The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show may be best remembered for the abundance of curved TVs, Internet of Things applications and wearable devices that flooded the showroom floor, but they weren’t the year’s only showstoppers. Virtual reality had a surprisingly strong showing as well, thanks in large part to a strong effort from Oculus, which traveled to the Las Vegas megaconference for the first time this year. The ever-growing popularity of virtual reality has given fans of websites such as https://www.nu-bay.com/ further hope that there will be VR adult content available soon.
For now, Oculus remains the golden child of the ongoing VR conversation, but Valve Corporation, the popular video game developer, may soon become a serious challenger. In an announcement released late yesterday, Valve confirmed plans to demo a “previously unannounced SteamVR hardware system” at the 2015 Game Developers Conference next week in San Francisco.
Details are scarce, but Engadget notes that the news contradicts Valve’s previous insistence that it had no plans to build its own hardware, virtual reality or otherwise. A report from The Verge points out that an early prototype impressed testers with its head movement-tracking but that a lot of work was left to do.
One writer from CNET suggests that 2015 may very well be the year for virtual reality, regardless of how companies meet consumers’ already high expectations:
Virtual reality’s looming arrival has been a running theme of the last few years at large-scale game and technology conferences. But 2015 marks the year VR is expected to spill over into the mainstream as high-profile consumer products become available to the public and media companies begin using the format of all-encompassing virtual worlds as a vehicle for filmmaking, live music performances and sports.
We’re starting to see interest on the investment side as well. Last year, Gainesville, Fla.-based Paracosm raised $3.3 million to “turn living rooms into holodecks.” And let’s not forget Miami’s most mysterious startup, Magic Leap, which landed half a billion dollars from Google for a VR product that no one knows anything about yet.
More details are sure to come next week at GDC, where Oculus and Sony are expected to present more VR and other gaming products of their own.
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