LG is officially jumping into the virtual reality hardware pool this week, and it will have some support from Valve. The creator of the SteamVR platform announced it will be demoing a prototype of LG’s VR headset this week as part of the 2017 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Valve’s email press release was short on details, but it did say that LG’s hardware prototype “is designed to deliver a high fidelity, next generation VR experience.” It added that during GDC, LG will be collecting impressions and feedback for its VR prototype from developers that can be used to help the company refine its design for a full commercial headset product. Naturally, the release date, pricing and availability of this new LG product have not been announced, and it’s likely it will be a while before that information is revealed.
We can comfortably assume that since LG is showing off this VR prototype at Valve’s GDC booth, it will be using the SteamVR platform, which is the same one that the HTC Vive headset supports. Since we don’t have any details about its hardware specs, it’s way too early to speculate on what it’s capable of doing. It’s possible that the hardware is PC-based, like the Vive is, but LG could also be releasing a standalone headset that doesn’t need an external PC for it to work.
LG is adding itself into the already crowded pool of companies working on VR hardware. Besides the Vive, there’s Facebook and Oculus with the Rift, Sony with its PlayStation VR, and the many mobile-based solutions. LG’s headset is going to have to stand out with some pretty impressive features if it is going to make an impression in the small, but growing, VR space.
What do you think of LG partnering with Valve on its own VR headset? Can it succeed or is it too late to the party? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!