Valve Corporation officially announced the release of SteamVR 2.0 beta on September 25, 2023. Today, just a month later, SteamVR 2.0 is being made available to all Steam users, marking a significant step towards unifying the Steam ecosystem and enhancing the VR experience for the ever-growing user base.
This update represents another step taken by Valve Corporation in their ongoing efforts to integrate the Steam platform with virtual reality, aiming to provide a more uniform experience across various devices and enable the easier integration of new Steam features in the future.
Here are some of the key features and enhancements that SteamVR 2.0 brings to the table:
Steam and Steam Deck Integration: A major highlight of this update is the integration of most of the current features of Steam and Steam Deck into SteamVR. This means that users can now access their favorite Steam features directly from their VR environment.
Updated Keyboard: The new and improved keyboard in SteamVR 2.0 boasts support for dual-cursor typing, additional languages, a range of emojis, and customizable themes.
Steam Chat and Voice Chat Integration: With the integration of Steam Chat and Voice Chat, users can connect with their friends, both through text and voice, without having to exit their VR world.
Improved Store Interface: The VR Store now showcases new and popular VR releases, making it easier for users to discover and access the latest content available on the Steam platform.
Easy access to Steam notifications: Staying updated with Steam notifications now is easier than ever.
To experience these latest features, it’s essential to ensure that your Steam client is updated. Users can manually check for client updates by navigating to ‘Steam > Check For Client Updates.
The release of SteamVR 2.0 beta is not limited to the dashboard interface alone; it also brings plenty of bug fixes, controller firmware updates, drivers, and more. Check the complete patch notes here:
Steam VR 2.0 Patch notes