SteamVR Gets a New Dashboard, Finally Ditching Steam Big Picture


From very early on, the SteamVR dashboard had tailored Steam’s ‘Massive Image’ mode which was designed to be used on massive display TV’s somewhat than in VR. Because it wasn’t made with VR in thoughts, a lot of its performance is clunky and a few of it borderline damaged. Now, SteamVR is getting a dashboard overhaul which is ditching Massive Image.

Valve has been making regular enhancements to the SteamVR interface over the past yr or so. Again in December the corporate rolled out an overhaul of the platform’s Settings interface, and earlier than that it addressed longstanding audio routing annoyances.

Now the SteamVR dashboard interface itself is getting an overhaul; the primary fruits of that work have been launched within the SteamVR Beta v1.10.9. In the event you’d wish to preview the replace, right here’s how:

Decide into SteamVR Beta

In your Steam video games record, right-click on SteamVR > Properties > Choose the ‘Betas’ tab
Within the drop down record, choose ‘SteamVR Beta Replace’
Enable SteamVR to replace

Decide into Steam Beta

In the primary Steam window, click on the ‘Steam’ drop-down on the high left > Settings > Choose the ‘Account’ tab
Within the ‘Beta participation’ part, click on ‘Change’, within the drop-down record choose ‘Steam Beta Replace’
Steam might immediate you to restart to put in the replace

The brand new SteamVR dashboard may be very easy on this beta launch, providing a have a look at your 4 most not too long ago performed titles, in addition to a scrollable record of different titles in your Library.

Photograph by Highway to VRWhile the dashboard strikes away from Massive Image, it hasn’t but changed it utterly; clicking the ‘Browse All’ button on the high proper will drop you again into the acquainted Massive Image interface.

There’s additionally a Retailer part within the new dashboard which exhibits three scrollable sections for now: ‘Prime Singleplayer’, Prime Multiplayer’, and ‘Prime Free’.

Photograph by Highway to VR

When there’s an lively sport, the SteamVR dashboard affords up game-specific buttons for controller bindings and video settings which helpfully take you on to the game-specific settings (somewhat than making you scroll by a listing to seek out the precise title).

Photograph by Highway to VR

There’s nonetheless quite a lot of lacking performance within the new dashboard (notably any form of Buddies record), and a handful of locations the place you’ll get dumped again to the Massive Image interface in the meanwhile. Nevertheless, we count on to see Valve proceed to construct out the brand new interface to embody increasingly of the core performance, and with time we hope to see a extra mature interface design that doesn’t rely a lot on scrolling.