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This article was published on April 5, 2016

Play any Steam game in a VR theater with HTC Vive

Play any Steam game in a VR theater with HTC Vive
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Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.

Although we’re just at the precipice of meaningful VR content, there are ways to bridge the gap as an early adopter. If you’re the lucky, proud owner (or soon-to-be-owner) of an HTC Vive, you can now access your entire steam library and play it within a minimalist theater.

Announced last month and released in beta a few weeks ago, owners of the Vive will automatically be asked whether they would like to launch their games in “Theater Mode” — which then projects the game onto a wide screen.

The space itself is minimal, and you’re not going to get much beyond the convenience of a more immersive and larger play experience. But being in a big room for gaming, even virtually, has the tendency to set the mood.

And it seems that HTC’s partner, Valve, isn’t done yet with the feature, either. In a video teased today, a match in ‘Dota 2’ shows of an interactive spectator’s theater, complete with lifesized versions of the heroes on each team, a real-time map and interactive stats.

This feature is a small one that makes a big impact, both in supplementing the still-growing VR content pool and showing off the device’s diverse play experiences.

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