why with a 3800X-2080Ti-32GBRam, at minimum settings i have -150% headroom, and so jittering-juddering-stuttering that makes you puke after 1 minute?

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Guys,

PC specs: Ryzen 5600X/32GB/RTX3070/G2
Driver: 457.30

Just to let you know all, I’ve lost 2 days reading and fighting for VR performance only to found out that switching from OpenXR dev.tools to SteamVR environment gives me WAY BETTER results!
I have no idea why, but with WMR OpenXR and motion reprojection ON there’s no way I could get a stable 30 fps (stutters, glitches, nightmare!). Now with SteamVR env. and the recommended Nvidia CPL settings (thanks CptLucky8!!!), I’m getting stable 35-45fps in almost all situation (low, medium settings, ultra clouds) in FULL RES (2236x2192)!!! It’s a night and day experience!
If you’re strugling with your G2 just give it a try!
I can still loose a frame here and there but man, I’m finally happy!

Merry Christmas everyone!
Thanks!

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@Radeks40
Could you post your settigns in MFS2020 and SteamVR?
I’m also struggling with 3070 and G2, still unhappy, very inconsistent performance, barely at 30FPS, lots of glitches, stutters :frowning:

The problem for me with steamvr is that I can’t maintain a stable fps, 45 is too high to keep at reprojection and the stutters make me sick. For now i will play with openxr and reprojection enable for stable 30fps, it’s still not perfect, and i do have some stutters but it’s beareable for me.

When I’m writing “Motion Smoothing” it is anything which is related to “doubling the frames” or similar. In WMR it is the Motion Reprojection drop down setting.

Thank you for your kind words! Please note game render resolution affects legibility up close especially EFIS. VR super sampling affects legibility in the distance. For sharper EFIS with the Index, use TAA 110 or 120 first, then adjust SteamVR SS to what’s confortable fps wise for you. As for 40s territory, although you must enter VR with the Index at 90Hz in order to reduce CTDs when starting VR mode, once there, you can change to 80Hz. I used to do this in order to unlock the simulator from trying hard displaying at 30fps when it could do better and have it locked to 40fps instead!

This is most likely the case although when in Window mode it is constraining the mouse into the window boundaries unless you ALT+TAB or press the WIN key. Rather, I suspect they’re using a different DX11 present mode which is better suited for VR and/or 3D (I don’t remember which exactly but this was an issue raised a few weeks/month ago about how FS2020 was not using the correct one for full screen borderless windows).

Yes I’m almost done comparing many different NVidia drivers, TAA/SS ratios, settings, all best suited for a base line. My approach is really to find this baseline which is working really good as-is in most situations/aircraft/place for a given hardware (my test system which is in the higher range CPU wise and mid range GPU wise and seems to be actually quite mainstream in the simulation world). From the base line, people with better hardware can raise some settings with a better knowledge of what is affecting the most the experience.

I’ll post this soon but I can already say I’ve found I believe an ideal sweet spot with fluid flights and legible EFIS over LAX region in the default seated A320 position (using the center post red/white orbs for alignment) with some room to increase EFIS legibility further over less dense regions.

No I didn’t because I didn’t spent much time trying SeamVR OXR with the G2. I just quickly tried out yesterday because there was a new SteamVR beta and it seems quite good or actually nearly similar to my WMR tests I did just before, but there was a big problem with the HMD tracking causing frames displaying in a backward timeline fashion (like when playing some AVI files which are wrongly encoded with a simple video player making frames to jump back and forth).

I’ll be posting my suggestions for the G2 + WMR soon, in the meantime, with the video card you have, I’d suggest you try this instead for crystal clear legibility: TAA 120 + OXR 50 + Motion Rep. Disabled. Let me know about this one… :wink:

Please look at the tables comments I’ve posted with different combinations for the Index. It does make a difference because both scales are not affecting the same pixels the same way, let alone EFIS drawing resolution solely depends on FS2020 Render Scale, not OXR/SteamVR Display Res.

It is just a shorter way to tell both FS2020 Render Scaling value and Antialiasing setting in a convenient 3 letters label. Mind you, besides TAA mode, all others are causing shimmering and would require MSAA or similar to compensate. Therefore it is easier for me to just say:

  • “TAA 60” is FS2020 Render Scaling 60% with TAA mode
  • “SS 150” is OpenXR Render Scale or SteamVR Super Sampling 150%

I never tried to compare without any glass cockpit. I’m trying to find a base line working best with the most demanding cockpits and areas (I’m usually flying a certain pattern I’ve build up to know over time in the KSNA region - you can see me flying outlawed crazy pilot there when I do), in order to make sure I won’t have any unpleasant drop when flying in a variety of places and aircraft. I usually validate it is working good there, then I take a fly in the Hawaii islands to enjoy how much it is actually working great!

