Valve has unexpectedly released the beta version of SteamVR 2.0, marking a significant advancement in the company's virtual reality endeavors. This release comes as rumors circulate about a potential new standalone VR headset from Valve, adding an element of anticipation to the tech community. The beta version is seen as the “first major step” towards integrating all the new features of the Steam platform into VR, according to the official announcement from Valve.
Enhanced Features and User Interface
Users opting into the beta will experience a revamped user interface and a host of added features. These enhancements include the integration of most current features of Steam and Steam Deck into SteamVR, an updated keyboard supporting new languages, emojis, and themes, and the incorporation of Steam Chat and Voice Chat. Additionally, the store has been improved to prominently feature new and popular VR releases. Valve has expressed that this is just the commencement of SteamVR 2.0's journey, with more developments to be shared in the upcoming weeks and months.
Speculations and Future Developments
The tech community is abuzz with speculations, especially with Valve's history of working on VR projects and the release of acclaimed VR products like Half-Life: Alyx and the Valve Index. Rumors suggest that Valve has been working on a standalone VR headset codenamed Deckard. A device from Valve has also been spotted receiving certification from South Korea's National Radio Research Agency, hinting at a possible release in the near future. Valve plans to gather feedback and make improvements during the beta phase, aiming for a full public launch later this fall.
“Today we are shipping SteamVR 2.0 in beta. We see this is as the first major step toward our goal of bringing all of what's new on the Steam platform into VR,” Valve said in its announcement. The company remains committed to refining and enhancing SteamVR 2.0, ensuring that the platform will continue to evolve and adapt based on user feedback and technological advancements.