Valve recently confirmed through a job listing that it was moving into the hardware business. After claiming lack of innovation in the PC video gaming space, Valve is keen on bringing new stuff that will attempt to change how we play games on the PC.
Just today Gordon Stoll revealed the new gaming headset that is still in its conceptual stage. Gordon says that the headset will allow players to completely lose themselves in a virtual world created by the glasses. He also claimed that the technology will soon allow the gamers to blend the physical world with the alternate reality world of the video games they play.
The headset was revealed to The New York Times, which explains the virtual reality glasses as a set of boxy glasses. And of course if anyone is making a virtual reality glass product, it is bound to be compared to Google’s upcoming Project Glass, which is exactly what Times did.
The virtual reality glasses project is being led by Michael Abrash who believes that the glasses are capable of running augmented reality based video games. He also revealed that Valve has no plans of producing the glasses in house, it is infact going to share the idea with the entire world, entitling hardware companies to reproduce the glasses.
Gabe Newell has already said many times that the company will do whatever is needed to be done. With this saying, Abrash added that Valve is targeting mass production of the glasses but will not be done by the company, infact it will be given out to other companies to produce under their own names. So we can expect to see a lot of different versions coming out in this case.
In other news, it has also been confirmed that on Monday Valve will be beginning a public test of their new Big Picture project. This new project will bring Steam to your HDTV and let you play games in the living room.
Valve confirmed that controller support will be added so that anyone can easily grab a controller and start playing games on their TV. The user only needs to make sure that the game is supported by the controller they have.
Other details were not presented by Valve, but that could change this Monday as Times has confirmed that the company will be beginning the public test of the project. Hit back on Monday to see what you will be able to do with steam on your TV.