From very early on, the SteamVR dashboard had adapted Steam’s ‘Big Picture’ mode which was designed for use on big screen TV’s rather than in VR. As it wasn’t made with VR in mind, much of its functionality is clunky and some of it borderline broken. Now, SteamVR is getting a dashboard overhaul which is ditching Big Picture.

Update (March 3rd, 2020): Valve today released SteamVR 1.10 to the public branch, bringing the new dashboard and a range of other improvements to all users.

Since the initial introduction of the new dashboard in SteamVR beta 1.10.9, Valve has made additional tweaks and improvements, including adjusting the shape for readability, improving layout, making it easier to adjust volume, and making some performance improvements. There’s also now an option to move SteamVR settings into their own dashboard page (for those who make regular tweaks) Further, the SteamVR Desktop view (which lets you see your desktop monitors in VR) saw additional improvements for better usability, quality, and stability.

You can see the complete list of improvements, changes, and fixes here.

Despite the public rollout of the new dashboard, there’s still several places where you can get kicked back to the old Big Picture view, though we expect Valve will continue to build out the new dashboard to reduce reliance on Big Picture over time.

The original article, which covers the initial beta release of the SteamVR dashboard, continues below.

Original Article (February 5th, 2020): Valve has been making steady improvements to the SteamVR interface over the last year or so. Back in December the company rolled out an overhaul of the platform’s Settings interface, and before that it addressed longstanding audio routing annoyances.

Now the SteamVR dashboard interface itself is getting an overhaul; the first fruits of that work have been released in the SteamVR Beta v1.10.9. If you’d like to preview the update, here’s how:

Opt into SteamVR Beta

  • In your Steam games list, right-click on SteamVR > Properties > Select the ‘Betas’ tab
  • In the drop down list, select ‘SteamVR Beta Update’
  • Allow SteamVR to update

Opt into Steam Beta

  • In the main Steam window, click the ‘Steam’ drop-down at the top left > Settings > Select the ‘Account’ tab
  • In the ‘Beta participation’ section, click ‘Change’, in the drop-down list select ‘Steam Beta Update’
  • Steam may prompt you to restart to install the update

The new SteamVR dashboard is very simple in this beta release, offering a look at your four most recently played titles, as well as a scrollable list of other titles in your Library.

Photo by Road to VRWhile the dashboard moves away from Big Picture, it hasn’t yet replaced it completely; clicking the ‘Browse All’ button at the top right will drop you back into the familiar Big Picture interface.

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There’s also a Store section in the new dashboard which shows three scrollable sections for now: ‘Top Singleplayer’, Top Multiplayer’, and ‘Top Free’.

Photo by Road to VR

When there’s an active game, the SteamVR dashboard offers up game-specific buttons for controller bindings and video settings which helpfully take you directly to the game-specific settings (rather than making you scroll through a list to find the specific title).

Photo by Road to VR

There’s still a lot of missing functionality in the new dashboard (notably any sort of Friends list), and a handful of places where you’ll get dumped back to the Big Picture interface for the time being. However, we expect to see Valve continue to build out the new interface to encompass more and more of the core functionality, and with time we hope to see a more mature interface design that doesn’t rely so much on scrolling.

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    • benz145

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  • manhunt0r

    this kills the advanced menu addon which gave us manual height settings. fuck that very much.

    • Gonzax

      Are you sure it doesn’t allow other apps like Advanced Settings or Revive? With the last update you had to enable them in the options.

  • ale bro

    The only problem with the new update is that I would like the options to make the dashboard bigger and to adjust transparency

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  • Lulu Vi Britannia

    Great news. The interface is one of the biggest issues of SteamVR. It’s a bit late, but it’s better than never.

  • DaMu

    Clickbait. Big Picture Mode is still there.

    • kuhpunkt

      Dafuq.

    • benz145

      This is the first beta release; it’s clear they’re moving away from Big Picture but not all the functionality has been replaced yet.

      Only so much room for a headline, there’s another 450 more words in the article which explain, including:

      There’s still a lot of missing functionality in the new dashboard (notably any sort of Friends list), and a handful of places where you’ll get dumped back to the Big Picture interface for the time being. However, we expect to see Valve continue to build out the new interface to encompass more and more of the core functionality, and with time we hope to see a more mature interface design that doesn’t rely so much on scrolling.

  • Gonzax

    Good news, all improvements are welcome. Now please give us a decent view of the desktop in VR, it’s totally useless right now if you have 2 monitors, at least I can’t click or interact with anything.

    • dogtato

      Does it show them on different “tabs” for you? They added that fairly recently which makes it much easier to view the screen. I’ve had the same trouble with interacting but recently it has worked fine.

      • Gonzax

        Are you on the Beta or general release?? I saw the two tabs when the last update was out but then, don’t ask me why, never saw them again, I only see one and I just can’t interact with anything. The only thing that’s changed is that I installed FpsVR, perhaps that altered something, I don’t know, I’ll have to do some testing or maybe move to the Beat release and see if that fixes it.

        • dogtato

          pretty sure i’m on beta for steamvr, not sure about steam

    • NooYawker

      Weird, It works for me, there should be a desktop1 and desktop 2 button. And i can interact with the desktops as well.

      • Gonzax

        Then something’s wrong on my end because I don’t see the two tabs anymore, only one.

  • Ad

    This isn’t a replacement, it is a front end on the front end. Big Picture mode is unfortunately 95% still there and needed for anything but recent games. Also I still can’t add non-steam virtual reality games even if I check the box.

  • I see Stormland in there. Someone here has Revive installed!

  • Tailgun

    What I’d really like is what I already have on my Steam desktop client: all my 48 games (about 42 of which are VR titles) arranged into subcategory folders. I really hate scrolling through that whole mass of titles when my desktop has Adventure, Horror, Sim, Party Games, Cinematic Experiences, VR 101, Social, etc. all nicely sorted.

  • Andrew Jakobs

    mwa, the only thing I have a problem with with the current UI is scrolling (using the vive wands), with a very big library as I have it tends to sprint through the selection so you cannot just slowly scroll through the list. Also I hate it that when I select a game I get into a screen without any description of the game, I always have to go back and select th other screen where I then can select the storepage to check what game it actually is. I still think the game landing page should be much more like the storepage itself so you can actually see which game it is.

  • Greyl

    Oculus Rift’s UI is still much better, but this is a nice improvement.

  • Cool! But I’m more intrigued by Valve teasing a SteamVR 2.0 for this year…

  • MeowMix

    Kinda looks like the Oculus Home UI

  • impurekind

    About time they started cleaning this up.

  • They’re preparing for Alyx!

  • JesuSaveSouls

    The dashboard making exiting and starting new games much better and with a gamepad now you can navigate too without the motion controls.

  • Andrew Jakobs

    Hmmm.. had to use it last week but I’m not really convinced..