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Want to Play Your Entire Steam Library in Virtual Reality? You Got it

Valve's press release has some pretty exciting implications for virtual reality.

Sarah MarquartMarch 16th 2016

Valve Software released a statement Saturday morning that left the gaming community with more questions than answers:

“SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode is in early beta, and will be showcased at next week’s Game Developer Conference in San Francisco. Desktop Theater Mode enables users to play non-VR games with VR systems such as the upcoming HTC Vive and others.”

That’s it. No screenshots, to accompanying videos, nothing.

Image credit: HTC Vive
Image credit: HTC Vive

We’ll have to wait until the unveil at the Game Developer Conference to learn more about the new feature. Most likely, though, this will take a similar approach to Big Screen, a product that promises to turn your desktop into a 20-foot interactive virtual reality world. In the case of Valve’s product, it could provide both immersive VR screens for gameplay as well as a VR world for gamers to enjoy.

Another thing we’re curious about: What does the release mean when it says this feature will be support on the HTC Vive “and others”?

It sounds like the program will bring the same Steam-games-in-VR experience to competing headsets, such as the Oculus Rift. Which would make sense financially, so that Valve is as appealing as possible to the widest group of potential customers.

In any case, it seems that we’re getting to the climax of virtual reality gaming. Exciting times.

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