Steam VR adds support for watching 360 degree videos in beta

Valve is expanding its support for more virtual reality content in its Steam VR platform beyond just playing games. This week, the company announced that the Steam 360 Video Player has been added to Steam VR in a beta version, allowing headsets that support the platform to view 360 degree videos.

The new video player uses the Pixvana SPIN Studio technology. This should allow any headset with Steam VR support to play 360 degree videos without the need to run a separate application. Steam VR is used in a number of headsets, including the HTC Vive and the Razer OSVR. LG is also working on a headset that supports Steam VR as well for a launch later this year.

The Steam download store already has a small number of 360 degree videos for Steam VR users to try out. That includes the recently released Alien Covenant: In Utero, the very frightening two minute clip that shows just how the chestburster from the Alien series of movies is born from the inside of a human being. It’s not a pretty sight.

Valve says it is working on at least three VR-exclusive game projects, but so far details about these games have yet to be released.


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