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SteamVR Now Supports Linux


The VR industry has seen a large growth in popularity last year. All major tech companies saw this as an opportunity to capitalize on an untouched market. This is why companies such as the Facebook owned Oculus Rift, HTC, Sony and Valve decided to launch their own VR headsets to fill in the demand. Even though the VR market is filled with many headset offerings, one of them stands out the most. We are talking about SteamVR.

SteamVR Now Supports Linux

Even though SteamVR is an all round high quality headset, it has one downside. The device is only supported by Microsoft’s Windows. This shouldn’t surprise anyone because at its core, Steam is a PC game library. Steam’s customer base was quite upset with the fact that only Windows users were able to use this device. Now it looks like Steam listened to its feedback because SteamVR will now support Linux.

Linux developers should be happy to know that they now have access to SteamVR in GitHub. Steam’s main purpose right now is to have Linux developers create VR content for the platform. Worth mentioning is that Linux developers will only be provided with a limited amount of hardware support. This will certainly change during the upcoming future.

How To Get Access To SteamVR GitHub

In order to be able to create Linux VR content, interested developers must download the latest version of Steam beta. As everyone knows by now, SteamVR has been built around Vulkan API therefore developers will also need to download NVIDIA or AMD’s latest drivers.

Valve Releases Tracking Technology

The best thing about SteamVR is its tracking technology. All VR developers were allowed to use it but for a price. Now, Steam has decided to make this technology free to use. This means that VR developers will no longer be required to pay the hefty amount of $3,000 to get access to it. Although, Valve announced that tracking courses are still available for anyone that’s interested. Nonetheless, it’s great seeing that Valve is looking to expand its horizons and allow developers to use its technology for free.