Thank you! I’ve answered this “TAA” question in more details above now. I usually prefer helping people learning how to fish, but here is EFIS definition just a qwant.com search away :slightly_smiling_face:

I don’t find reflection making a huge difference actually, at least at LOW, but I suggest leaving them OFF to get started with. If your hardware can deal with it, fine. Otherwise, you might prefer raising other settings more important to the pilot than reflections, such as clouds from MED to HIGH.

Thank you for your kind words! It is often neglected but very important indeed, and I personally find most people doing YT videos about “the best settings” don’t know much either. When you’re accustomed to 3D rendering APIs and the evolution of the hardware over more than 25 years (some remember their first Voodoo cards?), it doesn’t take much looking into the internet and properly reading the NVidia materials to start refining these settings to something actually working better.

As a matter of fact, I’d suggest you review your NVidia settings for your other games too, because these are working great for me with SW Squadron, HLA, and basically all others I’m using.

I’ll also update the post because I was suggesting VR Pre-Rendered Frames “1 most likely” but I’ve been trying out different values and I can confirm it is “1 and only 1”. Any other value is stuttering much more on different NVidia drivers I’ve tried lately for the G2 WMR recommendations I’m preparing.

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YOU, SIR - ARE A GENIUS!!!

Entered settings for Geforce 1080, ditto recommendations for MSFS 2020 VR graphics - INCREDIBLE IMPROVEMENT! All cockpit numbers visible - smooth graphics. Yes - 3 miles ahead you could see the scenery populate itself - but minor inconvenience when the flying experience is SOOO improved.

SETUP: Intel core i7 9700K / 32 GB mem DDR4 / GTX 1080Ti w 11 GB / Rift S

THANK YOU!!

AJW
Orlando

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Are you kidding? Realy? Smooth? can you show video/screen on FPS monitor?
I9-9900k/32/2080ti/Rift-S. Jiggling/Stuttering/Low FPS here. Nothing is help

Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad this is helping! I believe with the 1080TI you might want to try pushing Terrain LOD to 100% and see how it goes.

Besides, after reading so much reports over the years about video cards and perf in various simulators, I strongly believe any “TI” variant are more capable of super sampling than the non TI variants. It is as if every time the non-TI cards have more performance problems when shrinking a higher res rendered image to a lower res displayed image. I also believe they are better suited for MSAA kind of AA and this might be because of the extra CU or even maybe because of dedicated silicon.

I might be delusional but this seems like a pattern to me be it a 1080TI, a 2080TI and anything TI. If this is the case, I suspect you should be able to raise reflections for example without much fps hit.

I’m using a Rift S, i7 9700F, 48GB RAM, RTX 3090.

I generally have good results, especially in the smaller planes at smaller airports, like I like to fly. The cockpit text can’t be made super clear in the Rift S, but I’m used to that.

My problem (or confusion, I guess) is that I decided to set my OpenXR Runtime to Steam as a test today rather than Oculus. I set the Steam SS to 100% initially and was planning on playing with it vs the game render scaling to see what gave me the best visuals and smoothness.

But I couldn’t even do the test because as soon as I switched to Steam moving my head in the cockpit causes a weird fish-eye like distortion. For instance, looking down at the center console in the A320 brings it closer to me. Looking up moves it away. Moving my head toward the co-pilot seat moves the distance of the far window.

I have built up a lot of tolerance to VR motion sickness in playing sim racing games and FS2020. But this fish-eye distortion when moving my head with the Rift S and Steam driver almost instantly made me queasy. It’s lingering even as I type this.

I obviously need to switch back to Oculus in the Open XR registry entry, even though it seemed that the Steam driver may have given me enough FPS boos to get ASW working at 40fps. I’m just confused how ANYBODY can get this to work with the Steam driver, at least with the Rift S. Wonder what’s different in my setup. I’m still queasy, just thinking about it. :nauseated_face:

@CptLucky8
I’m lost :frowning:
You disable motion reprojection? So with 30 FPS, you will just have these 30 frames per second? Shouldn’t this be nausea inducing? No frames inserted in between by reprojection?

I really appreciate your efforts of finding the best settings. For a VR novice like me it would be extremely helpful if you could illustrate the settings with screenshots.The VR terminology is a bit complex, so sometimes I don’t know which setting is in OpenXR Developer Tools or in SteamVR or in some other place. For example it would never come to my mind to disable the reprojection (I will try it, if this will reduce the strange artifacting within the propeller ring).

