Valve releases SteamVR for Oculus Rift

Valve releases SteamVR for Oculus Rift
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

January 14th 2014 at 10:50AM

Experimental VR option works with Big Picture mode

Valve has released a virtual reality mode from its digital distribution platform Steam.

As part of the recent Steam Client Beta, Steam now supports what the firm calls an "experimental" VR option.

Early Oculus Rift dev kit owners can test out how it looks through Big Picture mode.

To access it, users must:

1) Run Steam in the desktop client without the -vr option
2) Find "SteamVR" under "Tools" in your library. (If you don't have it installed, install it.)
3) Bring up properties on SteamVR and opt-in to the "Beta Update" beta. Let the update download.
4) Quit the Steam Client again and start it with -vr

Valve is expected to release a full virtual reality SDK this week at its Steam Dev Days conference, which takes place on January 14th and 15th.

The SDK is being designed to offer developers a standard method to provide an interface for virtual reality controllers.

It is believed Valve is working on its own virtual reality tech, but will also support the Oculus Rift, as it has done with SteamVR.