Valve announces SteamVR, promises GDC demo

Steam machines are still missing in action, but Valve is pressing ahead with its hardware efforts. Late yesterday, the company announced Steam VR, a “previously-unannounced . . . hardware system.” A full reveal is scheduled for the Game Developers Conference early next month.

Steam is bringing the best games and user-generated content to exciting new destinations. At GDC 2015, we’ll be giving demos of the refined Steam Controller, new living room devices, and a previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system.
With the introduction of SteamVR hardware, Valve is actively seeking VR content creators. Are you a developer or publisher interested in experiencing the new SteamVR hardware? We’ll be giving scheduled VR demos during the week of GDC, March 4th-6th, 2015, at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Interested parties can apply here to get a demo of the SteamVR devkit at GDC. “Space is limited,” Valve says; “schedule your demo today!”

We’ve been hearing about Valve’s VR development efforts for a while now, so I’m curious to see what the company has hatched. Will this be an Oculus-killer, or is Valve is taking the VR concept in a different direction altogether?

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    • tipoo
    • 5 years ago

    Pretty excited to try the finalized steam controller. As a primarily PC gamer, I never found console joysticks accurate enough. Exactly what this is selling itself with. Hope it’s good.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 5 years ago

    Ironically I feel like HL 1 aged better than HL2 because HL2 has so many loose ends right now and HL1 is basically, “who is the G-man???”

      • torquer
      • 5 years ago

      Thats easy. Its Krogoth – notice how he’s never particularly impressed with Gordon Freeman’s actions??

    • deepsky
    • 5 years ago

    I think Valve has money problems. They need an investor. Hence no development of Half Life 3, Left 4Dead 3, Source 2, any their many other projects. For Valve, Steam is kind of like buying a boat(It is their boat).. It costs a lot to maintain that boat and its many projects related to that boat.

    If I were Valve I would stick to my Bread and Butter.

    1)Steam
    2)Source
    3)Half Life 3
    4)Left 4 Dead 3

    In that order.

      • Prestige Worldwide
      • 5 years ago

      90% sure that was a troll post, but Valve has likely made far more money from Steam than all of their games combined. Steam is their bread and butter now if you ask me.

      • anotherengineer
      • 5 years ago

      Valve…………….money problems……………………

      bahahaha

      And the north pole has no snow.

      • Grigory
      • 5 years ago

      0) Portal 3 🙂

    • Grigory
    • 5 years ago

    VR gear made by a huge name that is capable of delivering the software to go with it and it’s not connected to facebook. Sounds pretty good to me. 🙂

      • Pwnstar
      • 5 years ago

      If it takes 10 years to be created, is that really “delivering”?

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 5 years ago

      A Facebook sponsored Rift is like a Budweiser sponsored race car. There ISN’T BEER in the CAR.

    • anotherengineer
    • 5 years ago

    [url<]http://www.quickmeme.com/img/e4/e4638222e5572e26132c9a5e6c295a54f6e33b63a83b237c22769508e75af330.jpg[/url<]

      • Pwnstar
      • 5 years ago

      The GabeN needs more food.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 5 years ago

    Gotta be so hard to be Valve, not launching so much vapor ware all at once…

      • chuckula
      • 5 years ago

      Considering that Valve’s main product is called Steam, the “vaporware” part is generally intentional.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 5 years ago

        [url=http://sadtrombone.com<]sigh[/url<]

    • deniro444
    • 5 years ago

    I would LOVE if they made Left for Dead 3.

    • Meadows
    • 5 years ago

    Half-Life 3 VR. You can almost believe it’s really there.

    • MrJP
    • 5 years ago

    Dear Valve. Please just focus on one thing and finish it?

      • NTMBK
      • 5 years ago

      Yeah, bring out Ricochet 2 already!

        • JJAP
        • 5 years ago

        Good mod, great LAN game. Sadly, futuristic sports mods (HL and otherwise) never went anywhere.

      • sweatshopking
      • 5 years ago

      exactly this. too many projects that go NOWHERE. maybe they should actually complete something they’ve started, like steam machines or the source 2 engine. Source 1 and the Unreal 3 engine were announced around the same time, and unreal 4 games have been shipping for a while. Still not even an announcement of source 2.

      • Goofus Maximus
      • 5 years ago

      Half Life 3. Steam Machines. Now VR…

      All three have this in common: I don’t expect to see any of them soon. By the time the Steam Machine finally rolls around, IF it rolls around, it will be largely irrelevant. VR will probably suffer the same fate.

      I wish they’d just stick to a few software projects, like, say, Half Life 3. 😉 Valve is a software company, and should stick to software. If they feel some stupid need to branch out somewhere, then they should branch out into other software, such as utilities or phone apps….

    • Chrispy_
    • 5 years ago

    Valve; So many non-HL3 projects.

    It’s like they’re actively trying to make the Half-Life saga a white whale.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 5 years ago

      It’s a dead end, why keep hoping? If it comes out, great. If not, oh well. There are other games.

        • Chrispy_
        • 5 years ago

        Because HL2 (Episode 3) is the poster child for Valve’s inability to follow something through to completion

        Valve is like an ideas lab that generates hundreds of ideas but never realises any of them. The minute they get bored halfway through working on a project, they abandon it and announce three new ideas instead (none of which will ever see the light of day).

    • tviceman
    • 5 years ago

    HL3D confirmed.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 5 years ago

      Black mesa with a Rift sounds cool.

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