Valve Announces New Series of “Room-scale VR” Experiments, Set to Arrive in Time for HTC Vive
Valve just announced a “compilation of new VR experiments,” dubbed The Lab, which will be set inside “a pocket universe” of Portal’s Aperture Science.
According to the team behind Half Life, The Lab includes a new series of VR experiments and tasters that are designed to give gamers “multiple ways to enjoy room-scale VR” on their new, rather expensive Vive headsets. It’s not clear if Oculus Rift owners will get in on that action too, but you can bet they will be.
Better yet, The Lab will be free to download when it arrives on the HTC Vive on Steam this Spring.
The Lab will use Aperture Robot Repair demo from the Portal universe which includes some spectacular visuals, with intricately detailed animation, along with a unique solution to the problem of breaking beyond a fixed, physical play-space.
In addition to the Aperture Robot Repair, Valve has experimented with another franchise in VR, the Magic Shop experience, which is set in DOTA 2’s universe.
For the past couple of years, the US based game development firm has been hard at work growing its library of content for SteamVR. back in January, the company showcased a number of VR launch titles headed to the platform at a developer event in Seattle.
With only a few weeks left until HTC Vive and Oculus Rift start shipping, Valve’s efforts in creating content for VR will surely help fill the gap of lack of actual games to play.
Valve will show the new VR experiences at next week’s GDC 2016.