Valve to demo new virtual reality hardware at Steam Dev Days

#Valve has announced plans to show of its own virtual reality hardware prototype in early 2014.

The #hardware will be demoed at #Steam Dev Days, a two-day game developer conference being held from January 15-16 in Seattle.

The event will feature roundtable discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including in-game economies, #Linux game development, user generated content, the Steam Controller and virtual reality.

Valve tech guru Michael Abrash will host a session called ‘What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years’. According to the official talk description:

We’ve figured out what affordable Virtual Reality (VR) hardware will be capable of within a couple of years, and assembled a prototype which demonstrates that such VR hardware is capable of stunning experiences. This type of hardware is almost certainly going to appear in short order, and the time to starting developing for it is now. This talk will discuss what the hardware is like, and the kinds of experiences it makes possible. A few attendees will be randomly selected to try out the prototype following the talk.”

Abrash revealed in April 2012 that Valve was working on wearable computing “where both computer-generated graphics and the real world are seamlessly overlaid in your view; there is no separate display that you hold in your hands (think Terminator vision)”.

Valve programmer Joe Ludwig will also give a Steam Dev Days talk called ‘Virtual Reality and Steam’. The official description reads:

Come and hear what Valve is working on in Steam to support and promote Virtual Reality (VR) games. This includes a discussion of the Steam Overlay in VR, Steam store changes for VR, and our VR plan for Steamworks.

Sony intends to launch a PlayStation-branded virtual reality headset. The company is weighing up whether the PS4 device should be pitched as a key differentiator for the console or a non-essential add-on.

Evolution Studios is thought to be working with the headset to simulate a cockpit view on PS4 title DriveClub, which was recently delayed from November 2013 to early 2014.

The PlayStation virtual reality headset is tentatively scheduled for release in the autumn of 2014, according to alleged development sources.

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