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Valve readying its own virtual reality prototype with Steam

•, Raymond Wong
And that's not all Valve plans to introduce next year. At its Steam Dev Days developer's conference on January 15-16, Valve's Mike Abrash will demonstrate an "assembled prototype" and "discuss what the hardware is like, and the kinds of experiences it makes possible." The Steam Dev Days site says the prototype will outline "what VR could, should, and almost certainly will be within two years" as well as show off how Steam will be optimized for a VR experience.

It should be an interesting event, considering Abrash is doing research and development on wearable computing for Valve.

"I'm becoming steadily more confident that my current project, VR, is going to be one of the game-changes," Abrash wrote in a blog post in July. "That opinion was recently bolstered by the experience of wearing a relatively inexpensive prototype head-mounted display that is possibly the best VR hardware ever made, probably good enough to catapult VR into widespread usage, given the right software."

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