A new beta version of SteamVR has arrived without warning or any announcement from Valve. The so-called SteamVR 2.0 is now available to download if you enjoy using the beta clients while Valve tests and improves the experience.
The strange thing about this new SteamVR 2.0 client is that its timing aligns with rumours of a new Steam VR headset set to launch very soon. In fact, a few weeks back, a strange piece of Valve hardware passed certification in Korea leading many to believe that this rumoured VR headset is on its way.
Reports claim that Valve has been working on a VR headset under the codename Deckard for some time now. The codename has appeared in recent code found in the Steam database and SteamVR client.
In the new version of SteamVR 2.0, Valve has highlighted some hints at the new Steam VR headset stating that it is the “first major step towards our goal of bringing all of what’s new on the Steam platform into VR”. The announcement reads:
Greetings! 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.
Users who opt into this beta will notice a new UI with lots of added features:
·Most of the current features of Steam and Steam Deck are now part of SteamVR
·Updated keyboard with support for new languages, emojis, and themes
·Integration of Steam Chat and Voice Chat
· Improved Store that puts new and popular VR releases front and center
This is just the beginning of SteamVR 2.0’s journey, and we’ll have more to share in the coming weeks and months as we collect feedback and work on the features mentioned above. This beta will give us a chance to iron out the kinks as more and more people try it out. As with all betas, this means SteamVR 2.0 will get better and better as we prepare it for its eventual full public launch.
To try out the new UI, opt in to both SteamVR Beta and the Steam Client Beta.
Instructions for Steam Client Beta:
Instructions for SteamVR Beta:
-The SteamVR Team
The next few weeks are going to be quite interesting as Valve gears up to announce this headset. Of course, this could also be complete nonsense and Valve might not be working on anything but the dots seem to point otherwise.