Well, this is just grand! Microsoft amped up the excitement levels to eleven by announcing that the upcoming Windows Mixed Reality headsets will feature support for Steam content.
In other words, these new affordable units would be able to run games that are available on the popular Steam platform — as long as they have been designed with virtual reality in mind. In other words, titles that come with support for SteamVR.
As Microsoft put it, Steam is a great source of engaging content, and it only made sense to bring it to these mixed reality headsets:
“Virtual reality enthusiasts know that Steam is a great place to enjoy cutting edge immersive experiences. We can’t wait to bring their content to you.”
Greg Sullivan of Microsoft stated that the implementation of SteamVR is going to take additional time, and though he did not have a release date to share, we are probably looking at months here. And that’s because development on this has just begun.
We might even be looking at waiting until next year, depending on how much testing is need. Hopefully, either Microsoft or Valve provide us with an update on this soon.
In the meantime, here’s a teaser of what you can expect from these mixed reality headsets:
Redmond, nevertheless, has several games and experiences lined up on the Windows Store for these upcoming headsets. None of them are blockbusters, by any stretch of the imagination, but the company has partnered up with content providers like Hulu, Sony and many others on this front.
And it also has 343 Industries working to bring Halo into the fold, with Microsoft confirming, in a carefully worded statement, that it plans to bring future Halo experiences into mixed reality.
As far as Steam support goes, however, it looks like we have a bit of a wait on our hands.