Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

LG is making a new VR headset that uses Valve's SteamVR system

LG is making a new VR headset that uses Valve's SteamVR system

CNET reached out to LG and Valve for comment.

Valve has announced that LG Electronics will be unveiling its first foray into VR at the GDC (Game Developers Conference) this week.

During the show, LG will be meeting with developers to collect feedback and impressions as part of its effort to define the first commercial units.

In a brief email from Valve they have announced that LG is developing a new VR headset.

LG is making a new VR headset that uses Valve's SteamVR system

SteamVR is Valve's 3D tracking technology, which uses a system of sensors to map positional information from the HTC Vive headset and controllers in a room.

This will be LG's second attempt at penetrating the virtual reality market. It will be demonstrated at Valve's booth at GDC, and according to Valve it's designed "to deliver a high fidelity, next generation VR experience". In 2016, it had released a 360-degree VR headset as an accessory for LG G5. The company also confirmed that the new VR headset will be wired and will run on PCs. However, it was met with negative reviews. The incorporation of the OpenVR platform would mean that the LG VR headset would include SteamVR tracking. What specs the new LG VR headset has when it launches will definitely be of interest, in addition to what platforms it will work with.

"Eye tracking opens up several interesting possibilities to both VR developers and customers", Valve's Yasser Malaika told Tom's Hardware.

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