Bellevue gaming powerhouse Valve just revealed that in addition to a new gaming computer, the company is also making virtual-reality hardware to compete with Facebook’s Oculus VR and other emerging VR devices.
Valve disclosed the new hardware project in a brief news release inviting developers to try the gear — including the Steam VR hardware system — at next week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. It will also show “new living room devices” but didn’t provide further details.
The release said Valve will be showing the final design of its long-awaited Steam game controller along with Steam Machines, the open-source entertainment PCs that it first unveiled in January 2014.
There’s apparently a big potential market for Valve’s hardware. Its Steam game service now has more than 125 million active accounts, plus more than 4,500 games and 400 million pieces of user-generated content contributed by its members, the release said.