Valve’s virtual reality (VR) platform is coming to market, Valve’s CEO Marc “Papillon” Hammer has said.
Hammer has been speaking to investors at the company’s annual meeting.
It’s been three years since Valve’s first public demo of its VR-enabled platform, the ValveVR, launched in 2014.
Now, Hammer has confirmed that the company has gone through the usual process of putting together its VR headset and developing software to integrate the platform into its games.
Hammer, who has worked on other VR games, said that Valve’s headset is ready for primetime.
“We’ve had our hardware and software in place for about two years now,” Hammer said at the annual meeting, as reported by Ars Technic.
“That’s been pretty solid.
It takes some time, but we’re now at a point where we can really start shipping.”
Hammer said ValveVR is still in development, and it has yet to hit the full release of its software for the platform.
“There’s some things in the pipeline, and there’s a lot of stuff still being worked on,” Hammer told investors.
“The things we have are going to be a pretty great product.”
He said that there’s still a lot to be done before Valve can put ValveVR into widespread use.
“It’s going to take some time for the software to get out,” he said.
Hammer told the crowd that Valve has already worked with some big names in the tech industry. “
But there’s some cool stuff in the works, and we’re very excited about it.”
Hammer told the crowd that Valve has already worked with some big names in the tech industry.
He said the company is working with companies like Nvidia and Intel.
“Nvidia and Intel are partners that Valve is really really good at working with, and they’re really good about this technology,” he added.
“They know exactly what they’re doing, and what we’re doing is very, very similar to what they do.
And so we have a great relationship with them.”
ValveVR will launch for $199 on the Oculus Rift and $299 on the HTC Vive.
Valve is also developing its own VR headset for the Rift, called SteamVR.
ValveVR was announced at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
Valve has been building its VR platform for a decade, and Hammer said the software is ready to hit primetime this year.
The company also has a new version of its SteamVR game streaming service for PC.