Razer and Sensics have announced that the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) platform that they co-founded has been certified for Steam, with a forthcoming Steam update enabling support for OSVR hardware and content on Valve’s popular digital storefront.
The update will see OSVR icons added next to compatible content and users able to filter search results for only titles that support OSVR hardware. Right now, there aren’t many OSVR headsets out there, with the latest being the Hacker Development Kit 2 (HDK2), but OSVR was always designed to be an open source platform, and news you’ll be able to develop hardware for OSVR and that hardware can integrate with Steam will be a big buoy to any companies curious about giving VR hardware development a shot.
‘We are delighted to announce support for OSVR titles,’ said Valve’s Augusta Butlin in a statement. ‘Steam is an open platform for all developers, and adding support for OSVR further expands the massive content offerings for the millions of gamers on Steam.’
‘This is a great milestone for VR, giving users access to more hardware and content and driving Valve’s and OSVR’s shared vision of totally open VR content to everyone,’ said OSVR lead at Razer Christopher Mitchell. Back in June, Razer led efforts on a $5m development fund to incentivise developers to support the OSVR platform, with 32 titles already having received funding.
There are currently over 250 OSVR-compatible titles on Steam.