One of our top men is at GDC to bring you the latest from the show floor. We'll also be compiling experiences of people who just demo'd the stuff Valve has at their booth.
This live event has ended.
The folks at Road to VR did a pretty awesome liveblog of Valve's "Advanced VR Rendering" panel. Check it out!
I’m heading off for bed now, sorry that updates to the liveblog and Twitter will pause for a few hours until another SteamDB admin can fill in; it looks like ValveTime will have some updates of the upcoming VR talk, so do follow them.
The Steam controller feels more mouse than gamepad, and the right touchpad is genuinely hard to use as a stand-in for an analog stick.— Ben Gilbert (@RealBenGilbert) March 5, 2015
Valve's VR Lighthouse technology is probably the most significant tech-step revealed at GDC. It's a simple idea based on existing ones.— Erlend Wollan (@Wollan) March 4, 2015
Lighthouse dots the environment with IR dots. And the headset and controllers do inside-out tracking against these. And it works wonders.— Erlend Wollan (@Wollan) March 4, 2015
Everyone I've talked to at GDC who has seen multiple VR demos from various companies likes Valve's experience best.— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) March 4, 2015
Interesting change on http://store.steampowered.com/universe, Valve swapped ‘The Steam Universe is expanding’ for ‘PC gaming is expanding’.
I followed up to be absolutely clear, asking, "The demo being shown does not represent a prototype or indicate any plan for a new Portal?" Lombardi replied, "Correct. Just a demo." So no, this isn't Portal 3. It's just a tech demo until we know more—and I suspect Valve is just having fun with some existing art. Tyler Wilde on PCGamer
Polygon's hands-on: http://www.polygon.com/2015/3/4/8148265/htc-vive-vr-valve-hands-on-impressions
(previous image is from their article)
Yes one of the Steam VR experiences is a short new demo set in Aperture Science. It's incredible.— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) March 4, 2015
Another hands on article from Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/04/htc-vive-hands-on/
HTC's Very Immersive Visual Experience is more impressive for its motion tracking than its display technology Vlad Savov
Verge just published their article about Vive VR: http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/4/8146523/htc-vive-valve-vr-headset-hands-on-preview
While we're waiting, SteamOS sale just started on Steam store: http://store.steampowered.com/sale/steamos_sale