Valve To Talk Vive, Steam VR at Rezzed
Yesterday saw the surprise announcement of the HTC Vive, a new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) created by the Taiwanese smartphone maker in partnership with legendary videogame developer Valve. The device is set to be on display at both Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week in Barcelona and San Francisco respectively. UK-based VR fans won’t be missing out on the Vive for long, however, as Valve is set to talk about the device at EGX Rezzed in London next week.
Valve’s Chet Faliszek will be discussing Vive at a developer session at the event on 13th March 2015. Faliszek will discuss what the company has learned from working with the tech and its developers so far as well as hosting a Q&A session in which fans will get to ask their own questions about the HMD and Steam VR. It’s not clear if the HMD itself will be on display at Rezzed, which places most of its focus on indie videogames. HMDs such as the Oculus Rift will be on display at the show, albeit through developers.
The Vive allows for ‘room scale’ user tracking in areas of up to 15 feet by 15 feet. The kit uses Steam VR ‘base stations’ to provide tracking and also works with two controllers that allow players to interact with virtual environments. HTC has already confirmed that a developer kit for the Vive will be launching in spring 2015, with a consumer product expected to release in time for Holiday 2015. Studios creating content for the device so far include the likes of The Room developer Fireproof Games and Surgeon Simulator team Bossa Studios.
VRFocus is at GDC this week to deliver the latest on Vive and other VR HMDs and will also be attending Rezzed.