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Type Virtual Reality
Subtype Head-mounted display, SDK
Developer Valve
Operating System Windows, Mac, Linux
Devices Any
Release Date April 30, 2015
See also: SteamVR

OpenVR is a Virtual Reality Software SDK developed by Valve. OpenVR API allows an app to interact with various VR Devices without relying on a specific device's SDK.

Currently it only works with SteamVR's runtime.


  • Developers can create any applications for OpenVR. The SDK is distributed on a licence with no content restriction or any kind of gatekeepers. There is no certification process for OpenVR apps.[1]
  • OpenVR apps are not required to be distributed on Steam. Developers can distribute their apps on any channel.[1]
  • Lower barrier to entry for new hardware. Manufactures can create any hardware they want for OpenVR without Valve's explicit permission. OpenVR allows existing apps to run on new hardware without any modifications.[1]
  • OpenVR apps are future proof. OpenVR runtime updates without any application changes. Apps do not need to be modified to support new hardware or software updates.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4

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