New HTC Vive Theatre Mode Details to be Announced Next Week

A few days ago, prior to the start of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2016, VRFocus reported on Valve, the company behind the Steam platform and collaborator on HTC Vive, that it would be showcasing an early development of SteamVR Desktop Theatre Mode this week. While we’ve not seen it yet, Valve as mentioned further details will be announced next week.

VRFocus spoke to Valve’s Chet Faliszek who not only confirmed this information, but also said the company had new details to unveil regarding the Lighthouse base stations that enable the HTC Vive’s Room Scale tracking system. Faliszek remarked: “They can do things people haven’t even thought about yet.”

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What that could mean he didn’t say, the consumer versions of the base stations are pretty much identical externally to the HTC Vive Pre developer kit versions, but the internals will have new components. HTC revealed in February that the dev kit versions feature a self-stabilising motor that significantly reduces the vibration in the kit.

With the head-mounted display (HMD) due to begin shipping to customers who have pre-ordered on 5th April, it’s surprise the company still has a few secrets left to reveal on the hardware side.

As ever VRFocus will continue bringing you the latest announcements from Valve and HTC on their headset.