Valve, a leading developer of computer games and creator of the Steam platform, has announced the official release of SteamVR 2.0. This significant update, which has been in beta for a month, is part of the company’s strategic plan to unify the Steam ecosystem. The update includes accelerated rollout of new features and improved user experience.
In an official post on the Steam platform, the company said: “This release brings all the innovations and improvements of the Steam platform to the world of virtual reality“This move is the first in a comprehensive, long-term plan to unify the Steam ecosystem.
What exactly will SteamVR 2.0 bring to users? First, most of the current features of Steam and the Steam Deck handheld console are now integrated into SteamVR. Secondly, the keyboard has received an update: support for a dual cursor, new languages, emojis and various themes have been added. Thirdly, Steam Chat and Voice Chat integration has been implemented to simplify communication between users. Fourth, the Steam Store interface is now focused on new and popular VR releases. Fifth, access to Steam system notifications has been simplified, making the interface more convenient.
Despite all these innovations, the announcement does not include any information about the new VR device. Rumors about Valve’s development of a new VR headset have been circulating on the Internet for a long time. In September, an unknown device was certified in South Korea, possibly hinting at the impending announcement. Additionally, according to some reports, Valve is developing a standalone VR headset codenamed Deckard that will compete with Meta’s Quest headset✴.