Play VR games and play them easily with SteamVR. The typical games in the Steam library, or the specified VR games – you can play them all on the SteamVR Desktop Theatre Mode which has been unveiled by Valve, and as the name suggests it lets you play any Steam game in VR. Basically, it boils down to putting your games on a simulated screen.
Valve today confirmed that SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode is in early beta. The company would project it for the first time at Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2016 next week. The mode is a bridge that allows games not made for VR to be played inside a virtual environment in a virtual home theater with a huge display. The company says its Desktop Theater Mode will support the HTC Vive and others. Perhaps, it means ‘any headset that SteamVR supports’ which is currently the Vive and Oculus Rift.
Users are expected to make use of the new functionality in a seated mode, play with a keyboard and mouse or controller although the HTC Vive and SteamVR experience are designed for ‘room-scale’ play. Thankfully the platform also supports a seated mode which Valve says will work just as well as room-scale play.
Valve actually talked about SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode years ago, even before the HTC Vive, when they made their first attempts at translating the Steam experience into VR. It seems playing normal games in the SteamVR environment took a back seat until the rest of the experience was honed for VR.
Now that you can play any game you like on your Steam VR, it is a way to switch Steam games without having to repeatedly remove your VR gear – you can keep it on for as long as you are playing games.