LG Working On A SteamVR-Powered VR Headset In Collaboration With Valve

28 February 2017, 8:20 am EST By Anne Baker Tech Times
Valve has reportedly confirmed that it is working in partnership with LG to create a new VR headset from the OEM. The LG VR headset will be using Valve’s SteamVR technology, which is currently used in the HTC Vive.  ( Maurizio Pesce | Flickr )

LG is reportedly looking forward to give stiff competition to HTC as it has partnered up with Valve to develop a VR headset.

Valve who had earlier teamed up with HTC to make the HTC Vive, announced this information erroneously. Valve let slip that it was building a new VR headset using its SteamVR Technology.

LG Steps Into The VR Headset Arena

The game developer Valve confirmed to publication Road To VR that it will be using the SteamVR tracking technology to create a head-mounted VR device for LG. This will place LG as a direct rival to HTC, which had previously teamed up with Valve to create the HTC Vive VR headset.

It is also being rumored that along with SteamVR technology, Valve may use its own OpenVR platform. However, this is not the first time LG has trotted down the VR path. In 2016, it released a 360-degree VR headset as an accessory for the LG G5. However, the headset failed to make any impression on consumers.

LG is yet to reveal any details about the device, but has said that the new prototype will offer "high fidelity, next generation VR experience."

Valve To Use Its OpenVR Platform?

Valve developed the OpenVR platform in hopes that the design could be used by several hardware makers, apart from HTC, with whom it made the Vive. The developer hoped that other hardware manufacturers could make their own products revolving around the OpenVR platform, as well as execute the system without any changes in the hardware.

Valve's long-term vision seems to be paying off as LG will be building its new VR headset. It will be basing it upon Valve's design. The incorporation of the OpenVR platform would mean that the LG VR headset would include SteamVR tracking.

Valve's SteamVR Technology

SteamVR, formerly known as Lighthouse, is a royalty-free Valve position tracking technology, which currently runs on HTC Vive and is expected to run on LG's new VR headset as well. In 2016, Valve made the technology accessible to all hardware manufacturers who were keen on incorporating it on their devices.

An estimated 500 companies have signed on since then to work with SteamVR, and LG is one of them.

Price And Availability

Valve also stated that a prototype of the LG VR headset will be shown at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017 being held in San Francisco, to get feedback and review from developers and fans alike.

Valve affirmed that information pertaining to the device's pricing, launch date, and territories, will be available soon.

Photo: Maurizio Pesce | Flickr 

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