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LG Electronics announces plans for new virtual reality headset

02 March, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • ​LG and Valve are working on a VR headset

In a statement sent to UploadVR, the Half-Life developers said LG's device would be "a SteamVR tracking headset" that will offer "a high fidelity, next-generation VR experience". 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.

This is also not LG's first venture into virtual reality.

Given that the game developer's goal is to get third-party developers to use its SteamVR Tracking technology, it should be expected that more VR devices will come out. Primarily this has been through Valve setting up its own dedicated VR channel of its Steam distribution platform, and in promoting developing technologies including Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive; the latter overtaking the former in terms of popularity, both from gamers and devs. CNET reached out to LG and Valve for comment.

LG has yet to share any specific details about the VR headset.

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Valve has confirmed today that it has roped in LG to work on its SteamVR platform at this year's GDC.

Valve has announced that LG Electronics will be unveiling its first foray into VR at the GDC (Game Developers Conference) this week.

Pricing, launch dates, and territories will be announced at a later date, says Valve.

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