SteamVR Dashboard Update Brings Individual Windows Focus and Controller Docking
SteamVR’s latest beta update, version 1.17.7, brings improvements in how users use their PC desktop in virtual reality via the SteamVR dashboard. It has upgraded to a new window-to-controller docking feature and that allows users to position the window anywhere aro9und their controller.
Users are now able to choose how they display specific applications rather than their entire desktop. Users can also dock window views to their controllers and this will persist inside their virtual reality application.
SteamVR’s dashboard interface now also provides support for more individual windows. Before, this maxed out at four windows. Users are now able to scroll the list of windows to have more than four individual windows.
The Version 1.17.2 Update
SteamVR already supported users’ ability to conveniently view and interact with their PC desktop via a SteamVR dashboard.
The previous version 1.17.2 beta update added new simple and powerful features including individual windows to the SteamVR dashboard, for the first time. This enables users to juggle multiple monitors. The update also allowed virtual desktop views to be docked to the left or right controller which allows the window to persist inside the VR application even if the user closed the SteamVR dashboard. This comes in handy when you are making background applications such as chat and video feeds easily viewable when inside the virtual reality headset. Users can also interact with the application attached to their hand via a virtual pointer (with the dashboard open).
In our previous article, we reported that the new SteamVR dashboard functionality could do with additional virtual desktop views. Version 1.17.2 allowed a maximum of just four virtual desktop views with the additional views not having room to appear as a new button. The SteamVR beta update 1.17.7 now takes care of this and accommodates more views simultaneously.