Gabe Newell talks new Valve VR games and Vive controllers

'We think VR is pretty important as a tool for interesting games.'
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Gabe Newell, the enigmatic head of Valve, has taken to Reddit for another AMA (Ask Me Anything) during which he touched on everything from VR to Half-Life to how he likes his steak cooked (medium rare).

With Valve playing such a large role in virtual reality's evolution right now, questions around the tech were bound to come up. One person asked if Valve was interested in making a full game for the Vive, something more complete than (Wareable Tech Award-winning) The Lab. "Yes," said Newell. "We think VR is pretty important as a tool for interesting games."

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The dearth of "full" games is one of VR's problems right now, so it's interesting to hear - if not that surprising - that Valve is working on more substantial content.

Answering a question about the future of the company, Newell said: "The big thing right now is broadening the range of options we have in creating experiences. We think investing in hardware will give us those options. The knuckles controller is being designed at the same time as we're designing our own VR games."

The knuckle controllers, for those of you unaware, are an evolution of the Vive wand controllers that were prototyped at the Steam Dev Days last year. HTC recently confirmed to Wareable that they are still in the pipeline.

Finally on the topic of new tech, Gabe made an interesting remark that we'll paste in full.

"Products are usually the result of an intersection of technology that we think has traction, a group of people who want to work on that, and one of the game properties that feels like a natural playground for that set of technology and design challenges.

"When we decided we needed to work on markets, free to play, and user generated content, Team Fortress seemed like the right place to do that. That work ended up informing everything we did in the multiplayer space.

"Left 4 Dead is a good place for creating shared narratives."

Now, this intersection clearly encompasses virtual reality right now, and while we don't think too much should be read into this, the Left 4 Dead remark could be a hint that this could be one of Valve's major VR debuts.

Or maybe we're just reading too much into it.

Gabe Newell talks new Valve VR games and Vive controllers


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Now at Business Insider, Hugh originally joined Wareable from TechRadar where he’d been writing news, features, reviews and just about everything else you can think of for three years.

Hugh is now a correspondent at Business Insider.

Prior to Wareable, Hugh freelanced while studying, writing about bad indie bands and slightly better movies. He found his way into tech journalism at the beginning of the wearables boom, when everyone was talking about Google Glass and the Oculus Rift was merely a Kickstarter campaign - and has been fascinated ever since.

He’s particularly interested in VR and any fitness tech that will help him (eventually) get back into shape. Hugh has also written for T3, Wired, Total Film, Little White Lies and China Daily.

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