With the release of the portable console Steam Deck, Valve seemed to have stopped work in the field of virtual reality, but as it turned out, this was not the case – the developer presented a beta version of the SteamVR 2.0 platform.
According to Valve, the updated SteamVR 2.0 received most of the features of Steam and Steam Deck. An updated keyboard has appeared on the virtual platform with support for new languages, as well as new emoticons and themes. Added Steam Chat and voice communication integration. In addition, Valve has improved the game store user interface so that all new virtual reality products are now the focus.
The company added that this is just the beginning of the life of SteamVR 2.0, meaning that the developer will actively collect feedback and improve new features in the near future. After the required number of changes, a public version of the platform will be released.
Valve founder Gabe Newell promised back in 2017 that the company would release three “full games” for virtual reality. The Valve Index headset was only followed by Half-Life: Alyx, both of which received high reviews, ending Valve’s journey into virtual reality. Two years ago, there was information that the company was preparing a standalone headset codenamed Deckard, but this could neither be confirmed nor denied.