Fix HTC Vive camera not working

HTC released its VR(Virtual reality) headset/wireless controller back in 2016. It is used to experience the Virtual reality World, Play games in VR mode, use in Business, and many more.

But, sometimes people experience issues like the Camera not getting detected by the headset and controller, the Camera not working, and other Vive camera-related connectivity issues.

But, why the camera is there in the HTC Vive controller? The camera acts as the vision when we are using the Vive.

It captures the objects around it and integrates them with virtual reality objects.

It's used to create a Blurry Monochrome version of the real world inside the Virtual reality world.

The below steps will work on all HTC Vive PCVR devices like Vive, Vive Pro, Vive Pro 2, Vive Pro Eye, Vive Cosmos, and Vive Cosmos Elite.


    FIX: HTC Vive camera not working!

    To fix the Camera-related issue, we'll do certain things. Follow each and every step carefully,

    I. Keep SteamVR updated

    The Primary thing you can do for a quick fix is Keep the SteamVR PC app updated.

    Maybe you missed the update which contains a patch fix for this issue addressed by Steam & Vive Dev teams.

    Updating the Vive VR system and other supportive software can fix the issues that may be caused due to software bugs. Sometimes updates fix these issues.

    1. Open your SteamVR settings and search for the 'Check for updates' option.

    2. Now press on the Check for Update button, Now it will fetch the update if available.

    You can also go for the newer version available no matter whether it is stable or Beta. Just try different versions. Sometimes, Beta patches contain Camera Bug fixes.



    II. Enable the Camera option from the settings
     

    First, of all, check the Camera flag is enabled in SteamVR. We need to enable this from SteamVR Settings.

    1. Open the SteamVR app on your PC and open its settings. 

    2. Then Switch to the camera option and check the Enable Camera option.

    Vive camera not working

    Now, restart the application. Also, confirm that You have to check that the Enable camera option is selected.



    III. Change USB Ports / Update Drivers

    Sometimes outdated or corrupted USB drivers can cause Vive camera-related issues.

    Try changing the USB within USB Port 2.0, 3.0, or 3.1 which may help, because sometimes the problem is in Connectivity.

    To update the USB driver, you can follow the below steps

    1. Press WINDOWS + R, then type devmgmt.msc then press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER(it will run a program as administrator).

    2. Then click on the Universal Serial Bus controllers, Right-click on the USB driver, and then on the Update driver.

    Now, select Search automatically for drivers and it will search for the latest drivers.



    IV. Reset SteamVR USB Connection

    If the previous method didn't work, in case the issue is with the SteamVR connection, we can reset USB connections at the application level.

    1. Open SteamVR and select three horizontal lines

    2. Now, select the Developer > Developer settings option

    3. Choose the Remove All SteamVR USB Device option

    Remove All SteamVR USB Device

    It will remove all the USBs connected to SteamVR. Now, our task is to reboot the System and then connect all the Vive devices again.



    V. Editing values in SteamVR files

    If previous methods didn't work for you, then there are higher chances that

    this method will work.

    1. Open File Manager and follow this Path

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR\resources\settings\default.vrsettings

    2. Now open the file and Scroll Down until you see

    "camera" : { "enableCamera" : false, "enableCameraInDashboard" : false,
    "enableCameraForCollisionBounds" : false, "enableCameraForRoomView": false,

    Vive Camera SteamVR Settings

    3. Now edit of enableCameraenableCameraForRoomView, and enableCameraForCollisionBounds flags from false to true and save it

    4. Now Restart the SteamVR application.

    NOTE: Be careful while editing the file. It can break the
    entire file. Edit only the required and mentioned Variables. In case, if you
    broke the file structure. So, to reset it you will need to reinstall all the
    SteamVR.



    VI. Wait for the 'Issue fix Patch'

    At last, we'll need to wait for the Issue fix patch from HTC Vive Corp. The issues may be caused due to incorrect coding techniques, Software Bugs, or glitches.

    If the previous methods still do not fix your issue, then you can proceed with this article - HTC Vive with SteamVR Camera communication failed!


    FIX: HTC Vive camera not working on Discord!

    In order to fix the Vive camera issue on Discord, first try out the above solutions. If the issue persists, you can try after restarting the HTC Vive device along with the Windows PC.

    It will close all the other apps that are using the camera simultaneously with Discord & your Vive VR console.


    Conclusion

    All the mentioned methods are working for almost all HTC Vive PCVR series like Vive, Vive Pro, Vive Cosmos series, etc.

    The mentioned techniques are proven and working. We have tested it & it's working.

    I hope it will help you to fix the issue of the HTC Vive camera not working & the Vive camera stopped working.

    If you have any queries regarding this article guide, feel free to ask in the comments. I will definitely help you to solve your problem.