Arguably the biggest feature of Valve’s SteamVR system is the Room-Scale tracking, which allows those wearing a supported head-mounted display (HMD) to move within a space of up to 15-feet by 15-feet and have those movements replicated within the given experience. This is carried out via a laser-based tracking system known as ‘Lighthouse’. Recently, Valve has revealed the very first iteration of this device, which it intends to showcase at the upcoming Maker Faire event in San Mateo, California, USA next weekend.
Valve’s Chief Pharologist Alan Yates revealed the first, rather crude, version of Lighthouse on Twitter, the image of which can be seen below. Clearly in its very early stages, the device looks very different to the pair of black boxes that make up the version of Lighthouse that developers will be getting their hands on in the near future as it arrives as part of the development kit for the upcoming HTC Vive HMD. Yates himself will be appearing at Maker Faire on 16th and 17th May 2015, talking about the early iteration of the kit.
Developer sign-ups for this edition of the HTC Vive opened a few weeks back. Valve and HTC are planning to make the kit available to consumers in time for holiday 2015, pitting it just ahead of the release of the consumer Oculus Rift in Q1 2016. A supposed leak recently hinted at what titles might be ready for the launch of the device. The list included the demos and experiences that were first revealed along with the kit in March 2015 as well as some surprising new additions such as Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation and a mysterious VR edition of Game of Thrones.
VRFocus will continue to follow SteamVR and the HTC Vive closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the system.