Graphics Glitches/Artifacts in Oculus (Meta) VR Game

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If you’re using Oculus VR stuff, you might’ve run into some weird graphics problems during your game. This can look like black stripes or boxes messing up your view, especially on simple backgrounds. These issues pop up a lot with NVIDIA RTX 4000 Series Graphics Cards. We’ll talk about some tricks you might try to get rid of these annoyances, but just a heads up, they might not work for everyone.

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Graphics Glitches or Artifacts in Oculus (Meta) VR Game

Fixing graphics glitches in VR game with Oculus Tray Tool

I found a neat fix with the Oculus Tray Tool, especially after moving from an RTX 2070 to a 4070 and seeing these weird glitches. This tool is like a magic wand for Oculus VR headsets, letting you adjust stuff to make your VR experience better, like tweaking how clear the image is, managing power, and setting up sound.

Here’s how I sorted out the glitchy mess:

  1. First, grab and install the Oculus Tray Tool.Oculus Tray Tool download
  2. Start the VR game that’s giving you trouble.
  3. Press Alt + Tab to sneak over to your desktop without quitting the game.
  4. Open up the Oculus Tray Tool.
  5. Dive into the settings and look for the Default ASW Mode option.
  6. Switch the Default ASW mode to “Off“. Trust me, it might just do the trick.Fix graphics glitches and visual defects in Oculus VR games

Turning off ASW really helped me out, and fingers crossed, it does the same for you.

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Experimenting with other settings in Oculus Tray Tool

If messing with the ASW doesn’t clear things up, don’t lose hope. The Oculus Tray Tool has a bunch of other knobs and dials to play with that might fix your glitchy graphics. Every VR setup is different, so it’s worth poking around to see if you can find the sweet spot for your gear.

By trying out different settings, you might stumble upon the perfect fix for your game’s graphics hiccups. This approach needs a bit of patience and experimenting, but it could really pay off.
Oculus headsets advanced settings

Check out these settings as a starting point:

  1. Super Sampling: Tweaking the super sampling rate might reduce visual mess. Drop it a bit and see if things get better.
  2. Adaptive GPU Scaling: This can boost performance by adjusting the resolution based on how busy your GPU is. Turning this on might smooth things out by not overworking your GPU.
  3. Visual HUD (Heads-Up Display): Turning on the Visual HUD lets you watch performance stats live. This can clue you into when and why you’re seeing glitches, helping you figure out the best settings to tweak.
  4. OVR Server Priority: This server is key for Oculus software. Setting its priority to “High” makes sure it gets enough CPU power, which might help with the glitches.
  5. Power Options: Check your power settings to make sure they’re set for max performance. This can stop your system from slowing down, which could be causing the graphic issues.Meta Oculus Quest headsets Power options settings

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Updating graphics card drivers

Keeping your graphics card drivers fresh is key. Old or buggy drivers can cause all sorts of visual weirdness. Here’s how to get the latest drivers for your NVIDIA RTX 4000 Series Graphics Card:

  1. Head over to the NVIDIA Driver Downloads page.
  2. Pick your graphics card and OS, then hit ‘Search‘.
  3. Download any new drivers you find.Update graphics driver
  4. Run the installer and follow the steps to update.

Or, you could use NVIDIA GeForce Experience to automatically find and install the latest driver. After updating, reboot your PC and see if the graphics issues are fixed. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for driver updates to keep things running smoothly.

Lowering graphics settings in games

Sometimes, graphic problems happen because the game’s settings are too high for your PC. Lowering them can help. Here’s what you can try:

  1. Texture quality: Lowering this can help since high-res textures are tough on your PC.
  2. Shadow quality: Shadows take a lot of resources. Try lowering this setting or turning off shadows.
  3. Anti-aliasing: This makes things look smoother but is hard on your PC. Try lowering it or turning it off.
  4. Resolution: Using a lower resolution can make things easier for your GPU.

VR game graphics settings Meta Oculus Quest

After changing these, restart the game and Oculus app (Meta Quest Link) to see if it gets better. You might need to play around with the settings to find the best balance for your setup.

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Other solutions you can try

If you’ve tried everything above and still see glitches, here are a few more things to look at:

Reseat the headset cable

A loose cable can cause problems. Make sure it’s plugged in tight.

Using Virtual Desktop

Some folks found that using Virtual Desktop helps with graphics problems, especially on Oculus Quest 2 with an RTX 4000 series card. But it might not be for everyone.
Virtual Desktop for Oculus Quest or Rift S

Check for overheating

If your PC or graphics card gets too hot, it can cause issues. Make sure they’re cool enough.

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Overheat CPU and Motherboard

Check for graphics card overclocking

Get rid of any software that might be messing with your GPU’s performance. This includes overclocking tools.

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Dying GPU overheat temperature

Check lighting conditions

Bad lighting can mess with your VR headset’s tracking. Make sure your play area is well-lit.

Update firmware

Keep your VR headset and controllers updated.
Update firmware Meta Oculus Quest or Rift

Try a different VR headset

If you can, try another headset to see if it’s just yours that has the problem.

Check for hardware issues

There might be something wrong with your graphics card or other parts. If you can, try swapping them out to see if the issue stays.

These are just some ideas and might not work for everyone. If you’re still stuck, it might be a good idea to reach out to the support teams for your graphics card and VR headset.

Final thoughts

Figuring out VR graphic glitches can be tough since they can happen randomly and for lots of reasons. The VR world is still growing, so finding specific fixes can be hard. Usually, you’ll see general tips that might help. If you’re dealing with these issues, keep trying different things. It might take some effort, but finding the right fix is often about experimenting.

Don’t lose hope if the first few things you try don’t work. Keep going, and with some luck, you’ll get to enjoy your VR games glitch-free.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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