It’s been four years since Valve took the VR industry by storm with the launch of Valve Index. While still one of the best PCVR headsets, competitors have continued to improve their designs whilst Valve has stayed quiet. However, Valve certainly isn’t done with the technology, restating that “we’re still working on VR”,
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.
It’s time to put on your lab coats and try to escape from the free new Escape Simulator DLC. The Portal Escape Chamber is now available on Steam. Are you ready to put your anti-containment skills to the test? You can asses your mental dexterity either by yourself or with your fellow scientists.
Valve’s Portal has seen expansions into numerous titles aside from it’s own short series. Bridge Constructor Portal was a popular merger of two videogame experiences, and the VR exclusive The Lab was one of the greatest showcases of the technology back in 2016. Now, Escape Simulator is set to bring the franchise back into VR for the first time in seven years.
In the two to three years leading up to 2020, if you loved VR then the hot topic was always Half-Life. Like much of the industry, rumours were rife, and Valve was very good at keeping secrets. While most people around the world will remember early 2020 as the onset of the pandemic, VR fans remember it for the best game ever, Half-Life: Alyx. And three years on, even with all the knowledge and experience gained since then, it is still unrivalled.
A change in the way VR titles are categorised on Steam has been revealed. The VR game store listing will now state the required hardware under the ‘system requirements’ section, opposed to the store page sidebar.