It wasn’t long after Microsoft launched the Windows Mixed Reality headset system that the company integrated Valve’s SteamVR platform, allowing users access to more content. When that arrived in November 2017 it was only in a beta form, today however Microsoft has now confirmed integration will be leaving its ‘early access’ phase with the latest Windows April 2018 update.
In a blog posting today, Microsoft has detailed that not only is full SteamVR compatibility on its way but also that it’s “improved our integration with haptic motion controller feedback.” So any of those virtual reality (VR) titles you’ve been playing that seemed to have weak or none existent haptic feedback should now be noticeable.
Also on the mixed reality (MR) headset front, the company has now ensured it’s easier to take photos of your favourite mixed reality experiences, all you need to do is hold the Windows button and tap the trigger. Additionally, for those who love their personal VR space, it’s now simpler to personalise and manipulate content inside of Cliff House, or choose the new location Skyloft to make your own.
If you don’t have one of the Windows Mixed Reality headsets from Dell, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Acer or Asus, you can still get in on the MR fun with animations in Mixed Reality Viewer. Using the Remix 3D button you can find animated objects that can then be dropped into your video, or find one click animations to make static 3D objects come to life.
While Microsoft states that the update is available today that’s only partially true. If you’re an advanced PC user and know what you’re doing then you can manually check for updates which should add the update right away. Generally Windows will actually do this anyway, it just takes a bit longer with a worldwide user roll-out from 8th May onwards.
The lineup of videogames has for Windows Mixed Reality headsets has steadily improved in recent months, with the likes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR now available plus new titles such as Beat Saber on their way. As further updates are released, VRFocus will keep you informed.