Today is the day Valve's Steam Dev Days conference begins. As we learned last week, Valve is expected to release a development toolkit for virtual-reality headsets at the conference. But that's not the only VR-related chunk of goodness Valve has (or had) up its sleeve.
Last night, a Valve staffer by the pseudonym Programmer Joe posted on the Steam Community forums about the addition of a VR mode to the Steam client beta. "As of the most recent Steam Client Beta steam now supports an experimental VR mode," Programmer Joe wrote in the post. "If you own an Oculus Rift dev kit you can try it out by starting Steam with "-vr" on the command line. Then press the Big Picture button to enter Big Picture + VR mode." The post also includes an extra set of instructions in case that doesn't work.
I'd be curious to see how Steam's Big Picture mode looks with VR enabled. The concept certainly sounds neat. Plenty of games already support Oculus, but now, you can also launch them from the comfort a VR interface.
According to that BBC story we talked about last week, Valve has a "long known" relationship with the Oculus VR folks. Valve is also working with other VR firms and developing its own head-tracking and headset manufacturing technology. I'm sure we'll discover more about Valve's VR efforts as time goes on.
|Intel SSD 545s arrives with 64-layer 3D TLC flash aboard||3|
|Radeon Vega Frontier Edition launches today for $999 and up||8|
|Aorus X299 mobos arrive at stores with an Xperience Pack in tow||1|
|Asus and Sapphire offer digital pickaxes to crypto-miners||26|
|Rumor: Six-core Coffee Lake CPU pops up in Geekbench||38|
|Nokia 6 comes to the US with a taste of vanilla Android||18|
|SNES Classic will fix your nostalgia blues this September||34|
|Corsair reveals its prize haul for the TR BBQ XIV||7|
|Portions of the Windows Shared Source Kit leak out||13|