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Valve goes ahead with Oculus Rift SteamVR

Wave hello to waving hello
Tue Jan 14 2014, 15:23
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GAMING OUTFIT Valve has released information about its virtual reality developer system called SteamVR.

SteamVR makes the most of the Oculus Rift headset, which is a bigger, more goggly and more advanced version of Google Glass.

Frequently seen on the face of forward mover Elon Musk, it might soon be pushed onto the brows of Steam developers.

SteamVR was announced in a blog post on the Steam community forum.

"As of the most recent Steam Client Beta steam now supports an experimental VR mode. If you own an Oculus Rift dev kit you can try it out by starting Steam with "-vr" on the command line. Then press the Big Picture button to enter Big Picture + VR mode," said a post by Valve staffer Programmerjoe.

An hour later, after some comments that the VR element was not working, he added, "There's a bug. I'm working on a fix now."

A fix was released around an hour later, but some users still experienced problems. Some said that they had problems with virtual reality in big picture mode, and Programmerjoe has asked them to post their configurations in the support thread.

In the meantime, he said, anyone signed up to the Half Life 2 beta should find that the headset setup works for them there.

Where it is working through various workarounds, the results are said to be impressive. It might be wise to perform installation while paying very close attention to the instructions laid down by Valve. µ


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