Valve CEO Gabe Newell Talks About the Future of VR
During an interview with Tom’s Hardware earlier this week about VR and his vision of the future, Valve CEO Gabe Newell expressed cautious optimism concerning the new technology, even going as far as to admit his company is already looking toward the next generation of this revolutionary new hardware.
Though optimistic, Newell also said that Valve is keeping in mind that the whole VR thing may flop, explaining that unless something has a chance of failure it may not be particularly interesting to start with. Valve sees itself as a sacrificial lamb of sorts, figuring that even if VR turns out to be a pipe dream, other companies will be able to learn from its mistakes and take the baton on to new challenges. That said, if it does succeed, then Valve and its CEO are sitting on a goldmine. See the full video below where Newell explains his thinking.
Newell also feels that Valve has laid enough of the groundwork for VR through Steam that the company is once again ready to focus on creating games: Valve right now is planning three VR games, though Newell was understandably reticent regarding their details. This shifting of priorities also stems from the idea that currently there is too little to draw gamers toward VR. By making games that utilize the promise of VR more fully, Valve is hoping to make it more popular.
As for plans even further down the line, Newell revealed that Valve is producing next-generation hardware that should make the VR experience even more immersive, like the “knuckles” controller as well as the Lighthouse Base Station, which should open up gamers’ entire house to VR movement. Newell may be preparing for the whole VR experiment to fail horribly, but at least he’s leaving as little as he can to chance.
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