Earlier in the week Valve and HTC partnered up to announce a brand new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Vive. A list of developers working with the kit was revealed shortly afterwards, including names like Vertigo Games and Owlchemy Labs. Also mentioned was Bossa Studios, the popular UK-based team known for its wacky videogame hit, Surgeon Simulator. Just what the studio is working on for Vive remains unclear, but it will be shown off for the first time later on this week.
Bossa Studios co-founder Imre Jele recently confirmed that the project would be at this week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, USA. “I’m very excited that the SteamVR demo experience we’ve been working on for a while now here at @bossastudios will be finally shown at GDC!” Jele noted on Twitter.
He later added: “The SteamVR and I’m hoping the demo we made for it here at @bossastudios will also be available at Rezzed next week. So make sure you come!” Rezzed takes place in London, UK next week on 12th – 14th March. Valve has already confirmed that it will be talking about Steam VR and the Vive at the show, but this seems to be the first confirmation that the kit itself will feature.
Vive incorporates Valve’s Steam VR system to allow users to walk around an area of up to 15 feet by 15 feet and have that movement tracked in a given experience. The kit also features two controllers that are tracked, allowing players to interact with the virtual environment. A handful of projects have been confirmed for the HMD so far, including TheBluVR: Encounter from WEVR and Job Simulator from Owlchemy Labs.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Vive, reporting back with any further updates on the kit.