Feeds

Valve gives Oculus Rift a whirl with SteamVR mode

Developer tool allows support for headsets

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Valve is trialing support for the Oculus Rift in its Steam platform.

The company told developers that a new mode in the Steam Client Beta tool will allow for the addition of support for the virtual reality headsets.

Dubbed SteamVR, the navigation mode will allow users to run the Steam interface with their dev kit Oculus Rift units. The mode is available through the latest beta release of SteamVR and is accessed through the Steam command line.

The update is being classified by Valve developers as "experimental" and the company is asking developers and beta users to provide early feedback.

The backing of the Steam platform could prove vital in the coming years when the Oculus Rift looks to enter the consumer hardware space. Since its initial launch as a PC games channel, the Steam service has expanded to the major desktop, mobile and console platforms as a gaming channel and download service.

Though the Oculus Rift VR headset remains in its early developer phases, the device is generating no shortage of buzz in the gaming community as developers and consumers alike are anticipating the possible applications of a working virtual reality headset.

Further building speculation about the Oculus Rift as a gaming platform has been Oculus' appointment of games legend John Carmack to the company's executive team. The former id Software boss was appointed chief technology officer at Oculus late last year.

At this year's CES conference in Las Vegas the company debuted Crystal Cove, an experimental headset which offers support for full 1080p graphics. Early reviews suggest that the new models sport a smoother presentation and movement which could help to alleviate some of the physical side-effects (nausea, headaches) which early testers of the original Oculus Rift hardware reported.

Oculus could also see competition in the VR gaming market for developers with connections to Steam's parent company. A pair of former Valve engineers recently pitched their own challenger to the Oculus Rift with the CastAR projector system. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes
Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.