Valve to showcase their own virtual reality tech in January

Valve virtual reality goggles

By on November 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

It looks like Valve’s upcoming Steam Developer Conference will also mark the first semi-public unveiling of the company’s virtual reality tech.

An updated description on the event’s website reveals that Valve’s Mike Abrash will be delivering a talk titled “What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years”.

The synopsis claims that “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.”

Interesting stuff. Unfortunately, press are barred from the event so we’ll be able to tell you more… some… time. Eventually. Maybe. That picture above, by the way, is from when the New York Times visited Valve’s office and tried out their VR tech.

Source: VG247

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Bandwagoning Oculus Rift publicity? As far as I know the only good headset to come out is the OR; the Sony one wasn’t that great among the others I’ve heard about.

 

rapid101:
As far as I know the only good headset to come out is the OR

and therefore VR will never be improved upon

 

Valve have been experimenting with VR even before the Oculus Rift went to kickstarter. The time is right for VR to go mainstream now, and the rift has been instrumental in showing that. However the fact that they have chosen to reveal it at the dev conference, which is closed to the press indicates that valve aren’t really ‘bandwagoning the Oculus Rift publicity’.

 

rapid101,

Ahh rapid101′s legendary hate for Valve shows itself again. I’m guessing if EA deciding to bring out VR hardware theirs would be awesomesauceness and in no way jumping on OR’s bandwagon of popularity?

 

kinkykel,

What would really mess with poor rapid’s head would be Valve and EA in a partnership working on a VR device. It would be “do I hate it with a passion or love it like it’s mana from heaven? OMG what do I do? Where’s my financial reports?”

 

Bring on the competition!

 

If you are interested in this.
Ben Krasnow is one of the engineers working for Valve on their VR

In one of his latest videos, he mentioned he will talk about the work he has been doing at valve (possible before this conference takes place) – In the video where he converted a weight scale into a controller

 

kinkykel:

Ahh rapid101′s legendary hate for Valve shows itself again. I’m guessing if EA deciding to bring out VR hardware theirs would be awesomesauceness and in no way jumping on OR’s bandwagon of popularity?

But Kel, how can you make those claims without reading EA’s 2013 financial report?

EDIT: Bah! Beaten :P

 

Oculus Rift, Valve VR and Sony PS4 VR. These are good times indeed!

 

vcatkiller: Where’s my financial reports?”

matty: But Kel, how can you make those claims without reading EA’s 2013 financial report?

EDIT: Bah! Beaten :P

I laughed far harder than i should have

 
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