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Reports: Valve making their own VR HMD and apparently a new VR Half-Life

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It appears Valve are truly getting more serious about Virtual Reality as they appear to be making their own headset. On top of that, apparently a new Half-Life VR game is coming.

Leaked to an imgur album, which contains multiple shots of the new hardware. These includes shots clearly showing a Valve logo:

The uploadvr website has claimed they have had it confirmed by various sources that it is in fact real. As someone who really wants to try VR, I am hopeful Valve will be able to give it a decent price. The current price for most VR hardware is simply out of reach for a lot of people, myself included.

Even more interesting, is that Valve are apparently working on a new Half-Life which will be a VR title. That certainly could be one way to push adoption, I imagine that would turn a few heads that otherwise wouldn't have been interested. Could backfire too of course, if it's VR-only. To keep expectations in check though, reportedly it's a Half-Life 2 prequel and not Half-Life 3.

Valve News Network also have this video up about the Half-Life game which is interesting:

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Considering Microsoft is making moves buying up more studios and making another attempt to fix up the Windows Store, along with some bigger players leaving Steam like Activision, EA, Bethesda with the new Fallout and all this together should make Valve at least a bit worried. Their current growth will only last so long, if others continue to leave and become exclusive to other stores.

Valve obviously need to make moves of their own and it looks like doubling down on VR is what they had in mind. The amount of people that currently own a VR headset as reported on the Steam Hardware Survey is still extremely low (lower than the Linux share) so Valve really will need a decent price on it.

It does make you think about Valve's future plans. They're doing this new VR hardware, some new games and pushing Steam Play to get more games on Linux. Would it be too far-fetched to consider a new Steam Machine? One continued to be powered by their SteamOS Linux distribution that allows VR support out of the box along with a huge back catalogue of previously Windows-only games.

That's a pipe dream of mine though really and I'm basically thinking out loud at this point, as I'm sure it's just different teams working on their own thing. However, if it did all come together, that could be amazing.

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dubigrasu 11 November 2018 at 11:49 am UTC
QuoteI imagine that would turn a few heads
I saw what you did in there.
Sputnik_tr_02 11 November 2018 at 11:51 am UTC
DedaleWell, VR is demanding in terms of GPU power. And GPU's prices are actually insane. So, i do not know if this is the best moment.

Valve is also working on something called SteamVR Motion Smoothing. It is probably a preparation for this.
kuhpunkt 11 November 2018 at 12:07 pm UTC
kuhpunktI'm still baffled how many people think that HL3 would be a VR game. That makes no sense and would be a very very dumb idea.

No, it's a decades old practice called "system seller".

Bundle the new HMD with other hardware like controllers, steam link, a steam box with the most prominent games store and you will be able to build your own eco system.

Might not be the most possible way to work out in this case, but it's certainly not unheard of.

But VR is no system. The PC/Steam is the system. It's not like it's a new console generation, where you need to follow the natural evolution of hardware.

If HL3 would be only in VR... don't you think people would be pissed big time? People that just want to play the game and see where the story goes next. They can't do that if they have to invest in additional hardware for A LOT of money.

Also the gameplay has to be changed rather drastically.
Power-Metal-Games 11 November 2018 at 12:25 pm UTC
In February of this year I got the newest Oculus Rift as a payment for giving c++ programming lessons over Skype to some guy who had 5-6 of these, plus some PlayStation VR (if I remember correctly, of was it for some other console) after some unsuccessful try to make a business with VR etc. I was a little excited to try it, but I tested some games no more than 10 times in total and every time I was, meh...

After that the poor thing has been collecting dust during months before I remembered that it's there and I sold it for 150€ in perfect state, like new. The only thing that I was happy about was the perfect new XBox controller that I would never sold.

What I think about VR? Absolutely uninteresting thing not worth anybody's time and especially not worth the money they are asking for it. If you thought you were missing something because you didn't have a chance to test it, I assure you, you didn't.
kuhpunkt 11 November 2018 at 12:28 pm UTC
And what games did you try? ;)
Eike 11 November 2018 at 12:36 pm UTC
Power-Metal-GamesIf you thought you were missing something because you didn't have a chance to test it, I assure you, you didn't.

I'm assuring the opposite. Do try it.
It's like after sitting in front of the monitor for years or decades, you are finally stepping into it.
Power-Metal-Games 11 November 2018 at 12:45 pm UTC
kuhpunktAnd what games did you try? ;)

I don't remember very well. One free one with some squirrel (I think that's one made by Oculus themselves). Some „game“ where you are on the space station. One psychedelic thing in space (that one made me sick the most
I tested youtube 360 videos. etc. etc.

And I tried Elite Dangerous the game that was the reason why one of my friends brought that Oculus from me.
Julius 11 November 2018 at 12:45 pm UTC
My guess is that we will see a small AMD powered Valve steam-machine that can be attached to a belt to be used for this VR device and otherwise goes into a docking station to work with your TV.
Kiba 11 November 2018 at 12:45 pm UTC
The problem with VR is that most games are just Wii-like minigames. This can change.
Power-Metal-Games 11 November 2018 at 12:50 pm UTC
Power-Metal-GamesIf you thought you were missing something because you didn't have a chance to test it, I assure you, you didn't.

I'm assuring the opposite. Do try it.
It's like after sitting in front of the monitor for years or decades, you are finally stepping into it.

Ok. I'm sure that there are some people that find it interesting. That was only my experience. And also what the guy who gave it to me concluded: people wasn't willing to give 1€ to play with it. They would try it and they were like: "Ok, interesting... but let's play Dota!". At the end he sold all the VR sets.
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