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Valve Launches Room Scale VR Survey

Over the past 6 months Valve and HTC have been taking their upcoming virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Vive, to events across the globe. While an HTC Vive Tour Truck has been making stops at events like PAX Prime in Seattle, USA, other booths have been set up at Gamescom, Germany, and EGX, Birmingham. Thousands of VR enthusiasts and curious gamers have had the chance to get their hands on the kit, then, and now Valve itself is turning to the community to answer a survey on its Room Scale feature.

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The company has launched a ‘Room Scale VR Survey‘, specifically referring to the user-tracking that is highlighted in the HTC Vive and made possible by Valve’s SteamVR system. The survey quizzes people on the location of their gaming PC, the type of computer they will use for VR, the chances of moving that computer and to what kind of area among other aspects. Room Scale tacking has a limit of up to 15 feet by 15 feet and no doubt the company is keen to learn how many users are anticipating using all of this space.

“Hi, SteamVR fans! Over the last few years we’ve been exploring Room Scale VR and can’t wait to send this amazing technology out into the world,” the company wrote in a recent post on Steam. “We’ve learned from taking VR dev kits into our own homes that each set up is a little different.

“So, what will your Room Scale VR space look like for launch later this year? Weigh in on this official survey to help us and other developers best target the whole community.”

The HTC Vive is indeed expected to launch in a limited fashion this year. A wider release is expected in 2016. VRFocus will continue to follow the device closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.