SteamVR Beta Introduces All-New Dashboard, Adds Oculus Quest Icon

The beta model of SteamVR now has an all-new VR interface, in addition to including an icon for Oculus Quest in Oculus Hyperlink mode.

SteamVR is Valve’s PC digital actuality platform which helps on Home windows, macOS, and Linux. The runtime is downloaded and up to date by way of Steam. SteamVR helps all PC VR headsets, so builders constructing SteamVR apps can goal all PC VR customers.

SteamVR’s consumer interface has been principally unchanged because it launched again in 2016. However again in December, Valve simplified the desktop settings UI with a cleaner extra fashionable design that higher matches the Steam consumer’s new interface.

This similar strategy has now been taken to the in-VR interface (referred to as Dashboard). The interface is cleaner and has simply six buttons alongside the underside:

Menu (☰): exit SteamVR or open the normal Steam Huge Image interfaceDesktops: 1-click entry to your PC screens (1 proven at a time)Library: 1-click entry to your 14 most just lately launched VR appsRetailer: lists the highest promoting VR video games on Steam (clicking one opens its web page in Huge Image)Quantity: permits the audio quantity to be modified (SteamVR now goals to detect the right audio system by default)Settings: in-VR entry to the total SteamVR settings, with the identical new UI because the desktop

The ‘Browse All’ button of the Library and listings in Retailer opens up Huge Image and appears to point that Valve intends to construct out a brand new for-VR interface for these components of its retailer. This will likely come by the point this construct strikes to secure, or it is likely to be a long term venture.

Within the present secure construct of SteamVR, Fb’s Oculus Quest (used as a PC VR headset by way of Oculus Hyperlink) would present the identical icon as Rift S. Valve now added a brand new icon for the headset. This doesn’t have an effect on performance, but it surely’s a pleasant sprucing contact for the various Quest house owners venturing onto Steam to discover its wealth of PC VR content material.

The tempo of enchancment on SteamVR appears to be ramping up just lately. As soon as a platform solely an influence consumer may love, SteamVR now has a core interface arguably higher than every other VR platform.

Might all these adjustments, at the moment in Beta, be parts of the “SteamVR” Valve referred to final week? It appears seemingly, however Valve hasn’t stated something about this particularly. We’ll be retaining a detailed watch on SteamVR’s evolution because the 12 months progresses.