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HTC Vive Plans Linux/SteamOS Support For Day 1

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Good news VR fans, it seems the HTC Vive plans to have Linux/SteamOS support included for day 1 at release.

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QuoteRight now the plan is PC or Windows, Linux and Mac.


I still say it now, I still think VR is a fad, but I haven't had a chance to try any of the units going around and will reserve my final judgement for actually using one.

If HTC stick to their word, I will grab a Vive at release to write it up. It would be a bit silly for Steam Machines to release without support of Valve and HTC's VR device. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Pecisk 12 August 2015 at 8:51 am UTC
To be fair, he kinda didn't said there won't be delay for Mac/Linux, but company clearly don't shy from saying loud that it will support these systems. So I am still not convinced there won't be delays, but it plays very little as long as they have clear follow up about it soon.
Eike 12 August 2015 at 8:52 am UTC
I'm happy when/if my article is proven wrong!

I still think VR can sell systems. If Valve comes out first with a decent VR system and Linux/SteamOS/Steam Machines are supported on day 1, this should help selling.

"What has this Steam Machine console which my console / other consoles don't"?
"1500 games at day one - and VR!"


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fizzgig 12 August 2015 at 9:55 am UTC
I had the opportunity to try Oculus Rifts first and second developer version and I must say that I was impressed. You have to try it for yourself to understand what could be possible with this technology.

I would buy one of this units for my Steam Machine.
Sabun 12 August 2015 at 9:55 am UTC
I've only had the liberty of playing with an Occulus Rift (DK2) + Leapmotion for a short while, but if you tried it Liam I think you'd actually really enjoy it.

This is coming from someone who wears glasses and generally dislikes things on his head.

The immersion is on a different level than anything in the past!
Aryvandaar 12 August 2015 at 9:57 am UTC
I've tried several types of VR. They're great for first-person games, makes it really immersive. Though, from what I gather, immersion is something that almost only fans of story-driven RPG and Adventure games truly set up high.

I've tried some horror games with Oculus VR, Outlast, Alien Isolation, and some tech demos we had at my former work place. It's not something you get the most of playing FPS games or RTS games..


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pd12 12 August 2015 at 10:18 am UTC
I don't think it's a fad, although I think it needs to be well made to work well. I've only tried Oculus DK1 though, and Google Cardboard (lol).
DK1 was too pixelated, so I'll definitely try before buying, but I'm excited about the Vive. (especially with Lighthouse!)
BillNyeTheBlackGuy 12 August 2015 at 10:32 am UTC
You think it's a fad, but you never tried it? Sigh, I'm not surprised.
Keyrock 12 August 2015 at 11:28 am UTC
I'm down to try VR, but, as with any new technology, I think it's smart to skip the first iteration or two. I'll let it mature for a couple of years and scoop up a better quality unit for less once they've worked the kinks out.
OZSeaford 12 August 2015 at 12:27 pm UTC
Well, for me that is one of the must buy accessories for next year, if it supports Linux.

VR may be considered a fad for some, but it is one that one should definitely experience.

I was previously vying for the Oculus, but since the FB acquisition, it became quite a lacklustre proposition, in my eyes anyway, I should have guessed it would not be great when Mr. Doom joined up... Just joking of course, wishing all the best to their CTO.

What I am hoping is that the Vive will not require too much room to operate, as my gaming space is quite small (I live in the UK where space is the ultimate luxury).
Liam Dawe 12 August 2015 at 3:29 pm UTC
BillNyeTheBlackGuyYou think it's a fad, but you never tried it? Sigh, I'm not surprised.

So? The very idea of strapping something to my head doesn't sound appealing, not to mention the price tags, they won't be cheap.
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