Valve has got us all hot under the headset about the prospect of a bunch more SteamVR headsets that use its Lighthouse technology.
In last week's Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Valve co-founder/president Gabe Newell, we got the first tidbit of information. In reply to a question suggesting that it was only HTC interested in building hardware for SteamVR's system, Valve's Joe Ludwig posted this:
"500 companies have signed up to use Lighthouse and some of them are making HMDs [head mounted displays]. A few of them have talked about that, but a bunch more will announce when they're ready."
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Of course, as he suggests, a lot of these companies will be accessory makers and game developers. But his post suggests we can expect multiple VR headsets that are compatible with Valve's brilliant Lighthouse tracking system. Whether or not we're talking about big tech companies or nimble startups remains to be seen.
Aside from new headset chat, Newell gave us some more details around new Vive controllers and more. "The knuckles controller [snapped at a dev day] is being designed at the same time as we're designing our own VR games."
The HTC Vive is apparently outselling the Oculus Rift two to one so far and a lot of that is down to the work Valve has put into immersive hand and body tracking. We'd especially like to see an affordable SteamVR headset to take on what Microsoft is doing with Windows 10 VR.
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