What a week! We got a look at a raft of new virtual reality games, and we also saw what could be the future of VR at Valve, the company behind the Steam PC digital gaming store and SteamVR (which right now runs on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, and other headsets).
First, let’s get to the games. I’m a firm proponent in the idea software moves hardware — and just ask Sony. With some of the best games around (either for the PS4 or PSVR), it’s the leader in the console and VR headset market.
And between Sony’s State of Play online briefing and Oculus VR’s showing at the recent Game Developers Conference, we’ve got a lot of games coming up. Here’s just a taste:
What’s nice here is that we’re seeing a variety of games — a superhero adventure; the exploration of outer space; sports; dance; and horror. To me, this points to a good ecosystem. We’ll find out how healthy it is when the Oculus Rift S
and the Oculus Quest
go on sale.
And then we’ve got … Valve. It’s Index headset appeared in a leak earlier this week. But it’s coming, and we’ll see it in a package with the Knuckles controllers (the Valve Index Controllers) in an official announcement in May. This could signal a split between the Valve-HTC partnership, in which HTC focuses on enterprise and the Steam company targets games.
But I’m sure the bigger question will be: What about Half-Life 3?
— Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor