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Valve Showing SteamVR Hardware at GDC 2015

Steam VR Hardware at GDC 2015

Valve Will Show New VR Hardware at GDC 2015Image courtesy of GameScribe

Valve Showing SteamVR Hardware at GDC 2015

 

In less than one week, this year's Game Developer's Conference will be kicked off. The GDC is a place where gaming industry professionals can meet up, exchange ideas and, as stated on the official GDC website, 'shape the future of the industry'. Loads of big companies will attend the conference, including Valve. Recently, Valve made a very interesting announcement: they will be showcasing new, unreleased hardware at GDC. This includes Steam Machines with the finished Steam Controller, and, arguably the most interesting: a 'previously unannounced SteamVR hardware system'. You heard it right, Valve is going VR.

 

 Valve To Show New VR Hardware at GDC 2015The Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Prototype

 

Valve already teased that they had made a VR headset, but that it 'probably won't see release'. The people behind the world's biggest digital game distribution platform, Steam, also helped the people of Oculus with the tracking features of the latest Oculus prototype, the Crescent Bay.

Alongside the VR-announcement, Valve also stated they had reached 125 million(!) users on Steam, which is an increase of 25 million people in less than 6 months, as last year in September, the company announced they reached 100 million users. Another interesting fact: Steam now has 4500 games for sale.

Last month, Valve announced that the Steam Controller design had been finalized and that we could expect an unveiling at GDC. It seems they've kept their word on this. The original Steam Controller design featured two trackpads and a touchscreen, but since then it's been revised many times. The latest revision leaked in December, and that showed a more traditional approach, with a d-pad, a single trackpad, an analog stick and the standard controller buttons.

 

Valve To Show New VR Hardware at GDC 2015

 

It seems that VR is becoming more and more popular. Since the Oculus Rift appeared on Kickstarter, more and more companies have introduced their own Virtual Reality headsets, the latest being Valve and Razer with their 'OSVR' (short for Open-Source Virtual Reality), which will be a lower-cost VR headset at $200.

 

Valve To Show New VR Hardware at GDC 2015

 

The Game Developer's Conference will take place from March 2nd until March 6th at the Moscone Convention Center in San Fransisco. Are you excited for Valve's VR headset or their Steam Machines and Steam Controller? Let us know.

 

Join the discussion on Valve's VR Headset To Be Unveiled at GDC 2015 on the OC3D Forums.

 


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