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LG are making a VR headset, to be shown off at Valve's GDC booth

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And we have another VR HMD contender in the rings folks. LG have announced they will be showing off their own VR HMD at GDC with Valve.

Valve's official statement:

QuoteLG Electronics will unveil its first VR HMD prototype at this year’s GDC in San Francisco, CA. Being shown in Valve’s GDC booth, the LG HMD prototype is designed to deliver a high fidelity, next generation VR experience.

During the show, LG will be meeting with developers to collect feedback and impressions as part of its effort to define the first commercial units. Pricing, launch dates, and territories will be announced at a later date.


Thanks, UploadVR.

Valve developer Chet also confirmed it will be SteamVR compatible:

In case the other tweet is missing - we are expanding the world of @SteamVR with our friends at LG. https://t.co/YgsnWZbef3

— Chet Faliszek (@chetfaliszek) February 27, 2017


Which means it should hopefully work on Linux too, but no word on that yet.

I wonder how many others will start pushing into the VR space. More headsets means more competition which is healthy for us as the people buying it could end up seeing prices being pushed down.

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Ehvis 27 February 2017 at 7:57 pm UTC
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It seems odd that Valve would be actively helping with competition for the Vive. Maybe this is something different. Maybe a Hololens type thing to complement the VR set?
Faalagorn 27 February 2017 at 8:14 pm UTC
EhvisIt seems odd that Valve would be actively helping with competition for the Vive.
Actually, it seems a lot like Valve to me - after all, they did something kinda similar with Steam Machines, partnershipping with multiple companies. The only one who I'd imagine to have problems with it though, would be HTC itself
1xok 27 February 2017 at 8:35 pm UTC
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This is how Android has grown. The companies want to sell their hardware and the customers want to have the choice.
Beamboom 27 February 2017 at 8:44 pm UTC
Ooooh - a high end alternative to Vive? Hopefully wireless too! Colour me interested!
TheRiddick 27 February 2017 at 9:21 pm UTC
Its in Valves and everyone's best interest to promote VR, including more hardware. The whole VR scene is already taken some SERIOUS blows this year with oculus and zenimax nonsense, good chance that platform dies out within a year! (because no one wants to pay 20% tax on their games and headsets in a walled garden scenario!)
Shmerl 28 February 2017 at 2:47 am UTC
I welcome that, as long as there will be an open driver. Otherwise - not interested.

EhvisIt seems odd that Valve would be actively helping with competition for the Vive. Maybe this is something different. Maybe a Hololens type thing to complement the VR set?

Valve aren't making Vive, HTC do. So why can't Valve welcome more partners to make VR headsets?


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Eike 28 February 2017 at 8:23 am UTC
EhvisIt seems odd that Valve would be actively helping with competition for the Vive. Maybe this is something different. Maybe a Hololens type thing to complement the VR set?

Wasn't Vive presented as the first example of Steam VR?
Either way, it's good to see more companies stepping into the ring.
bubexel 28 February 2017 at 8:46 am UTC
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Eike
EhvisIt seems odd that Valve would be actively helping with competition for the Vive. Maybe this is something different. Maybe a Hololens type thing to complement the VR set?

Wasn't Vive presented as the first example of Steam VR?
Either way, it's good to see more companies stepping into the ring.

It's the same as when google took htc to make their first android phones.
Ehvis 28 February 2017 at 9:20 am UTC
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Faalagorn
EhvisIt seems odd that Valve would be actively helping with competition for the Vive.
Actually, it seems a lot like Valve to me - after all, they did something kinda similar with Steam Machines, partnershipping with multiple companies. The only one who I'd imagine to have problems with it though, would be HTC itself

But Steam Machines are pretty much a basic PC with standard components. The current state of VR is much more in a state of research and development. Since HTC didn't completely fail in their first attempt, it makes sense to continue development there and benefit from the experience gained.
Vash63 28 February 2017 at 1:44 pm UTC
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Faalagorn
EhvisIt seems odd that Valve would be actively helping with competition for the Vive.
Actually, it seems a lot like Valve to me - after all, they did something kinda similar with Steam Machines, partnershipping with multiple companies. The only one who I'd imagine to have problems with it though, would be HTC itself

But Steam Machines are pretty much a basic PC with standard components. The current state of VR is much more in a state of research and development. Since HTC didn't completely fail in their first attempt, it makes sense to continue development there and benefit from the experience gained.

Who said they aren't going to continue development there? There's no indication that they've cut ties with HTC, more likely they're working with multiple other companies.
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