The Steam 360 Video Player allows SteamVR compatible VR headsets to playback Steam 360 Video content that can be found on the Steam Store.
Recent Reviews:
Mixed - 54% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (35) - 65% of the 35 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date:
May 10, 2017

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Notice: Requires a virtual reality headset. See the VR Support section for more info.

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July 7

360 Video Player Update (Build #1945381)

Fixes in this build (#1945381):
  • Steam 360 Videos can now be viewed without a VR HMD. This build is a first attempt at it, but it still needs more work. If SteamVR is not installed, the 360 video window will start up and you can use the mouse to control the view. Left-click and drag to move the camera around. Right-click to hide the help and analytics information.
  • Oculus Touch is now properly supported. Inside the HMD, the transport UI will appear above an active touch controller. Use the thumbstick to play/pause (push up), seek (left/right), stop (down), change quality (pull a trigger and push up/down, or push right to reset to auto).
  • Gamepads are now properly supported. Same controls as the Oculus touch controllers.
  • Updated the network code to request more data less often to help reduce issues with latency.
  • On-screen network analytics - you can now see in the app window the amount of data we are requesting, how long it takes to get it, etc. Hopefully we can use this data to better identify when their are network issues with the player.
  • Fix a hard-lock that could occur when watching FOVAS based videos

Next build should have support for Stereo FOVAS (so lower bandwidth requirements for stereo videos), and we are working toward Spatial audio support.

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June 2

360 Video Player Update (Build #1864698)

Fixes in this build (#1864698):
  • Most UI is now moved into the HMD view. The video name, quality level, 360 format, status messages, buffering indicator, etc. are all displayed either above the Vive controller, or at the "front" of the video so it's easy to know what's going on.
  • Quality level can now be adjusted from the Vive controller. Pull the trigger and you'll be shown the current quality level. Then push up or down to change to a different quality level. Press right (the A in a circle) and the video will go back to Automatic quality mode.
  • Buffering, Seeking, Quality level changes, etc., will now all show a buffering indicator so you know what's going on.
  • If turning on the Vive controller after video playback has started, the UI should switch to the controller properly.
  • Some more network performance data is now being collected and sent back during playback so we can get a better idea of network performance, resolutions, etc.
  • The latest Steam Client has an updated message when the video player is not installed to help users find and install the tool quicker.

Some of the Vive specific controller functions may work on Oculus touch but the UI hasn't been moved over to work with that yet. YMMV.

Some upcoming work includes Spatial audio support and Stereo Frustum (lower bandwidth requirements but higher quality streams). Other things such as mouse interaction, Win7 support, etc. are still on the agenda to get done.

Also new content is coming soon... we are working with more partners and preparing their content for publishing on Steam. Expect to see new videos to watch in the next few weeks.

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About This Software

The Steam 360 Video Player allows SteamVR compatible VR headsets to playback Steam 360 Video content that can be found on the Steam Store. Once installed, you can find 360 videos on the Steam store.

The Steam 360 Video Player is currently in Beta. More information about the 360 Video Beta can be found here.

Update: An early test for Non-HMD playback is now available in the build released 7/7/2017.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10, 64-bit Only
    • Processor: Intel® i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or better
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Bandwidth requirements depend on the resolution and quality of the video being played. Please see the Steam 360 Video FAQ for more information.
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