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OpenVR is a software development kit and application programming interface developed by Valve for supporting the SteamVR (HTC Vive)[1][2] and other virtual reality headset devices.[3][4] Valve has announced that they will be cooperating with the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) project,[5] although the extent of the cooperation is unclear.[6]

See also[edit]

  • OSVR, an open-source library with similar goals by Sensics, Razer and a community of partners and contributors
  • OpenXR, an open, royalty-free standard for access to virtual reality and augmented reality platforms and devices


  1. ^ Alex Wawro. "Gamasutra - Valve launches new OpenVR SDK to expand SteamVR development".
  2. ^ Peter Smith (1 May 2015). "Valve releases OpenVR SDK to the masses, says there's still time to apply for a free HTC Vive Development unit". ITworld.
  3. ^ Road to VR. "Making Valve's OpenVR Truly Inclusive for VR Headsets - Road to VR". Road to VR.
  4. ^ "Valve launches OpenVR dev kit for virtual reality hardware makers - GamesBeat - Games - by Dean Takahashi". VentureBeat.
  5. ^ Matt Porter (19 May 2015). "Valve's OpenVR Signs Up to Razer's Virtual Reality Standard". IGN.
  6. ^ Peter Smith (19 May 2015). "Report: Valve OpenVR joins OSVR (open source virtual reality) initiative". ITworld.

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