LG to debut its own virtual reality SteamVR headset at GDC 2017

LG to debut its own virtual reality SteamVR headset at GDC 2017

"This demo is the result of the experience and the valuable learnings we have accumulated during our relationship with Valve, a company that had the foresight to see the value of eye tracking at an early stage", said Christian Villwock, a director at SMI. The technology, which Valve licenses out for use by hardware manufacturers, allows for a more realistic VR experience because it means users can move and look around virtual objects, rather than requiring them to be stood or sat in one spot.

Price and availability will be announced "at a later date", according to Valve. During the presentation of the headset, LG plans on "meeting with developers to collect feedback and impressions as part of its effort to define the first commercial units". The company also confirmed that the new VR headset will be wired and will run on PCs. However, this is not the first time LG has trotted down the VR path. Also, LG has experimented with VR in the past - like when it launched the 360 VR headset for LG G5 flagship. However, it was met with negative reviews. The VR headset is expected to directly compete with the Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive.




LG and Valve are working on a new, high-fidelity VR headset. And, like we said, it will be based around the SteamVR system, which was opened to developers and manufacturers a year ago. This makes LG's upcoming VR headset a direct competitor to HTC Vive in that regard.

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