For a company that’s been dragging its heels on Half-Life 3, Valve has been surprisingly busy in the last few months with improvements to Steam, its digital distribution service for games.
From letting you check your frame rate in-game to broadcasting functionality, there have been a host of additions to Steam.
While these have been software enhancements to the service, the company has announced on its blog a virtual reality (VR) hardware system to be showcased at the Game Developers Conference 2015 (GDC 2015) in San Francisco next month.
Dubbed as SteamVR, there are no details on the hardware barring the name. Nonetheless, the company outlined its plans to seek out content creators for SteamVR, asking developers and publishers to check out the company’s demos at GDC 2015.
And though details on what the Seattle-based company’s plans are for virtual reality are scant, it made a mention of a “refined Steam Controller”, and “new living room devices” possibly implying the firm’s long awaited gaming PCs labelled as Steam Machines.
This isn’t Valve’s first foray into virtual reality. Last year, it showed off VR hardware at the Boston Game Jam to developers according to Reddit user jonomf. The fact that this latest announcement has dubbed SteamVR as “previously-unannounced” leads us to believe that it’s something completely different.
Nonetheless, you can expect more details around GDC 2015 from March 4 to 6, at Moscone Center in San Francisco.
[source : gadgets.ndtv.com]