Back in January, rumors surfaced that Valve was finally going to launch SteamOS as well as show a new version of the Steam controller at the Game Developers Conference. With exactly one week until GDC, the rumors are taking form again as the company announced the another addition to the Steam family.
The hardware is called SteamVR, and given the popularity of Oculus and the recent rise of Razer’s OSVR, it makes sense that Valve is joining the party. Steam is already one of the biggest PC gaming marketplaces, and adding VR to its arsenal only strengthens the company’s position in the gaming industry.
GDC is the best place to show it off, not only to lure existing VR developers into the fold, but also to introduce new developers to the idea of using VR for their games.
Even with this new product, Valve is still focused on delivering the SteamOS and controller. In addition to SteamVR, the company will show off the latest version of the Steam controller and what it calls "living room devices," which indicates a high probability that we'll get a first glance at the brand new operating system.
Information is still slim at this point, with Valve keeping the juicy details very close to the chest. We’ll find out more about what the company has up its sleeve next week when we sit down to talk to them during our week-long coverage of GDC from San Francisco.