It has been revealed that Valve, the developer behind popular videogame series such as Half-Life and Portal, has adapted its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Dota 2 for use with its own virtual reality (VR) headset. A VR developer recently stated as much talking about his experience with the headset at the recent Boston VR Bender in which Valve debuted an updated version of the device.
According to the developer, members of Valve revealed that they have a ‘Dota 2 VR experience’ in which players sit at a table that has one of the title’s entire arenas on display. Apparently the device’s positonal tracking can be used so that players can lean down into the map and inspect the action up close. The developer also claimed that the company has a second Dota 2 VR project in which players simply watch the title’s heroes fight. The developers apparently called this demo ‘very scary’.
Typically Valve has exhibited its VR headset with a range of tech demos, which include characters from Portal 2. This is the first we’ve heard of new VR software from the company since it showed off the headset at its Steam Dev Days in June 2014. It has since said that it doesn’t plan to release its VR headset commerically, instead supporting the Oculus Rift. But could the developer at least release some of these demos? Could Dota 2 become fully compatible with VR?
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