Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR), the largest open source virtual reality (VR) consortium in the world, has today announced an update that provides official support for OSVR content on Steam. Universal VR content, including that compatible with the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit (HDK), is now accessible through the world’s most popular entertainment digital distribution channel.
The official Steam support includes full integration of OSVR, including unique icons next to compatible content and added filter functions will allow users of OSVR compatible hardware, including the HDK series of head-mounted displays (HMDs), to narrow their searches for OSVR-enabled experiences.
“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,” says Christopher Mitchell, OSVR Lead, Razer.
The OSVR Developer Fund, established earlier this year, is a $5 million USD initiative that incentivises developers to spur VR technology development through the production of open-platform content. The fund has seen hundreds of applications since its availability, with 32 titles already available or on the way to the platform.
“OSVR makes it easy for game developers to support hundreds of devices and for hardware vendors to tap into top-notch content,” says Yuval Boger, CEO of Sensics. “OSVR content on Steam makes it easier than ever to distribute and obtain OSVR-compatible content.”
OSVR content is available via Steam immediately, with users able to find compatible titles by filtering searches for VR videogames and entertainment software in the same fashion as HTC Vive or Oculus Rift titles.
“We are delighted to announce support for OSVR titles,” said Valve’s Augusta Butlin. “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.”
The OSVR platform is designed for industry and educational purposes, though the HDK offering is available for public purchase. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on OSVR and the range of HDK devices.