Today we are updating SteamVR Home with new content, more ways to customize your home space, built in Steam Audio technology, and more. These features are available by opting into SteamVR Beta
Players can now bring Trophies that represent games from their SteamVR Library into SteamVR Home. These Trophies will upgrade as the player completes achievements and crafts badges for the game. In addition, they give players access to game details and a quick way to launch the game. Players can use these as physical shortcuts, decorate their space and show off their progress in their favorite VR games.
Screenshots and Artwork
Players can now place screenshots and artwork from their favorite games in-world. These can be images the player has uploaded, or popular content from the community. These panels can be spawned from the Things menu in the Content Browser, or from the Community Wall in the default SteamVR Home environment. To adjust the location of a screenshot or art panel, grab the edge with the trigger button. To remove them, use the Multi-Tool.
Players can now place the SteamVR panels (Recent Apps, Friends List, and Rooms List) in any location, and in any environment. This means any environment can be made into a home space with quick access to friends, rooms, and games. Similar to screenshots and artwork, these panels can be spawned from the Things menu in the Content Browser, moved by grabbing the edge, and removed with the Multi-Tool.
Steam Audio is now integrated into SteamVR Home and enabled by default on positional sounds, making it easy to integrate immersive audio into your workshop environments. Steam Audio binaurally renders direct sound using HRTFs to accurately model the direction of a sound source relative to the listener. Players will now get an impression of the height of the sound source, as well as whether the source is in front of or behind them. See the SteamVR developer wiki for more information on adding sounds to your environment.
For this update we've created a new SteamVR Home environment to subscribe to and explore. Visit the Boxing Ring and train on punching bags, lift weights, or compete with the training bot in the ring. See how quickly you can take the training bot down!
We've also updated the SteamVR Home Developer wiki with two new tutorials for creators and creators-to-be:
- Introduction - An overview of the SteamVR Home engine and development tools, for everyone from beginners to veterans.
- Hammer and Basic Lighting - Learn how to construct an an environment from basic geometry and set up simple lighting. The first in a series which will end with a SteamVR Home environment depicting a real place.
In addition to the new features above, we've added a slew of new furniture and increased the visual fidelity of existing props, tools, and furniture. Customizing your home space will be even easier now, as we've improved the way props and furniture are positioned and placed in-world.
We look forward to seeing how you will take advantage of these new features to customize your spaces. Let us know what you think in the discussion boards
.*To opt into SteamVR Beta, find SteamVR under Tools in your Steam Library. Right click to bring up Properties, then select 'beta' from the dropdown in the Betas tab.