Valve Software, a company based in Seattle which operates Steam, the popular online game market, is entering the world of virtual reality gaming with SteamVR. This virtual reality system has been developed by Valve and will be displayed at the yearly Game Developers Conference next week. The company is urging developers to sign up so that they can try the SteamVR at the GDC and are also “actively seeking VR content creators.” The company announced the launch of the VR system in an official blog post.
Demo of SteamVR and More
According to the blog post of the company, “Steam is bringing the best games and user-generated content to exciting new destinations. At GDC 2015, we’ll be giving demos of the refined Steam Controller, new living room devices, and a previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system.”
The last year, Valve did not reveal much about its plans for Steam. The company unveiled SteamOS, a specialized gaming-oriented OS in September 2013 with focus on taking out PC gaming from the restricted use of keyboard and mouse. For that, the Valve designed its own controller and the Linux-based operating system. The company teamed with different PC game makers like CyberPowerPC and AlienWare so that dedicated living room hardware could be created. The company also designed its brand of console-style devices which could help in living room gaming and named them Steam Machines.
Even after Valve shipped 300 prototype of Steam Machines to beta testers in May, the release date was pushed back. A second Steam-focused developer conference was also not hosted by the company and they did not even demonstrate their product at the Consumer Electronics Show this year.
2015- The Year of VR
Virtual reality has already been in the market for some years now, but 2015 can be considered as the year of VR; with this technology expected to go mainstream. High-profile products will become available to the consumers and media companies will start using virtual reality for live music performances, filmmaking and sports. It is expected that by the end of this year, companies like Sony, Facebook and Samsung will have completely developed hardware on the market. Meanwhile Microsoft and Google are both working on augmented reality projects where 3D images are overlaid on real world.
At the GDC, which will be held from 2nd March, 2015 in San Francisco, Sony’s Project Morpheus VR and Oculus VR will also be displayed.
It seems that Valve is ready to face its competitors with new hardware prototypes and a finalized controller design at the GDC and the larger and more popular Electronic Entertainment Expo scheduled on June.
So, once the SteamVR releases, it will be clear whether it can give competition to the likes of Oculus VR, Samsung Gear VR and others.
Do you think SteamVR will be able to provide tough competition to the other VR systems? Will you be trying out the SteamVR? Share your views in the comments below.
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