@stekusteku

This is called “juddering” and there is no way to get rid of this unless you’re natively rendering at your headset refresh rate (for example 90Hz), or you use motion smoothing (which solves juddering but causes wobbling instead…).

Sure enough, motion smoothing eliminates juddering (frame de-doubling/ghosting) which is especially visible for example when looking at the gauges in front of you and moving the head back and forth sideways. However when looking at the wing with the ground passing by underneath, there is a visible distortion of the edges which is a no go visually for me.

Unlike DCS, you’re most often than not flying straight and turning smoothly and I can bear juddering in this case. On the other hand what I don’t like at all is stuttering caused either by the simulator having a hiccup (loading an asset and not enough time for the next frame) or by the simulator always trying to rendering at a fixed integer divisor of the HMD refresh rate. In the later case, it cycles between 30, 40, 45 etc… every frame and this causes stuttering like you get with a monitor not capable of VRR (freesync/g-sync). There is no other way to do because if your monitor is 60Hz and you’re rendering at 40Hz, you’ll have to display frames like this: 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, etc… in order to turn 40 frames into 60 over 1 second. This effect is really visible in the headset. Therefore I’ve tried a different approach: configuring the simulator to force it down to a fixed 30 fps/90Hz and I’ve no stutters in 95% of the time over very dense areas, and nearly none in sparse places where it can lock to 40fps (at 80Hz) or 45fps (at 90Hz).

Amazingly I find even at 30fps, because there is no stutters, this gives me a very smooth and fluid feeling in VR (besides juddering which is unavoidable in this case). I’ve explained this approach in an update post in this discussion.

As for 30fps vs 90fps, I agree the more the merrier if you’re playing HLA and want to avoid a Head Crab jumping on you, or if you want to break a blue box with a light saber with the beat of a tune…

However, what matters the most is not fps but angular velocity of the pixels: if you look forward flying an airplane mostly looking horizontally, the pixels passing by and moving in view are slowly moving only (even if flying 300kts). But if you look side ways they are passing by fast because you’re looking at the pixel in a perpendicular direction.

For these reasons what matters most in Flight Simulation VR is not much fps but smoothness, which is best experienced when you get a regular xx fps value with no spikes. And in this case because the simulator is CPU bound most of the times, it is easier to keep 30fps stable in pushing some of the settings adequately, which is also one of the aspects of fine tuning the settings like I’m explaining in “My VR Settings”!

Of course if you’re doing aerobatics… forget about 30 fps…

Here is a more detailed explanation why 30 fps stable is better than 40 fps varying (and why you rather set Gauge Refresh Rate HIGH in VR).

As for illustrations, I believe there are plenty in the OP isn’t it?

NB: Although some WMR/OXR information is getting into it, this discussion is mainly for SteamVR and the Index. Please wait for my “WMR G2” edition for WMR/OXR specific info and screenshots!

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He is using a riftS, so kind of a low resolution headset.
This must help a lot with the fps.
I have a 2080ti, but I’m using a Pimax 8k+, so I’m happy with my 30-37 fps (lod 100%, steam 100%, pimax render 1, almost all other to low or medium).

I dont have 30fps even with lowend and all minimum settings. Seems problem with headset

@CptLucky8
Thank you for such detailed expalnations. Now it’s time for me to put the G2 down and to do some reading:
http://lavalle.pl/vr/
to improve my understanding of the VR basics. There is a chapter there about perception, it will be for me a journey 30 years back to my university time, when I attempted to develop a set of equations to drive 6 DoF flight simulator motion platform using linear optimization - and to be honest I ended cleaning the simulator cabin when the test pilot’s stomach could not bear anymore the discrepancies between motion and vison stimulation :wink:

I will wait for for G2 recommendations.

I hope I will be able to get rid of the effect I observe now when looking sideways - it’s hard to explain, it’s like the plane constantly being stopped by a series of elastic bands and constantly breaking team ca. 1-2 per second. It’s like moving through a sticky fluid, constantly breaking free and the next monement being slowed down again by it. Very distracting.
Plus very annoing effects when looking thorugh C172 propeller ring, impacting even the magnetic compass mounted on the instrument panel, with the sky and the propeller ring as a backgorund. Hard to explain all these visual effects, but you probably know proper names for them.

One final question however, you said “configuring the simulator to force it down to a fixed 30 fps/90Hz”. Are you actually locking 30 FPS in nVidia control panel?

