How to Set Up Twitch Chat Overlay in VR

March 26, 2021 • Shannon Flynn

Twitch has become a popular resource for entertainment as viewers flock in the thousands to watch streamers play their favorite games. As virtual reality (VR) becomes more popular in the gaming industry, streamers are playing VR games like “Half-Life: Alyx” and many others. However, as a streamer, you may still want to see the chat as you play. To do so, you can set up Twitch chat overlay.

While Twitch hasn’t come up with an integration yet, you can use extensions instead. The best way to do so is by using the OVRdrop and SteamVR downloads. It’s compatible with Oculus Rift and Rift S, HTC Vive Valve Index. PlayStation VR and PCs have their own methods for a Twitch chat overlay VR setup as well.

OVRdrop Method

Conveniently, many VR headsets are compatible with the OVRdrop method. Here’s how to set up Twitch chat overlay:

First and foremost, a few versions of OVRdrop exist. On Steam, you can get OVRdrop for $12, which comes with 1440p graphics capabilities. Another option is OVR Toolkit for $12 on Steam as well. You can decide which one fits your needs best.

For the free version of OVRdrop, which has a max resolution of 360p, download the extension from Hotrian on Github. It’s the first link under “Assets.”

It says “OpenVRTwitchChat-v1.0.7.3-beta.zip”. Click on it to download the file. Once it downloads, be sure to create a new folder for it in a convenient place — you’ll need to run it before every VR stream you do.

Open VR Twitch Chat Screenshot

Extract the file and launch the .exe file afterward. It will bring you to a screen where you need to enter some information — your username, the OAuth key and your channel name. You may only need to enter the channel name.

Select the controller you want to use by going to the drop-down menu in the bottom left that says “World.” Select one of your controllers to use.

Then, select the size and opacity of your chat so you can clearly read it. Go to the menu in the bottom right that says “None.” You’ll have to play around with entering numbers to get the settings to your liking.

Check to make sure it all works. Use the chat while you play to see if it integrates properly. You should see it on your screen while you’re gaming.

PSVR Method

Just as Twitch streaming has grown popular — even reaching the level of providing income for many streamers — so have PlayStation consoles. Luckily, the PlayStation 4 has an easier way to integrate a Twitch chat overlay VR setup while you play on your PSVR.

Your console and VR headset must be up-to-date with the latest software first and foremost. Then, on your PS4, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the VR game you plan to stream on Twitch.
  2. You should have a Share button option from your PSVR controllers. Click on it. Then, you’ll see the devices and platforms you can integrate.
  3. Choose Twitch.
  4. Go on to the next screen and you should see an option in the top right to “Display messages to Spectators and Spectators’ Comments.” Check the box to turn it on. You can also “Include Microphone Audio in Broadcasts” by checking that box, too.
  5. Click on the Options button and go to Advanced settings. Select which settings you’d like to turn on during your streams.

Keep in mind that if you’re playing with a capture card — which allows you to play in fullscreen when you want to take pictures or record the game — you won’t be able to see the chat. The fisheye mode is the only view that allows the Twitch chat to appear for PSVR.

Then, you’re ready to start playing your VR game while still seeing your Twitch chat.

PC Oculus Method

The PC method involves using Virtual Desktop, which is a program that lets you access a computer from another platform. This setup allows you to get VR chat overlays with Oculus headsets.

You’ll first need to download Virtual Desktop by clicking Download Streamer App. Then, follow the installation instructions.

  1. It will prompt you to enter your Oculus username, which connects Virtual Desktop to your headset.
  2. Make sure Allow Remote Connections is checked off on the side of where you enter your username. You can check off other preferences there to your liking as well.
  3. Use your VR headset to connect and then interact with your desktop through your VR controllers.
  4. Pull up your Twitch chat from the browser.
  5. Adjust the size of the screen to your liking.

Then, you should be able to use the built-in feature of Oculus SDK for Windows, which lets you better customize your VR experience. For instance, you can pin windows like your Twitch chat. You can also download the latest version if needed.

Keep in mind that this method and the OVRdrop method are the only two that will work for Quest VR headsets. Quest headsets do not have a built-in function for a Twitch chat overlay VR setup. Instead, you’ll need to use either a PC or the OVR Toolkit to view your chat while you stream.

A Better Twitch Chat Experience

With these steps on how to set up Twitch chat overlay, you can use any virtual reality headset you have to get the optimal Twitch chat VR setup. Communicate with viewers easier while never breaking your focus. Now, you’re ready to start playing!

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