SteamVR revealed as HTC Vive headset

GDC 2015 hasn’t quite kicked off yet, but Valve has already let one of its cats out of the bag. The oft-rumoured, long-promised SteamVR headset has been shown off – a joint project with HTC named Vive – and it’s due out later this year.

Rather than Valve making the statement, it was the Taiwanese hardware company who made the announcement – although we’ve been told this isn’t the only big thing coming from Valve.

The Vive headset features two 1200×1800 90 FPS displays, and boasts a laser position sensor as well as a gyrosensor and accelerometer, promising to track your location up to 1/10th of a degree. If you want to move around a bit, you can use two Steam VR base stations to triangulate your position within a space of up to 15 feet by 15 feet.

Audio is provided via your own headphones, which means the headset should be a bit cheaper (no price has been discussed yet). HTC has created its own controllers, however – and The Verge reports that the manufacturer is already mentioning non-gaming companies like Google and Lionsgate as partners, promising Vive will be used for more than just video games.

The HTC Vive headset

The HTC Vive headset

While this is certainly amazing news, remember that Valve partnered with multiple hardware companies to produce its Steam Machines, so it’s possible that this new HTC headset is just one of a range of VR gadgets the company’s working on. While we certainly like being provided with options, some times it’d just be nice for Valve to concentrate on doing one thing well, rather than spreading itself a bit thin.

Either way, more news from Valve – and about the Vive headset in particular – is due out this week as we kick off GDC 2015 in San Francisco!

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