No :slightly_smiling_face:

I’m adjusting the settings so that it is so busy loaded in GPU and so making the CPU waiting adequately, that the FS2020/OXR implementation makes it stick to 30fps (with a headset at 90hz) or 40fps (with a headset at 80hz) :upside_down_face:

Here is what I’ve found during the beta:


It looks like in VR it is trying to lock-on an integer divisor of your refresh rate. I’ve noticed FS2020 is most likely locking to 22.5 fps (90 / 4) when I set the Index to 144Hz or 120Hz, while at the same time it is locking to 30 fps (90 / 3) or 40 fps (80 / 2) when I use 90Hz or 80Hz respectively.

  • with HMD at 90Hz, it will try to lock at 90, 45, 30, 22.7
  • with HMD at 80Hz, it will try to lock at 80, 40, 20

This is why depending on the location, when my system can render a little bit above 40, I prefer lowering the display to 80Hz and have it locked to 40 fps otherwise should I set the HMD to 90hz it would lock to 30fps.

This might be something only OpenXR related, or only FS2020 related though, because I don’t remember any other VR title snapping the fps like this either. Should you have Motion Smoothing enabled (SteamVR) I understand they implement a lock-to fps feature because it would give your the smoothest experience (constant fps) and the best effect (motion smoothing). But it you disable Motion Smoothing and fps varies at will, it would give variable juddering which is not comfortable.

NB: it tries to lock to these divisors even if I disable motion smoothing.

Hey i have read over your 2070 super guide ( i have a 3070, 48GB Ram 3200, i9 9900k)

Disabling Motion Smoothing, as well as using 70 percent TAA, while doing Steam VR res upscalled to 220, i did see a better picture as well as a smoother image…BEFORE rolling back Nvidia Driver to the 460 driver.

After rolling back the driver, I saw a more stable loading screen, with less window snapping/jittering/shaking ( which i just watch to improve my motion sickness resistance, cuz why not?)

I also tried the same settings (70TAA 220SAA in steamVR, NOT in game res which is kept at 100 percent) and it did run alot smoother, but the Rubberbanding/snapping/ UI snapback feeling is still there and even locks up.

Running the game first then CTRL+TAB to go into VR mode DOES seem to give me alot smoother experience( given that you have NOTHING VR related open…windows, UI, steamVR,Viveport…) as well as less jittering on the loading screen)

Game mode and Hardware acceleration are off.

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I’m still struggling to understand how MSFS VR actually works, because a lot of what I know from other sims especially DCS don’t seem to apply. Perhaps this is due to the OpenXR API which is somehow different or bugs in implementation? Been testing daily with my Index and 9900K/3090 setup using fpsVR. It seems that on my setup, the only way the CPU doesn’t show frametime spike is when I run my Index in 120Hz mode with a goal of targeted fps around 60. With my current setting of Rendering scale 80% and LODs 80, medium/low parameters I can get CPU frametime consistently in the green zone <10ms—but only in 120 Hz mode. With other mode CPU frametime would spike at regular intervals into the yellow zone. This behavior reminds me of running VR with vsync on even though it is off in my setting.

With this mode and current graphic settings, my avg fps per fpsVR is around 58 which is pretty good (for small GA planes). GPU frametime is always in the yellow zone but smooth (in lower Hz modes I get some greens but that results in micro stuttering). Flying around the Empire State Building area gives me mid 50s fps which is not bad. I also tried the OpenXR dev tool vs SteamVR and did not see any difference in performance with my setup, so sticking with default SteamVR setup for now. I sometimes get good FPS in 80 Hz mode but it is not consistent and typically results in more frametime spikes especially on the CPU side.

For me, the recipe for good and smooth fps is Index in 120 Hz, reduced rendering scale as well as LODs, low ambient occlusion, low volumetric clouds. I’m running Stream SS 100% with TAA, motion smoothing off (seems to be overridden by OXR API anyway).

First: OXR Dev Tools has nothing to do with the Index nor SteamVR OpenXR driver. It has only to do with any WMR OpenXR driver.

Having said this there is a known bug with SteamVR and nearly all Nvidia drivers released after 446.14. It is documented by Nvidia release notes, discussed at length in the Nvidia forums (and reddit), and there is nothing you can do but mitigate. Now because you’re running a 3090 you can’t use 446.14, however I don’t know if you can at least use Nvidia drivers 452.06 because if you can with the 3090, I find it is roughly equivalent to 446.14 in terms of VR, slightly better than 457.30 but not much, and way better than 460.xx I’ve tried with the 2070S.

I’m cool with the current performance using my current settings. Just don’t like the way the CPU frametime took a hit from simply lowering the frequency of the headset with no change in other settings. Ideally I would like to run it in 80 Hz mode with targeted fps of 40, while upping other graphic parameters for better image fidelity.