Virtual reality technology is set to finally hit the consumer market this year and as you would imagine, a lot of work is being done on the software side to ensure that there will actually be games to play when the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive hit this year. Now developers working with the Unity engine can work on VR games as the engine now natively supports Valve’s SteamVR technology.
This is actually a pretty big deal as millions of developers use the Unity 5 engine so having freely available tools to work with SteamVR opens up a lot of doors.
Valve’s Gabe Newell even had some good things to say about the Unity engine in a press release: “We made many of our Vive demos using Unity, and continue to use it today in VR development. Through that process, and in working with VR developers, we found some opportunities to make Unity even more robust and powerful for us and really want to share those benefits with all VR content creators.”
Valve has been doing a lot behind the scenes to help developers get into SteamVR, which is further proved by this partnership with Unity. The company also recently held an event to showcase ten upcoming SteamVR games.
KitGuru Says: SteamVR titles will launch alongside the HTC Vive in April and it seems that Valve is doing a lot on its side to ensure development support for the headset.