Valve SteamVR 2.0 Beta is Live! Here’s how to access it

Normally, we wouldn’t get too excited about the release of a software update, but when it’s Valve you take notice. When you’re into virtual reality and Valve drops the SteamVR 2.0 Beta, you jump up and start reading! Why, because it’s three years past due and brings greater synergy with the entire ecosystem, SteamDeck included.

Originally, Valve had planned on releasing SteamVR 2.0 in 2020, a year after the Valve Index arrived. That didn’t happen, obviously, and a lot has happened since then. Index is a great headset – part of our Best VR Headset 2023 list – but it’s starting to look a little old now. If you believe the current rumours, however, this Beta release could be a precursor to a new, standalone headset. We’ll have to wait to see if that pans out.

SteamVR 2.0 Beta Features

As for the beta, it includes a range of updates and new additions. To start with: “Most of the current features of Steam and Steam Deck are now part of SteamVR,” Valve says. The keyboard is better with support for new languages, emojis, and themes, whilst Steam Chat and Voice Chat are now integrated. The store has also been tweaked to put new and popular VR releases front and centre. You can find the full changelog here.

Valve SteamVR 2.0 Beta screenshot

So you want to try the latest changes? Here is how to go about it.

How to Install SteamVR 2.0 Beta

Steam Client Beta

  1. With Steam running, click on “Steam” in the upper left, then choose the “Settings” menu. (Preferences on Mac)
  2. On the “Interface” tab under “Client Beta Participation” select the dropdown menu
  3. Select the “Steam Beta Update” from the drop-down list and click “OK”
  4. You will be prompted to restart Steam, please select the “Restart Steam” button

SteamVR Beta

  1. With Steam running, navigate to your library.
  2. Right-click on “SteamVR” in your library list, then click “Properties” in the context menu.
  3. Select the “Betas” tab on the left.
  4. Select “Beta – SteamVR Beta Update” from the drop-down list

Valve will be releasing more SteamVR 2.0 features in the months to come, as it receives feedback. So more exciting updates are in store.

Have you tried the beta yet? Let us know your impressions in the comments below.