Valve announces SteamVR, debuting at next week’s Game Developers Conference

Valve logoOn Monday, Valve Software updated its store's "Steam Universe" portal—the one that had previously hosted updates about products and features like "Big Picture" mode and Steam Machines—with a new page that teased the company's first-ever virtual reality product.

That device, dubbed "SteamVR," is described as a "previously unannounced hardware system," and it will debut at next week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco alongside "the refined Steam Controller" and "new living room devices." The brief announcement included no virtual reality device mock-ups or announcements of compatible games. In fact, we can't imagine many compatible games exist yet, as the announcement noted that Valve Software "is actively seeking VR content creators." As such, the Steam Universe portal now includes a contact form to schedule GDC demos with Valve to test out the SteamVR Dev Kit.

Curiously, Valve's announcement did not use the term "Steam Machines," which had been the official name for Valve-approved gaming computers that were originally set to launch by the end of 2014. Those were delayed to a 2015 launch in May of last year, and the company hadn't mentioned them since. The page also mentioned that "the Steam Universe is expanding... to a powerful new family of entertainment devices," which leads us to wonder whether we'll see any other form factors beyond living room PCs at this year's GDC.

We also haven't seen any news about the Steam Controller since last July—and that update was nothing more than a leaked mock-up that may or may not have rolled into the controller's final design. We'll be in attendance at GDC, and we'll report back as soon as we lay hands (and eyes) on whatever Valve is cooking up.

Source: Ars Technica

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