Valve-Developed VR Prototype Expected at Steam Dev Days Conference

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It’s not Half-Life 3, but it’s something

Steam Dev Days is a recently announced, two-day developer only conference where devs can meet “in a relaxed, off the record environment.”  At the January 2014 conference, Valve will give attendees the opportunity to go hands-on with Steam OS, prototype Steam Machines, and Steam Controllers. They’ll also have the opportunity to get a first look at Valve’s prototype VR hardware.

Eurogamer noticed that the Steam Dev Days website lists a talk titled: “What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years.” The description of the presentation by Valve Developer Mike Abrash is embedded below.

We wonder how Valve's prototype will stack up against the Oculus Rift.

“We’ve figured out what affordable Virtual Reality (VR) hardware will be capable of within a couple of years, and assembled a prototype which demonstrates that such VR hardware is capable of stunning experiences. This type of hardware is almost certainly going to appear in short order, and the time to starting developing for it is now. This talk will discuss what the hardware is like, and the kinds of experiences it makes possible. A few attendees will be randomly selected to try out the prototype following the talk.”

Abrash has been blogging about VR since last year. There’s also another talk titled: “Virtual Reality and Steam” that mentions Valve’s efforts to “support and promote Virtual Reality (VR) games.”

It's interesting that Valve has gone through the trouble of creating its own VR prototype considering the popularity of the Oculus Rift. Many of Valve's games already have official Oculus Rift support. Coincidentally, Oculus VR Founder Palmer Luckey will also be giving a talk about porting games to VR.

What do you think Valve has planned? Tell us in the comments!

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