GDC 2017 is beginning to fade into the gap and the VR business is settling down once more as soon as extra earlier than the following massive week of events. Nonetheless, we have now some massive tales floor from a few of the post-show bulletins to get via, plus some cool experiments from the development neighborhood this wekk.
Intel’s Standalone VR Headsets Coming This 12 months
Standalone VR headsets, which function all the required processing power embedded within the device itself, would possibly appear to be a distant dream, however Intel insists they aren’t. This week we reported that the corporate’s reference design for such a device gained’t simply be available to different producers by the tip of the yr however also the first consumer device will probably be available on the market. They’re prone to be pretty expensive though; nearer to $1,000, actually.
Oculus Contact Doubles Rift Steam Customers
We don’t have a number of numbers for VR headset gross sales but; Sony is the only one to offer official knowledge of the three high-end headset makers. Over on PC, Valve’s knowledge for users of its Steam platform does give us some clue of how Rift and Vive are performing, although, and we uncovered some attention-grabbing stats this week. The launch of Oculus’ Contact controllers doubled the number of Rift homeowners that used Steam, little question hungry for brand spanking new content material to play.
HTC Hits Out At Rift Exclusives
For so long as they’ve been making them, Oculus has come underneath fireplace for its exclusives. The corporate’s Oculus Studios titles can only formally be performed on Rift, shutting Vive homeowners out until they use third-party hacks. It’s been some time since that subject has been within the headlines, however HTC’s Joel Breton brought it back into the spotlight when he known as out the corporate, saying Rift exclusives have been hurting builders. Ouch.
Vive Ecosystem Convention Hits China Quickly
HTC could not have an enormous convention like Oculus Join over within the west, however over in China it makes headlines with its Vive Ecosystem Convention. This year’s show will probably be going down in Shenzhen in only a few weeks’ time. We’re not precisely certain what to anticipate from the present although HTC is teasing some bulletins surrounding technique and ecosystem.
VR Isn’t Protected From Cats
Cats have conquered the web and it seems like VR gained’t be any completely different. Now that the Vive Tracker is within the arms of choose builders, Triangular Pixels has leapt at the chance to connect it to their cat. Becoming the device to a jacket that the feline wears, experiences are in a position to detect when the user’s pet walks right into a room so you possibly can keep away from stepping on it.