Valve shows possible glimpse of SteamVR headset

Earlier this week, Valve teased a new "hardware system" called SteamVR, which it plans to demo at the Game Developers Conference next month. We still don't know what the thing is or what it looks like, but the guys at SteamDB spotted the following image on the Steam Universe signup page:

That's either a very awkward musical instrument or, more likely, an Oculus-style VR headset. For the record, the Steam Universe page is where Valve first mentioned SteamVR—and where prospective GDC attendees can sign up for a demo.

More will (hopefully) become clear next week at GDC. The show kicks off on March 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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    • squeeb
    • 5 years ago

    GabeN is love, GabeN is life.

    • torquer
    • 5 years ago

    They need to stick to making hats for TF2.

    • Antias
    • 5 years ago

    Um, err, hello Valve… The 90’s want their toy back…

    • kt3946
    • 5 years ago

    Is it me, or does that look like a combination of a USB port, VGA cable, and 3-prong power cable festooned on the top of that thing?

    (…imagining some ghetto hack of a crappy VGA LCD display used in those crappy car-video setups plastered together with a few plastic bits and some other cables for good measure)..

    LOL.

    • deepsky
    • 5 years ago

    Im really not excited about Steam VR unless it has Left 4 dead 3 playing on it, or Half life 3, on source engine 2..

    what makes Steam VR any different from Occulus Rift?

      • rahulahl
      • 5 years ago

      Considering it was the guys at Valve, who figured out how to drastically reduce the motion sickness in Occulus Rift, I dare say they do know what they are doing, and could potentially come up with a really good product.

      It also helps that Valve is a company that deals primarily in gaming, unlike Facebook.

        • torquer
        • 5 years ago

        And with their track record in highly successful hardware… Oh wait.

        Just because you are good at some things doesn’t mean you’ll be good at others.

    • Welch
    • 5 years ago

    I got excited and cried all in the same moment… All I saw was.

    “Valve shows possible glimpse of …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..”

    Oh Valve…. why do you tease me so.

    • Billstevens
    • 5 years ago

    I would be pretty shocked if Valve came out with a standalone VR headset given that virtually their entire engineering VR department defected to Oculus before the facebook buyout.

    I would think it is more likely they are doing something joint with Oculus given their past working relationship.

    Valve obviously has added a lot of software gaming support to the VR revolution and may be able to help make VR capable hardware easier to obtain by rating their impending steam boxes as VR ready.

    But the description does sound like a head set… Would be intriguing and unexpected if it is.

    • BSanbizzle
    • 5 years ago

    The best part about this announcement is that it will push Oculus into releasing CV1. The worst (or even better) part is that it will never come out, because Valve is a software company.

    • torquer
    • 5 years ago

    Man, that Steambox revolution really changed the industry didn’t it?

    Valve is deified by many in the industry, but sometimes I wonder what the hell they are trying to do anymore. Steam really drove the online store/downloadable game revolution on the PC side and I thank them for that. They’ve made some great games, and I thank them for that too.

    But, with the ego of Gabe Newell at the helm they’ve become arrogant and wayward. What exactly is their mission statement? What are they trying to accomplish? In my humblest of opinions they should stop screwing around with trying to create an alternative to technologies that work (gaming on Windows, consoles) and stick to creating a great online DRM free game buying experience as well as great games (Half Life 3, anyone?).

      • Disco
      • 5 years ago

      I whole-heartedly agree with your statement.

      Why does Valve continue to spend so much time and effort on building tech that other ‘real’ hardware-focused companies can likely do better? Is it just that they have so much money from the Steam store that they don’t know what to do with themselves?

      I wish they would just get back to making great games (that aren’t MOBAs!). That’s why we love them so much in the first place.

      • Laykun
      • 5 years ago

      If you’ve ever heard Gabe Newell talk about business you’ll soon come to understand the man knows what he’s doing. He’s not just famous for pioneering the store front but many per game business models including unique versions of free to play and trading market systems that have worked out incredibly well for valve (TF2, CS:GO, Steam Market Place). When you hear him talk about the structure of these business models you can tell he’s a very calculating man who understands the minutia of the video game business world. Sure his experience here may not directly translate to a console market but you can be sure he’s decisions are calculated and not just throwing it to the wind to see what happens. There’s a reason Gabe is the kingpin of PC gaming and it’s not by sheer luck or ego.

        • torquer
        • 5 years ago

        You can be smart, successful, talented, and still be an ego maniacal prick.

        He’s basically Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.

        Being successful doesn’t give you an excuse to be an assclown.

    • sweatshopking
    • 5 years ago

    I OMG LOVE THE THREE WIRES ATTACHED TO THE FRONT TOP OF THE DEVICE! THAT’S CERTAINLY THE MOST ELEGANT WAY TO BUILD THIS!

      • Aquilino
      • 5 years ago

      For you, they’re going to make it wireless, so you can look sexy for everybody that’s looking while you are playing alone.
      That will be fifteen hundred plus taxes, please.

      • Grigory
      • 5 years ago

      If it weren’t for all caps you would have a point. 🙂

      • torquer
      • 5 years ago

      You don’t tell Valve what you want. Valve tells you what you want.

        • Ninjitsu
        • 5 years ago

        In Soviet Valve…

      • puppetworx
      • 5 years ago

      Three wires: you know what this means.

        • jessterman21
        • 5 years ago

        Power, audio, DisplayPort 1.2a+ for some x-sync goodness 🙂

        On second thought – couldn’t that be consolidated into one USB 3.1 wire?

          • sweatshopking
          • 5 years ago

          yes. wtf valve.

          • Ninjitsu
          • 5 years ago

          NO, WIRE LIFE 3!

        • NeronetFi
        • 5 years ago

        3 wires on top followed by 1 wire in the back. Half-Life 3 Ep1 Conformed?

      • squeeb
      • 5 years ago

      Calm down..this is clearly beta HW..

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 5 years ago

    Well this pretty much convinced me not to be an early adopter of this tech.

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