Two of the companies that had the biggest buzz coming out of the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week were Oculus (for a new version of its Oculus Rift VR gaming headset) and Steam (for its Steam Machines and Steam Controller), so it is interesting that Valve has announced plans to bring the two PC gaming devices together. Steam is now testing an experimental mode that uses the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift in the most recent Steam Client Beta.
Users who have tested the new mode claim that it shows the client projected on a giant floating screen in front of you, and that head tracking works pretty well.
"As of the most recent Steam Client Beta, Steam now supports an experimental VR mode," Valve's Joe Pudwig said on the Valve Blog. "If you own an Oculus Rift dev kit you can try it out by starting Steam with '-vr' on the command line. Then press the Big Picture button to enter Big Picture + VR mode."
Valve's announcement comes days ahead of the company's Steam Dev Days, scheduled to take place on January 15 and 16th. Valve is expected to show off its own VR hardware during the two day event for developers.
More details on Oculus Rift support via the Steam Client can be found here.