SteamVR Lets Users Add Floating Desktop Windows Inside VR Games

SteamVR now allows users to float and move around desktop views. The update was launched on Friday, the 6th of August, and was part of few exciting new releases.

Floating Desktop Windows

The feature lets people use their favorite apps, even when immersed in Virtual Reality. Valve said that users will also be able to watch YouTube videos on demand.

Although this is not exactly a new feature, the company has been making improvements. Initially, users were only able to glance at apps. As of last Friday, they can now float apps in-game, they pull them from docked views. Users will also be able to span multiple windows, without a scrollbar.

The updated option is available on version 1.19.6 of SteamVR. It is still in beta, however.

Other Exciting Updates

The official site has been inveiling more anticipated updates for quite a while.

As of August the 3rd, users can choose between cartoony hands and the render model of a controller.

Since July, SteamVR quits automatically once people close the app, instead of prompting them to close it.

Also, around this time, apps that don’t support G2 and Cosmos controller bindings got the chance to integrate with Oculus touch bindings, when available.

The Statistics

VR is slowly but surely taking over the world. Statistics show that:

  • Currently, more than 171 million people worldwide use VR.
  • Experts predict that the AR and VR market will reach $209.2 billion by 2022.
  • Demand for standalone VR devices is growing significantly for the past few years – it is up by 16 times for the period from 2018.

Valve also announced that their console SteamDeck is already available for pre-order.

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