The newest Nvidia GPUs, the 1080 and 1070, are supposed to offer the highest grade of quality for virtual reality. Of course, this means nothing if you can’t actually use your VR headset. According to Tom’s Hardware, and several threads on Reddit, and the official Nvidia forums, the HTC Vive isn’t detected when you plug it into the 10 series cards using a Display Port. The issue has been around for a month, according to threads on Reddit, and so far it looks like Nvidia has been pretty silent on the issue at hand.
This is a pretty big deal, considering virtual reality was a huge part of the foundation for Nvidia’s marketing of the new 10 series cards. There hasn’t been any official announcements on whether Nvidia is working on the issue, though a few responses in various threads have said that users can expect the fix to come in the form of a new driver update sometime in the near future. Is this true? We can’t really say, yet, but it doesn’t bode well for those looking to get the most out of their virtual reality headsets.
Of course, if you aren’t using the Display Port to run the Vive to your graphics card, then you probably haven’t run into any of these issues, and you have nothing to worry about. If you do use the Display Port, and you don’t want to constantly unplug devices from your graphics card, and cut down on wear and tear, then several users have suggest picking up a Display Port to HDMI adapter, like this one, which can be found on Best Buy’s website.
Of course, these are only solutions for those looking to get everything up and running now, and the solution seems to differ from person to person, and system to system. We can’t guarantee it will work for you, but it’s worth a try if you’re having problems getting your HTC Vive working with your brand new GTX 1070 or 1080.
Have you noticed any of these issues with your HTC Vive and Nvidia 10 series graphics card? Have a solution we didn’t touch on? Feel free to share it in by responding to this thread in the Chatty.