It's been a while since we have heard anything about Valve efforts to dip its toes into the virtual reality hardware market, but it seems that the wait may very soon be over. At GDC 2015 between March fourth and sixth they have officially announced that they will be showing off a, “previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system” along with the refined Steam Controller and new living room devices.
It's been a long time coming this VR hardware, it was first going to be shown back in 2013, then last year one of the big names behind it moved over to work with Michael Abrash on the Facebook owned Oculus Rift. While the demos shown off at GDC will only be shown to other developers in private there is a chance that Valve will also have some demos for the rest of us, or failing that there might be some leaks so we know what they are up to.
While I think it's still too much to ask of Valve to be showing off these demos on the next version of the Source engine, we really have no idea what demos they have lined up for the lucky developers who are going to be attending. Maybe they will even get to see Half-Life 3…D.
Unfortunately we don't have any idea what the SteamVR hardware looks like, as the announcement posted no pictures of any new devices. Maybe it will be something along the lines of the newly announced Microsoft Hololens, or more traditional VR along the lines of the Oculus Rift which has yet to come to market with their DK2 model which has still not been released to the general public, despite only being months away from doing so towards the end of 2014.
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KitGuru Says: Considering the massive disappointment of Valves Steam Machines and their Steam Controller so far I won't be holding my breath for SteamVR, especially as they are only just showing it to other developers now. That probably means that for now even if it was released it would only work on Valve games. Give it a few years though and hopefully the VR marketplace will explode! Are you looking forward to it, do you like explosions?