The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is just about the most exciting gadget in tech right now. It promises to revolutionise the way we game and was pretty much our favourite gadget at this year's CES. And it seems it's now making another important step forward today, with PC gaming giants Valve showing it some love.

As Valve prepares to kick off its Steam Dev Days event (where it will show off its own virtual reality SDK, aiming to standardise VR game control interfaces), it has launched a beta called SteamVR -- a new way of interacting with the company's Steam client while using the Oculus Rift headset.

Valve programmer Joe Ludwig has stated that anyone with a developer model of the Oculus Rift headset can give it a go today, allowing users to try out Steam's gamepad-friendly Big Picture mode as if it were floating in front of their eyes, with head tracking included. And it seems to work well.

"It looks pretty good," said Reddit user Cunningcory. "It's a giant floating curved screen in front of you. Head tracking works fine. Everything is big enough to read that I've look [sic] at so far. Don't try it for too long though – there seems to be a bit of lag in the tracking."

It's got the hardware nearly sorted, and it now looks as though it's becoming fast-friends with the makers of the biggest PC gaming platform on the planet. Now lets just get this thing into shops already, huh? [Road to VR via TechRadar]