As we all know, Virtual Reality is quickly becoming the future, as this is where the larger game companies have been moving over their man power. There was a Valve employee that estimated that roughly a third of Valve is working on VR and VR-related projects. I feel that this technology is quickly becoming one of the most popular game consoles. Or at least it will be eventually. With the hefty price tag of $800, the HTC Vive is no dollar store item. But this hasn’t stopped people from getting their hands on the technology anyways. As of just recently, the University of Advancing Technology has acquired one and made it available to the students to use. Only one evening was enough for me to gather these thoughts and come up with an idea of how this is going to go. Now obviously I’m not a Valve employee, nor can I see the future, so take everything I say with a bit of skepticism, just in case.
Greetings and salutations! If you are in tune with current matters exploding over the internet, then it would be a no brainer that Steam is under a lot of heavy fire under a new business practice that has emerged here recently. For those of you who are not too familiar with the situation, what is happening is that Steam is allowing for the developers of video game mods to charge or offer their mods at a fee. From the outside, what is happening is that mods that were generally for free within the Steam workshop for these games are now being charged for, and from the inside, they are rightly getting some monetary compensation for all of the hard work that would go into the significantly more premium content. The guinea pig that is currently being tested right now is the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
So there was a lot that happened at GDC this year. DirectX and Vulkan 3D APIs that I talked about in the last post just scratch the surface. Among everything that happened at GDC, Valve arguably had the most extensive and most industry-changing announcements. This blog post on the Valve website goes over most of the stuff that they announced in more detail, and the Steam Universe website has plenty of awesome info about each product as well as some sweet pictures that I'll post below.