How to Stop SteamVR Starting with Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4 has a common issue found by many new developers that have recently purchased a Virtual Reality headset.

SteamVR now starts up every time your projects load!

All players of your game will also find that your non VR game will load SteamVR which can be frustrating.

In this quick guide we will show you how to stop SteamVR starting with your Unreal Engine 4 projects.

Why does SteamVR start with my UE4 project?

Unreal Engine 4 has many Virtual Reality plugins enabled by default once you start a new project.

This is done to get many developers seamlessly working on their projects without any initial setup or complicated menus.

Disabling these VR related plugins will prevent SteamVR loading when you launch your project.

Disabling the SteamVR plugin

Firstly, click the Edit button in the top left of the Unreal Engine 4 editor and then click the Plugins button at the bottom of the drop down window.

Opening the Plugins menu of Unreal Engine 4

Then, once the Plugins menu has opened, scroll down on the left side categories until you find the Virtual Reality section.

Once you have found this button, click it to show the Virtual Reality plugins on the right.

Scroll through the Plugin categories until you find the Virtual Reality category.

In this new right side menu, scroll down until you see the SteamVR plugin.

Scroll through the Virtual Reality plugins list until you find the SteamVR plugin.

Disable the SteamVR plugin by unticking the Enabled section.

To allow these changes Unreal Engine 4 needs to restart, press Restart Now to restart the editor.

Disable the SteamVR plugin by clicking on the Enabled checkbox. Then click the restart now button to apply these changes to the UE4 editor.


After these steps the editor should restart and SteamVR will no longer start when you start the Unreal Engine 4 editor with your project.

All future projects created do not keep these settings.

All new projects make will need to go through these steps if you are not using Virtual Reality in your project.

To read more about Unreal Engine 4 plugins, click here to see the full Plugin documentation.

To easily purchase and download Plugins for Unreal Engine 4, click here to go to the Unreal Engine 4 Marketplace.

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