The Game Developers Conference is in full swing and we are starting to get a glimpse of what's being shown there. One of the more interesting parts of GDC revolves around what Valve has up its sleeve. Last week, the company said that it would be presenting some new living room devices in addition to its Steam Machines and finalized Steam Controller. Now, the wait is over, as Valve has announced the Steam Link, Source 2, and two new technologies for its VR headset.
Valve just made good on its promise of unveiling a SteamVR hardware system at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Meet Vive, a virtual reality headset powered by Valve’s SteamVR platform and manufactured by Taiwanese company HTC.
Dev kits have reportedly already reached some developers
Rumors of a virtual reality (VR) headset for Microsoft’s Xbox One console first began to swirl in March — around the same time as Sony’s Project Morpheus announcement at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) — but almost ten months later we have yet to see such a head-mounted display (HMD) with our own eyes. However, with Xbox boss Phil Spencer admitting, time and again, to “playing with virtual reality”, we can be certain of one thing: we are not dealing with a piece of vaporware here.
Company is also working on embeddable “mega sensor” for future VR headsets
Palmer Luckey, the creator of the Oculus Rift virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD), recently told GamesIndustry International that VR may not become mainstream for quite some time to come. One of the things currently holding VR back, per Luckey, is the use of traditional controllers, which he feels are far from ideal for VR. However, as we wait for the ideal VR input to materialize, the list of controller alternatives for VR aficionados to experiment with keeps on growing. The latest addition to it is the Leap Motion Controller.