A Linux gamer, PyGuy, has recently uploaded a video on youtube to demonstrate how things work with SteamVR on Linux so far, using Serious Sam VR to show what the system is capable of. First, it’s not plug and play at the moment, since you need to install some development drivers and specific udev rules for things to work, but once you get there, it seems like it works pretty much as expected.
PyGuy did report that there were several crashes on Serious Sam, as well as some issues with the camera tracking at some point. As for Serious Sam VR, you don’t walk around just like you would expect in a typical FPS, but you teleport yourself in short distances. It feels a little weird to play a FPS this way, but I guess that’s the best you can do with a game that was never made for VR in the first place.
As PyGuy mentioned, there’s not really any point in purchasing the HTC Vive at this stage, since there’s very, very few games one can play on Linux. It’s probably better to wait for it to come out of beta, and wait for more ports to be available. Cool progress nonetheless.
You might want to check out the following articles too!
BoilingSteam lets you access our content for free, but writing articles is a constant investment. We don't use ads or sponsporship, help us make our activities sustainable by donating via Patreon or LiberaPay if you prefer it anonymous. You can follow what we do via our newsletter, our RSS feed, our Mastodon profile or our Twitter feed. We also have Peertube, Youtube and LBRY channels. If you'd like to chat, you can also find us on #boilingsteam:matrix.org. (what is Matrix?)