VR in Linux working!

2017-02-23

This week Valve released the beta for their SteamVR on Linux. It’s not quite ready for general consumption yet, but with a little bit of effort I was able to get it working on my Arch Linux install. At launch there appear to only be two functional applications, Destinations and DOTA2 (spectator). I’ve tested both, and it’s working well, although it’s definitely a first pass. Performance was passable, but still needs a lot of work.

I’m really excited about this finally coming to market. I’ve been disappointed in Valves overall support of Linux, they are still treating it as a second class citizen, and developers/publishers have more or less followed suit. Part of the delay has been waiting for Vulkan to get it’s hooks into the industry to better support cross platform tech; the closer we get to Vulkan adoption, the more likely we are to see Linux support from a broader range of companies. I remain hopeful, yet wary.

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