Steam Adds VR Mode in New Client Update

Steam’s latest client beta update adds a virtual reality mode.

According to the patch notes from yesterday’s update, the new version of Steam’s client beta includes a new virtual reality mode that users will be able to use with a compatible head-mounted display unit. This mode will include new VR specific options in Steam’s view menu, “support for switching from desktop mode to VR mode,” and “added support for detecting when an HMD has been plugged in after Steam has started.”

Valve, in recent months, has expressed its desire to help further virtual reality technology and its practical application as an entertainment delivery method. Its efforts haven’t been without setbacks, of course, but it’s nonetheless been making strides to establish Steam as the go-to source for VR gaming. This new VR mode is likely just the latest step in what’s likely to be a long term investment for the company.

It’s worth noting, of course, that the client update wasn’t just about VR. It additionally included updates to Steam’s in-home streaming beta, improvements to its Mac OS X operations and some other minor fixes.

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