Valve has announced the release of SteamVR 2.0 in beta, a major update that brings many new features and improvements to the virtual reality platform. SteamVR 2.0 aims to integrate the latest developments from the Steam platform and the Steam Deck handheld device into VR, offering users a more seamless and immersive experience.
One of the most noticeable changes in SteamVR 2.0 is the revamped user interface, which includes an updated keyboard that supports new languages, emojis, and themes. Users can also access Steam chat and voice chat directly from VR and browse the updated store that highlights new and popular VR titles. Valve also shared a screenshot of the new UI on their blog post announcing the latest update. Additionally, users can interact with floating overlay windows that can be shown or hidden at any time, allowing them to multitask in VR.
SteamVR 2.0 also fixes some issues and bugs that affected the previous version of the platform, such as crashing while exiting certain Unity titles, increasing the system layer resolution limit, localising the controller configuration, and installing the Bigscreen Beyond Driver when a headset is connected.
To opt-in for the SteamVR 2.0 beta, users need to have the new Steam Client beta installed first, which can be done by going to the settings menu and selecting the “Beta Participation” tab. Then, users need to go to their library, right-click “SteamVR”, open its properties menu, and select “Beta- SteamVR Beta Update” from the drop-down list.
Valve stated that SteamVR 2.0 is the first major step towards its goal of bringing all of what’s new on the Steam platform into VR, and that it will continue to work on improving and expanding the platform in the future.
SteamVR is a virtual reality platform that allows users to enjoy a variety of VR experiences on their PC. SteamVR supports various VR headsets, controllers, and accessories like the Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, and more. SteamVR also provides a rich set of features and tools for VR developers and enthusiasts, such as SteamVR Home, SteamVR Overlay Apps, SteamVR Workshop Tools, and SteamVR Input System.