Virtual reality gaming is not new as we have seen the Oculus Rift being heavily used in a variety of video games, although the headset has yet to make its way to the masses. Well now it looks like Valve wants in on the virtual reality action too as the company has announced its Steam Dev Days speakers, and along with that have revealed an event which has been scheduled where the topic is about, “What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years.” Valve’s Mike Abrash will be the one responsible for delivering the content during the event.
According to a description of the event, it reads, “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.”
It is unclear as to how the prototype might look like, but as it stands it looks like the Oculus Rift might have found itself a competitor in Valve. Valve has recently announced SteamOS and Steam Machines, and together with the Steam gaming platform, we can only assume that this virtual reality device will be integrated across the board, giving Valve a head start in terms of supported content. In any case Steam Dev Days will be taking place from the 15-16th of January 2014, so check back with us then for the details.
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