A development prototype of Valve’s virtual reality headset was shown to budding developers at the recent ‘Boston VR Bender‘ gathering, and perhaps inevitably, a batch of photos have found their way to Reddit.
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The device looks vaguely familiar to the Development Kit 2 by Oculus VR, with a large, black plastic hood and a series of straps to keep it secure. The unit is also covered with white circular spots, which Road to VR suspects are trackable through an external camera mounted on a desk.
Based on the images, it seems that the head-mounted display is still in an early state. The unit looks fairly cumbersome and, in particular, the hood is fairly bulky – many Reddit users have noted how much lower the hood drops in comparison to the Development Kit 2 by Oculus VR.
Still, it’s notable to know that Valve is still continuing its research in this area. It’s unclear whether the company is planning a commercial product though – in the past, Valve has suggested it’ll share technology with its competitors, but never ruled out releasing its own hardware.
Valve has a lot on its plate, so it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see a retail version shelved. With its own video games, the Steam marketplace, SteamOS and Steam Machines, it has plenty to keep itself busy.
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