Valve is releasing initial support for the current 1.0.9 OpenXR release now, to enable developers to begin work implementing OpenXR applications that work with SteamVR. This initial support means that SteamVR is currently passing 95% of conformance tests, and Valve now sees this as the time to start testing. The company added though that it is not yet enabled for broad general use.
OpenXR is an open, royalty-free standard for access to virtual reality and augmented reality platforms and devices. It is developed by a working group managed by the Khronos Group. The working group consists of several company members, including: AMD, ARM, Epic, Facebook, Google, HTC, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Unity, Valve, and many more. Through the group’s efforts, it means that VR now has a consolidated API to enable developers to bring universal VR support to their applications, according to Valve.
OpenXR essentially enables developers to build content in a way that will allow them to span the myriad types of hardware and software platforms, something that Valve believes is “an extremely important and exciting step forward for the VR industry.”
For developers wishing to get access to the OpenXR Developer Preview, opt-in to the SteamVR Beta:
- Right click on SteamVR in the Steam library and select Properties
- Click on the Betas tab
- Pick “beta – SteamVR Beta Update” from the list
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