Valve partnered up with a number of developers to allow virtual reality gamers to unlock various collectibles for the SteamVR home space. Whether you’re shooting drone bots in Space Pirate Trainer, completing robotic tasks in Job Simulator or punching glowing orbs in Audioshield, you can now unlock various items for your personal VR space.
One of the biggest additions to Valve’s SteamVR platform in recent months was the creation of customizable home spaces. Borrowing ideas from Oculus Home and adding a new layer of customization, SteamVR Home opened up many options for users who wanted their own personal space within the virtual realm. Now they can decorate it with objects from their favorite games too.
To get you started, Valve unlocked accessories for gamers who have spent a few hours in a variety of games. The full list includes the aforementioned titles, as well as Fantastic Contraption, The Gallery — Episode 1, Arizona Sunshine, Onward, AirMech Command, Serious Sam: The Last Hope, Hover Junkers, The Lab, and Dota 2.
Collectibles we can see in the promotional image Valve released include an office mug, a pin cat model, a robotic figure and more. The early response from commentators appears to be overwhelmingly positive, so if developers are keen to see their games represented in gamers’ VR personal spaces, this is likely to be a feature that is expanded in the months to come.
Valve says there are more trinkets in the works.
“We think Collectibles will be a fun way for players to show their love for a game — whether it be by decorating their place or by modifying their avatar,” Valve said in its announcement post. “This first wave is just the beginning and we’re excited to see where this will lead.”
It is, however, looking for feedback on the feature, so feel free to let it know what you think in the SteamVR discussion boards.
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