One of the demos HTC has been using at the various events and expos the company has attended with its Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has been Aperture Science. The title it based around the Portal franchise created by HTC’s VR partner Valve. While the demo has only been shown on the HTC Vive HMD, an employee at Valve has now confirmed that the VR demo isn’t exclusive to the device.
In a tweet this week by Valve writer Chet Faliszek, he has confirmed that Aperture Science, won’t be exclusive to the HTC Vive HMD and will support “All OpenVR compatible HMDs with tracked controllers”. The OpenVR platform which is the backbone of Valve’s SteamVR platform allows other HMD manufacturers to utilise the same system effectively meaning cross compatibility. This would allow HMD’s like the Oculus Rift with its Touch controllers to use the software as and when Valve launches it.
The tweet seems to be in response to questions Valve received over the previous weekend at PAX Prime in Seattle, with attendees eager to find out if the VR title would be an exclusive. The answer will please a lot of fans of the Portal games, knowing that as long as they purchase an Open VR supporting headset, there should hopefully be no problems playing the videogame.
VRFocus will continue to follow all the latest announcements from Valve and HTC regarding the progress of the HMD and supporting software.