Valve Corporation’s recent update to SteamVR beta programmes aims to boost its use across Oculus Quest headsets, user notes from the company’s website revealed.
SteamVR Beta 1.21.5 has upgraded functionality for Quest headsets, allowing users smoother gameplay and connectivity when tethered to PCs.
Valve has designed its SteamVR platform to function across all headset brands and aims to expand VR gaming and experiences to enthusiasts globally.
To facilitate this, Valve upgraded its SteamVR platform to increase stability and reliability for Oculus head-mounted displays (HMD), whether tethered or standalone.
The upgrade hoped to solve a difficult problem for Quest 2 lovers: headsets would disconnect from PCs, frustrating users during gameplay and forcing them to restart the platform.
SteamVR will remind users to start Oculus Link after powering on the device and will also notify people to install its software on the Oculus if SteamVR cannot communicate with the headset’s service.
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The news comes after Meta’s Quest headset lineup reached 39.62 percent in early January, up 3.30 percent the year before, with the Quest 2 earning 31 percent of Meta’s total use on the platform.
Valve Index, Valve Corporation’s own headset, ranked second at 15.79 percent, and HTC VIVE remains at 8.26 percent, figures show.
The company also updated SteamVR 1.19.6 beta to improve its Index VR headset’s virtual desktop functionality, navigation, and overlays on other programmes or games, among other features.