You've got your Oculus Rift. You've got your Sony Project Morpheus. You've got your Microsoft Hololens. Which gaming heavyweight is missing? OK maybe Nintendo, but I'm talking about Valve, and Valve just announced it's making "SteamVR".
In an understated update to its Steam Universe page (where SteamOS and Steam Machines were introduced) Valve says the following about SteamVR:
Steam is bringing the best games and user-generated content to exciting new destinations. At GDC 2015, we'll be giving demos of the refined Steam Controller, new living room devices, and a previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system.
With the introduction of SteamVR hardware, Valve is actively seeking VR content creators. Are you a developer or publisher interested in experiencing the new SteamVR hardware? We'll be giving scheduled VR demos during the week of GDC, March 4th-6th, 2015, at Moscone Center in San Francisco.
What will it be? Hard to tell. Definitely not the CastAR project Valve let go, but almost definitely something interesting. Just yesterday, a Valve VR developer tweeted something about falling asleep in VR:
VR Pro Tip: Falling asleep at your desk with an HMD on will result in the most epic awakening of your life! #presence
— Alex Vlachos (@AlexVlachos) February 20, 2015
So it must be comfortable?
That, and Valve's eaaaarly VR prototypes have surfaced in the wild before, though none of them went so far as to manifest as an actual developer kit.
We'll be at GDC on March 2-6 (the Games Developers Conference) to see this thing in the flesh.
And also Half-Life 3? Hopefully Half-Life 3. I'm sure there's some sort of obscure confirmation for the game hidden away in the Valve blog.