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How to activate passthrough on the HTC Vive XR Elite?

In this article you will learn how to activate passthrough on the HTC Vive XR. By activating passthrough you will be able to see your surroundings through your headset.

What is needed:

  • HTC Vive XR Elite
  • Optional: HTC Vive XR Elite controllers

Option 1: How to activate Passthrough on the HTC Vive XR Elite through the Vive Menu

  1. Open the Vive menu by pressing the Vive Button on the right controller.
  2. At the top of the Vive Menu select Passthrough.
  3. You will now see your surroundings through the headset.
  4. To exit the Passthrough mode, click the Vive Button twice.

Option 2: How to activate Passthrough on the HTC Vive XR Elite through the headset Button

  1. Go to the main lobby. To do so press the Vive Button on the right controller and click on Back to Lobby on the bottom right corner.
  2. In the dock which is located at the bottom of your view, click on Settings.
  3. On the left side of the Settings window click on General.
  4. Scroll down to the Double-click passthrough section.
  5. Click on the toggle located on the right side of that section. 
  6. Now you can activate the Passthrough mode by pressing the Headset Button twice. The Headset Button is located above your left eye on the headset.
  7. To exit the Passthrough mode, click the Headset Button twice again.

You now know how to activate Passthrough on the HTC Vive XR Elite.

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