SteamVR Software updated to work with Oculus Rift

Valve has updated its SteamVR software to work with Oculus VR’s Rift virtual reality headset, as it looks forward to release its Vive VR display along with hardware partner HTC next week.

Valve, the company recognised for owning and operating the most popular digital distribution PC games portal, has always said that it will continue to support devices from competitors despite its partnership with HTC. This claim is already manifesting as users can now use the Rift with Steam.

Experts at tech adviser Digi-Capital predict that VR could generate $30 billion in spending by 2020, so Valve is making every effort to ensure that Oculus does not control that market on PC.

How to get Rift Running with the Updated SteamVR software

  1. Boot up your desktop and open steam. Make sure that it is full updated
  2. Plug in your Oculus Rift headset
  3. You will be prompted to install SteamVR, so click the “Install StreamVR” button at the top right
  4. Once installed, click the VR button at the top right of your Steam client
  5. A menu will pop up at the bottom right with the word “Ready” in the pop-up window
  6. If the word “Ready” does not show, right click on the box and select “Standing room only.”
  7. Follow the instructions on-screen until you get in the SteamVR interface
  8. Use your keyboard/mouse and the Steam client on your PC to launch SteamVR games in VR mode
  9. When you want to exit, simply click the same VR button at the top right again. This will cause Valve to shut down everything.

Not everything works with Steam yet, including Steam games with motion controls; though anything that uses a controller on SteamVR works with Rift.

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