Monado - XR Runtime (XRT)
What is Monado?
Monado is an open source XR runtime delivering immersive experiences such as VR and AR on mobile, PC/desktop, and other devices. Monado aims to be a complete and conformant implementation of the OpenXR API made by Khronos. The project is currently being developed for GNU/Linux and aims to support other operating systems such as Windows in the near future.
- 6DoF tracking, initial implementation for PSVR and PS Move controllers
- Outside-in tracking framework with stereo cameras such as PS4 camera
- Work in progress on outside-in tracking with mono cameras such as consumer webcams
- Video stream and filter framework for tracking components
- Initial OpenXR API support
- Passes all conformance tests but not yet gone through official conformance process
- Supports Vulkan, OpenGL and Headless applications
- Full support for Local, Stage and Action space relations
- Action based input
- OpenXR Extensions:
- XR_KHR_opengl_enable, XR_KHR_opengl_es_enable, XR_KHR_vulkan_enable v7
- XR_KHR_composition_layer_depth, XR_KHR_composition_layer_cylinder, XR_KHR_composition_layer_equirect2
- XR_EXT_hand_tracking - with Index controllers on vive and libsurvive drivers
- XR_EXTX_overlay - Multi-application support
- XR_MND_headless - XrSession without graphical output and compositor
- XR_MNDX_egl_enable - Alternative to XR_KHR_opengl_enable and XR_KHR_opengl_es_enable on Desktop
- Initial Android support
- Cardboard viewer
- Includes an XR Compositor
- Direct mode on AMD, NVidia and Intel GPUs
- Mesh based distortion with generators for Panotools and Vive/Index parameters
- Supports multiple simultaneous projection layers and quad layers
- Driver framework allowing easy integration of existing drivers
- Out of the box support for multiple XR devices with open source drivers
These are the XR devices that are natively supported with open source drivers in Monado
|Device||Rotation||Position||Distortion Correction||Additional Notes|
|OSVR HDK 1.x, 2.x||Yes||No||No||Requires workaround on AMD GPUs1. Firmware fix available2|
|HTC Vive||Yes||LH 1.0: No||Yes||Supported by OpenHMD, Monado “vive”, or Monado “survive”|
|HTC Vive Pro||Yes||LH 1.0: No, LH 2.0: Early WIP||Yes||Supported by OpenHMD, Monado “vive”, or Monado “survive”|
|Valve Index||Yes||LH 1.0: No, LH 2.0: Early WIP||Yes||Supported by Monado “vive”, or Monado “survive”|
|North Star||Yes||Yes, with Intel Realsense T265||Yes, v1 and v2|
|PSVR||Yes||Yes, with PS4 camera or generic stereo camera||Yes||distortion correction is WIP. Requires workaround on AMD GPUs1.|
|Playstation Move||Yes||Yes, with PS4 or generic stereo camera||-||rotational drift correction is WIP|
|DIY arduino controller||Yes||-||-|
Monado also leverages the open source drivers developed by the OpenHMD community
for further HMD support. Controllers from OpenHMD are currently not supported.
See the OpenHMD support matrix for a list of devices supported through OpenHMD.
The Direct-Tek WVR2 / VR-Tek Windows VR Glasses with the 2560x1440 resolution supported through OpenHMD requires workaround on AMD GPUs1.
Other 3rd party open source drivers Monado currently wraps are
|3rd party driver||Device||Rotation||Position||Distortion Correction||Additional Notes|
|libsurvive||HTC Vive||Yes||Yes||Yes||survive driver must be enabled at build time|
|libsurvive||HTC Vive Pro||Yes||Yes||Yes||survive driver must be enabled at build time|
|libsurvive||Valve Index||Yes||Yes||Yes||survive driver must be enabled at build time|
|librealsense||T265 realsense||Yes||Yes||-||proprietary on-device SLAM tracking|
So what does that mean?
For end users it means Monado can be used to run OpenXR games and applications like Blender on any of the supported hardware.
For developers it means you can start developing software for OpenXR with the ability to debug and inspect the source code of the entire XR software stack from your application to the HMD driver.
Monado transparently takes care of direct mode and distortion correction without developers having to write a single line of X11 code.
Getting Started with Monado
- Getting Started installing and running applications with Monado
- The OpenXR 1.0 specification
- List of Open Source applications and examples
- Tested Multi-GPU configurations (e.g. Optimus)
- Read the online Doxygen documentation and start hacking on Monado
- Use Monado’s hardware drivers in SteamVR
Code of Conduct
We follow the standard freedesktop.org code of conduct, available at https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/CodeOfConduct/, which is based on the Contributor Covenant.
Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting:
- First-line project contacts:
- freedesktop.org contacts: see most recent list at https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/CodeOfConduct/
Contributing & Repos
The main repository is https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/monado/monado and has
documentation on how to get started and contribute. Please refer to the
CONTRIBUTING.md file in the repository for details.
Contributions to the information on this website itself are welcome at https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/monado/webpage
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