Valve's Hardware is a Set of Gaming Goggles
-Eric Lee Lewis
Earlier this week it was reported that Valve was going to start making hardware. Well, it turns out that Valve is developing a set of virtual reality glasses that will make players feel like they are in the game.
Also, Valve is developing something called “Big Picture Mode” that will bring Steam to your television. Big Picture Mode enters beta tomorrow and more news will follow.
Until then, here is an excerpt from Valve’s feature in The New York Times:
Every way I look, the scene shifts, the battle unfolds. I have a crazy contraption strapped to my head: a boxy set of goggles that looks like a 22nd-century version of a View-Master. It immerses me in a virtual world. I whirl one way and see zombies preparing to snack on my flesh. I turn another and wonder what fresh hell awaits.
Now Valve executives think they may be onto the next big thing in games: wearable computing. The goggles I’m wearing - reminiscent of the ones Google recently unveiled to much hoopla - could unlock new game-playing opportunities. This technology could let players lose themselves inside a virtual reality and, eventually, blend games with their views of the physical world.