With the official launch of the April 2018 Update on Monday, Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR is out of early access. The change was announced by Microsoft's Jonathan Lyons, who heads the platform's support.
“This announcement recognizes the continued improvements over the last five months coupled with the new fixes and features in the Windows 10 April 2018 update that released today,” he said on Steam. “Since we first made SteamVR available to all users in November, we have released 10 updates to all users and 24 to Beta users.”
The updates include improved support for motion controllers, with better detection and appearance in SteamVR, as well as haptic feedback. Performance and stability have also improved significantly, which is essential for any VR/AR experience.
Another factor in the early access label was lack of game support. After a lengthy trial period, 422 titles in the Steam Store officially support Windows Mixed Reality.
More Features to Come
Despite the significant improvements, Lyons vows that development won't stop here.
“We wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to the members of our community who have given us great feedback to help make SteamVR a better experience for Windows Mixed Reality,” he said. “It's important to clarify that today's announcement doesn't change anything about our ongoing commitment to our SteamVR experience and our community. We will continue to release regular updates with new fixes and features, and you will still find us here in the discussion forums.”
One of the biggest items on the agenda is support for the Cliff House. For the unfamiliar, the Cliff House acts a central hub for all things Mixed Reality. It takes the shape of a virtual house, letting users pin different windows to walls and launch apps.
Microsoft is investigating the ability to launch SteamVR apps from the Cliff House as well as more customizable input