Why did a bunch of options in the new debug menu in SteamVR get removed recently?

Very annoyed that it was there, tried it out, brought back memories of DK2 days and then now its taken away, makes no sense. I thought maybe the best way was to get an earlier version of SteamVR Beta but its not that simple, and didn't really want to take it from an "unknown" source.

I found a way to download the most recent version that still had the black_clamp_toggle which was SteamVR Beta 1.5.6. This can be done using the Steam console which can be accessed by visiting the URL steam://nav/console. Once there you can enter in the "download_depot" command to start the download, but you need to know the AppID, DepotID and the Manifest ID. In general I followed this post https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=889624474 to get an idea of how to navigate around to find the necessary info. The below method worked for me, but make sure to backup your SteamVR folder!!

  • Go to https://steamdb.info/depot/250821/manifests/ which has the manifests for all the SteamVR Beta files.
  • After some trial and error I found that version 1.5.6 with Manifest ID 4954501447188426936 was the last version that had black_clamp_toggle.
  • In the Steam Console enter in : download_depot 250820 250821 4954501447188426936
    This should start the download.
  • Once the download is complete it will let you know where its stored, navigate to the download which should be named depot_250820. On my machine it was located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\content\app_250820\depot_250820
  • In your steam library where you keep your SteamVR Beta install, ie Steam\steamapps\common, make a backup of the SteamVR folder (just in case)
  • Copy the contents of depot_250821 and overwrite the files in the SteamVR folder.
  • Start SteamVR and you should notice that its on version 1.5.6 which has black_clamp_toggle available in developer options.

Hope this helps in getting you true blacks again, even if its not available in the later releases. When a new SteamVR Beta is released it will overwrite it again however, so I keep a copy of the original depot folder and overwrite... its annoying, but not as annoying as not having the option. Now I can go back and complete Alien Isolation!

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